It has been a few days since I posted about my personal delima with our scout leader
Here’s what I did about it. I hope it’s somehow helpful for you.
I called “Big Phil” and explained very nicely that our family was not Christian, and that while ending a prayer in Jesus’s name at a Cub Scout meeting did not offend me personally, I think it goes against BSA rules and would appreciate it if we could keep things as general as possible.
“Phil” said he absolutely would, thanked me for calling, sincerely hoped he didn’t offend me, so sorry so sorry etc. And I reminded him again that I was not offended, just concerned that the pack would become sectarian.
“Phil” then gave me a shocker: he said he was glad that I called him, because last year someone QUIT over this instead of calling him about it! Why, that would make me think that maybe adding Jesus to a cub scout prayer is not a productive use of time! I made it a point to say so.
“Phil” did ask me what my religion was, and I told him it was personal and not relavant, and would rather keep things nice and general. He didn’t push it, so I guess we’re in a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell agreement.
As for the other issues that were brought up by some well thought out comments:
Yes you can start your own group, and I have already. There are also some great groups mentioned in the other comments, and there is also a group called Adventure Scouts that welcomes all children.
This was a particular thing my youngest boy wanted to do. I made a decision to compromise myself so that my 6 year old doesn’t have to fight the good fight just yet. Soon enough, he will understand that people really do believe in gods and no its not just a thing you say to the flag. But right now all he sees are cool uniforms and patches.
Did I mention the Fluff / Sour Patch Kids stuffed pita pockets?