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Post by zone on Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:43 pm

A Mason is not necessarily a member of a lodge. In a broad sense, he is any person who daily tries to live the Masonic life, and to serve intelligently the needs of the Great Architect.






FREEMASONRY AND SCOUTING


http://www.themasonictrowel.com/masonic_talk/stb/stbs/97-12.htm

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Post by zone on Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:45 pm

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses "safeguarded" symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community.

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Members of the OA dress in American Indian-style regalia to assist an Arrow of Light ceremony


Arrow of Light

The Arrow of Light award is the highest award available to Cub Scouts. It requires the Scout to have earned the Webelos Scout badge and eight activity badges. In addition to the skill and activity requirements of the preceding ranks, the Arrow of Light requires Scouts to learn the Scout Promise and Scout Law, and visit one meeting and one activity of a Boy Scout troop, in preparation for advancing to the Boy Scouts. Earning the Arrow of Light will help earn many of the requirements for the lower ranks of the Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light award is the only Cub Scout award[note 1] that can be worn on a Boy Scout uniform. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts wear the badge below the left pocket. Adults wear the square-knot version of the badge above the left pocket. Cub Scouts who earn the Arrow of Light are eligible to join a Boy Scout Troop prior to turning the normally-required age of eleven.

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Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath (Boy Scouts of America)




Scouts on Scout Sunday in Philadelphia, 1949
The Boy Scouts of America have designated the Sunday preceding February 8, or February 8 if it is a Sunday, as Scout Sunday and the following Saturday is designated as Scout Sabbath. The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February as not to conflict with Transfiguration Sunday.

The day is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States. Observation varies by unit and locale. Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the service.

In the United States, Scouting has been used by churches, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer an opportunity for congregations to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program

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Post by zone on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:07 pm

Freemasonry has infiltrated the Boy Scouts?

By John Salza

...is a secret society within the Boy Scouts of America called the “Order of the Arrow” (OA). The OA was founded in Philadelphia on July 16, 1915 by two 32nd degree Freemasons named E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson. The OA society is purportedly an honor society for Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

As both I and members of the OA demonstrate, Messrs. Goodman and Edson patterned their OA rituals directly after Masonic rituals, as well as from pagan, native-American spirituality. These rituals – which include a blood covenant – are being conferred upon innocent boy scouts throughout our country and are harming their souls. I know this first hand – the secret rituals I am posting below came from a scout who had experienced demonic spiritual manifestations after his initiation into the OA. His spiritual director, a priest with a healing ministry and the gift of discerning spirits, sent me the rituals for my review to determine whether they were in fact Masonic (for those who don’t know, I am a former 32nd Degree Freemason). I have confirmed that they are Masonic, which is no surprise, given that the authors of these rituals were high-ranking Masons.

The OA rituals consist of three rites called Ordeal, Brotherhood (formerly known as the “Blood-Rite” degree) and Vigil Honor, corresponding to the three Masonic degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Both the OA and Freemasonry are organized into Lodges. Both the OA and Masonic rituals seek esoteric spiritual knowledge and illumination. Both orders have blood oaths. Unlike Freemasonry, the OA requires its candidates to fast (refrain from food and drink) before they are initiated, which is a spiritual exercise to facilitate union with the deity.

Before I went public with this information, I contacted Mr. Clyde Mayer, the National Executive Director of the OA, to discuss these rituals. In our telephone discussion, Mr. Mayer admitted to me that the OA rituals are indeed Masonic in origin, but he would not admit that these rituals are incompatible with the Christian faith. Mr. Mayer also denied that the Brotherhood degree has a blood-covenant ceremony (he evidently knows only the origins of the rituals of the organization he runs, but not the rituals themselves – even though the original Brotherhood rite was called the Blood-Rite). I asked Mr. Mayer, if I could prove to him that the blood-covenant rite and other incompatibilities with Christianity did exist, whether he would take action by addressing these errors.

Mr. Mayer invited me to send him the rituals (he didn’t have them?) and agreed to get back to me with his thoughts and recommended action steps. I sent Mr. Mayer the rituals which included references to the problematic parts of the ceremonies. In my written communication, I advised Mr. Mayer that if he did not respond to me, I would interpret this silence as adverse to my position, and I would then post these rituals on my website revealing to the public that they are Masonic (which is not a secret, since many members of the OA proudly profess their Masonic nature). Neither Mr. Mayer nor anyone else from OA has made any effort to contact me....

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Post by zone on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:22 pm

Arrow of Light Ceremonies

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Post by Strangelove on Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:03 pm

Scouts always looked kinda creepy. Never went in for it misself.

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