Uganda is the
traditional Christian stronghold in East Africa; about a third of
the population are Roman Catholic, a third Protestant and the remainder
split between Islam and the tribal religions. Attendance at religious
ceremonies is thought to be as much as 80%, in Uganda.
Different religious groups
were established in Uganda for many years before the oppression under
the rule of Idi Amin.
In Kampala there are Hindu
temples and mosques in addition to churches and cathedrals belonging
to the Christian denominations.
During Idi Amin's rule,
he expelled all the Asians and the places of worship were left empty
for a number of years. The Asian community is now beginning to re-establish
itself and the buildings are being returned to the religious communities.
Like The Scout Association in the United Kingdom, the Uganda Scouts
Association is open to young people of different faiths and denominations.
- Arrange a visit
to a mosque, synagogue, church or temple, find out the customs and
traditions of a faith in your community.
- Ask someone
of a different faith to come to the Troop meeting and explain about
his or her religion.
- Write a prayer,
to be used at your meeting that concerns the problems of a developing
- Find out about
a faith other than your own; about its holy books, places, customs
- Make a prayer
- Design a 'Quiet
Place' so that you can talk to your God as your friend.
The Scouts could
build something with mini pioneering or pioneering or choose a quiet
place at camp, for instance beside some bushes, near a stream, below
a few rocks, or at the bottom of a hill and so on.