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MR HENDERSON in criticising Scouting (Letters October 25) overlooks the fact that the Scout movement was set up expressly to teach boys and girls to do their duty to God, to their country and to others; that is to think of the needs of others, not only of their own.
Baden-Powell sought to combine that principle with energetic exercise, fun and teamwork. For him God was, as for most believers, the source of justice and compassion, and required those who believe to put the application of those qualities above satisfying the needs of the self.
For Scouting, a belief in God indicates a way of thinking. What agency in contemporary society other than religion has as its prime purpose formally to teach youngsters that considerate, ethical behaviour is a duty, regardless of whether it benefits the self?
Maurice Vassie, Deighton, York.