Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 15:52:53 -0600
Matt Harline wrote:
> 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?
I would put any such harassment as a prohibited activity, although what
I was initially referring to was physical sexual activity. Name calling
of any type I would lump together as being violations of "Courteous" and
"Friendly". (I don't really think that most uses of terms like "fag" are
meant sexually, but rather just as a general insult.) Mild cases would
probably just result in briefly talking to the boy; persistant or major
cases would result in a SM conference.
I understand that it is often hard to catch people in the act (like with
hazing and many other things). I guess the best that can be done is
sensitizing the boys to the problems, and respond when problems are
reported to you in a fair but decisive manner.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City