January 13, 2006


Scouting for alternatives: Youth group is rooted in pagan beliefs (Monica Price, 1/11/2006, MetroTimes)

It’s a scene so wholesome that you’d never imagine most of the parents prefer their families’ names not be printed in this article. Why? They’re afraid someone will accuse them of being satanists.

Founded in 1999 in Index, Wash., the Spiral Scouts was initially conceived as the youth group for the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC). The ATC is the first Wiccan church to receive full legal status. According to its Web site (aquatabch.org), it’s “a coven dedicated to providing religious services and support to the larger Wiccan community.”

But when the Spiral Scouts began a national expansion in 2001, the organization avoided rigid identification with any one particular faith. Though open about its basis in pagan beliefs and practices, Spiral Scouts is described more generally on its Web site (spiralscouts.org) as a “program for girls and boys of minority faiths working, growing and learning together.”

Janet Callahan, 29, program director for Spiral Scouts International, says the group draws members from many religious backgrounds. “We have Wiccans, Druids and a variety of spiritual people who don’t necessarily identify themselves with a certain group,” she says.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2006 9:20 AM

The highest rank you can acheive is Vulture Scout. To earn that, you have to organize a Vulture Project, where you and your fellow Spiral Scouts go out and vandalize some public work. You don't even want to know what goes on at the Board of Review.
I think, instead of Spiral Scouts, Bizarro Scouts would be a much better name

Posted by: Bryan at January 13, 2006 10:01 AM

Hey, witchies. Do you want to see how scouts learn to start a fire with just sticks?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 13, 2006 10:25 AM

Refresh my memory, why is this organization a bad thing again?

Posted by: Brandon at January 13, 2006 11:45 AM

Besides being evil, anti-social and irreconcilable with the values of the Republic?

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2006 12:24 PM

working, growing and learning TOGETHER - now that does sound evil and uhm, anti-social? Hmmmm...

Posted by: hayworth at January 13, 2006 12:39 PM

Classical U.S. Boy scouts is quasi-Pagan anyway,
substituting a mish-mash of American Indian
symbolism and aesthetics for more European
motifs (which would have been more threatening
to Christians).

If not outright Pagan, it is syncretist.

Posted by: J.H. at January 13, 2006 2:15 PM

Wiccans/Druids, it's just one step up from Dungeons and Dragons and Goth/Vampire stuff....just enough to convince themselves they actually mean it.

Posted by: RC at January 13, 2006 2:36 PM

Let us not forget the devotees of Odin et. al. and what for many is the attendant masculinist cult of whiteness. The inclusive, loving feminist mother god worshippers can't deny them nor can they affirm them. Tough spot to be in.

The whole situation makes them mighty Thor (you're mighty Thor? I couldn't thit for a week!).

Posted by: Ed Bush at January 13, 2006 7:40 PM

Do any of their Merit Badges involve blood (human or animal)? Could run afoul of some local ordinances, I suspect.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 14, 2006 10:21 PM