Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
W. B. Thornton (wbt@DUO-COUNTY.COM)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 12:29:14 -0500
> At the risk of starting a controversial thread, I want to post a question
> that I have
> puzzled over for a long time as a Scout leader.
> While we are concerned with the moral development of our youth (lying,
> proper treatment of others, verbal & emotional abuse), I find nowhere in
> literature any reference to how we are to direct our hormone laden
> when it comes to matters of the opposite sex.
The troop that I serve as an ASM is chartered by a Southern Baptist Church.
Most on this list would correctly assume that churches from the SBC would
generally hold a position of sex after marriage only and then a monogamous
relationship with your own spouse. Since the troop is a ministry of the
church all matters relating to sexual contact would be addressed from that
point of view.
Personally I wish that sex education was still a subject for the home. I
however realize that we live in the real world where some parents don't
take this responsibility themselves. For the most part schools have taken
up the slack but we may not always agree with the material the children are
being taught. The scoutmaster conference may be good place to deal with
these issues. I am not so sure that many boys will be very candid about
there sexual exploits. However they may make passing statements or make
jokes about their activities that may give us a clue as to what is going
on. Should we talk with them about sexual morality. Sure, if in your
judgement it is the right thing to do.
W. B. Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Springs, KY ASM, Troop 241
Brotherhood, Kawida Lodge #480
Promise Keeper's Ambassador/Trainer
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City