Alternative Scouting Organizations
In addition to the popular Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, there are other scouting organizations. These are a few that may be of interest to Unitarian Universalists. These organizations are in no way endorsed by or affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- Camp Fire USA
Founded in 1910, Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders through leadership development in an inclusive community, welcoming children, youth and adults regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.
- Navigators USA
Navigators USA mission is to introduce boys and girls ages 7-18 to the great outdoors through camping, hiking, skiing, canoeing, rafting and other adventure activities, meet weekly to learn and practice wilderness skills and safety procedures, participate in group games, sports and community service, take youth on trips outside the city once a month during the school year, and help them get into summer camp programs.
- Scouting for All
Scouting for All is a movement started by Steven Cozza when he was a 12-year-old scout. It promotes the idea that boy scouting should be open to all boys, without exclusion of gay youth and adults. The mission of Scouting For All, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to advocate on behalf of its members and supporters for the restoration of the traditionally unbiased values of Scouting as expressed and embodied in the Scout Oath & the Scout Law, and to influence the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to serve and include as participating members ALL youth and adult leaders, regardless of their spiritual belief, gender, or sexual orientation.
SpiralScouts International is a program for girls and boys of all faiths working, growing and learning together. Making its public debut in February of 2001, SpiralScouts International has grown into an expanded program available to anyone world wide. SpiralScouts is based on the idea of children and parents of both genders working together. The program encourages girls and boys to learn, play, and work together under the direction of leaders of both genders as a way of showing by example that both men and women are capable and cooperative leaders.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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