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SCOUTING AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

SCOUTING AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

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Published by: Jean Marconi Carvalho on Jun 23, 2007
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SCOUTING ANDSPIRITUALDEVELOPMENT
 
World Organizationof the Scout MovementOrganisation Mondialedu Mouvement Scout
© World Scout Bureau,October 2001.Reproduction is authorized toNational Scout Associations whichare members of the WorldOrganization of the ScoutMovement. Others should requestpermission from the publishers.World Scout BureauP.O. Box 2411211 Geneva 4, Switzerlandworldbureau@world.scout.orghttp://www.scout.org
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.INTRODUCTION 1
1.1Purpose of the document 11.2A few explanations about terminology 2
1.2.1
Education and development 2
1.2.2
Religion 3
1.2.3
Spirituality 4
1.2.4
A few additional remarks 7
2.YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY AND THE RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL DIMENSION 9
2.1A few preliminary notes 92.2A rapid survey around the continents (i.e. the majorgeographical-cultural zones of the planet)102.3Some fundamental questions on the major religions and streamsof spiritual thought in the world today152.4Some notes on the religious/spiritual world of young people today21
2.4.1
Individualization21
2.4.2
Spiritual perception versus superficiality22
2.4.3
 The homogenizing experience of time23
2.4.4
 The desacralization of sex23
2.4.5
Social culture: complexity and polycentrism, the market ofmultiple choice242.5Religions and cultures: traditional, modern and post-modern26
3.SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT INBADEN-POWELLs THINKING29
3.1The spiritual dimension is fully present in B-P’s thinking sincethe very beginning293.2The spiritual development is not an “added dimension”. It makespart of the whole and it is integrated303.3The spiritual dimension: nature of Scouting as an educationalmovement. Importance of education vs instruction313.4The importance of nature in the educational process and inspiritual development323.5The spiritual dimension should be a unifying factor in Scouting,not a divisive one32
Box:
Relationship between Scouting, nature and religious experience33
4.THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION IN SCOUTING. EDUCATIONALAND LEGAL CONSEQUENCES IN THE HISTORY OF THEMOVEMENT35
4.1Pedagogy of the Scout Movement354.2The question of Duty to Godand the alternative promises36
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