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"The Salvation Army Scouter - an editorial
(This short editorial first appeared in the first (and so far
only) issue of The Salvation Army Scouter in September 1996. The
purpose behind the journal was, and still is, that Salvation Army
Scouters are in a unique position, being part of two great
international organisations, are not serviced adequately by either of
these organisations. To many within Scouts Canada, we remain an
enigma. To many within the Salvation Army, we are seen as a fringe
group at our Corps, not the extremely important social-church tie
that we are, or should be. In recent years, Scouter-Guider
Conferences have not taken place, and now that Girl Guides of Canada
and the Army have gone their separate ways, it doesn't seem to me
that there will be Scouter Conferences. We need to change this. I
created the first issue for the Scouter-Guider Conference at
Madawaska (1996) with the hopes of someone from Headquarters realise
that we need better communication and servicing. So far, it hasn't
happened. Hopefully in the near future, this will become an
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Scouter is a quasi-literary and ideas
publications intended for all Scouters; however, it is primarily
aimed at Scouters serving within the Salvation Army Scout movement,
formerly known as the Life-Saving Scouts.
Effective communication between Scouters themselves and varying
levels of Salvation Army bureaucracy is necessary in order for the
Salvation Army Scout movement to carry out its mandate: to further
the aims and principles of Scouts Canada, and more importantly, to
bring young men and women of Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer, and Rover
age to a personal and saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Above all else, the latter was the prime purpose of Col. Rufus T.
Spooner's Life-Saving Scouts.
It is hoped that this small effort will enlarge with contributions
from across the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Everybody should have
programming ideas that are proven. These need to be shared. A prayer,
craft suggestions, Divine Service item? This can be your forum.
As we begin another Scouting year, let's remember to pray for each
other, our Scouts, and our leaders across the country. "For this
reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying
for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in
order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him
in every way; bearing fruit in every good work..." (Colossians
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