Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
Matt Harline (harline@GSLXSRV1.ROSE.HP.COM)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 12:20:52 PDT
>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.
An interesting question about "prohibiting sexual activity on campouts".
Or for that matter, any troop or patrol meeting or activity. The
original question delt with a young man who was verbally harrassed.
Is this part of the "prohibited" activity? And what are the best ways
to handle this as a scoutmaster? I have young men that revert to
name calling (things like fag, pervert, etc.) that is quite difficult
to catch in the act (they rarely do it when adults are close enough to
hear, and only are overheard when they don't know you are there).
We do have SM minutes, etc, where we talk about the importance of
respect for others, as well as discussions on the impact on name calling
on others in the troop. Are there any other suggestions?
(This is not to say we have a big problem with this... But there are
some of our young men that revert to this behavior often enough to make
it a concern.)
Scoutmaster Troop 358 Citrus Heights, CA
Pony Express District / Golden Empire Council
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