Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 12:36:04 -0600
Well the reluctance to speak definitively on sexual morality seems to go
back to BP himself. While he does speak of encouraging the boys to be
honorable in their conduct, most of what I have seen from him says that
this is a matter for boys and their parents/clergy/etc. (He does also
make exception in Aids for Scoutmasters for those boys whose parents
would prefer the SM talk to the boys).
The problem is that families have widely different takes on what is
appropriate behavior, and except where those behaviors
interact/interfere with scouting I'm not sure that it is appropriate for
the BSA to speak more on it. I.e., it is perfectly reasonable for the
BSA to prohibit sexual activity on campouts, but as far as addressing
dating habits that would seem to be a family affair.
Where the troop can act is working through the discussion/reflection
activities (such as DELTA) to teach the boys how to make ethical
decisions even in difficult situations. They can also help teach the
boys to have the courage to implement the decisions which are made.
Then it is up to the family and church to teach the morals upon which
the decisions will be made.
At least that is how I see the matter. As a SM, I would be very
hesitant to say much to any of my scouts on the issue, except to
encourage them to talk with their parents or pastor/priest. If they
didn't feel they could do that, and really wanted to talk with me, I
would try to defer long enough to talk generally with the parents and
get their permission as well as a read on what the family rules are.
Only in an extreme situation would I just go ahead and talk with the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City