Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
Tim Goncharoff (tgonchar@CATS.UCSC.EDU)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 22:27:12 -0700
IMHO, there is a great deal more to this issue than the decision whether to
have sexual relations. Boys are going through a great many changes at
this age. Their bodies and emotions go wild at times. They're confused
and bewildered, excited and scared. While we can say let
their parents or pastors handle it, studies are clear that in most cases
boys get very little guidance. It's easy to say don't have sex, but if
that's not rooted in a deeper lesson that helps them understand what
they're going through and gives them some guidance, I don't think it will
have much impact.
I'm not quite ready to support a merit badge on this subject, but I would
be very interested in developing a lesson plan similar to what we came up
with on child abuse. That too was a difficult and controversial issue,
but I think most of us are glad we tackled it.
I think we could come up with guidelines that are consistent with the
scouting program and that respect the views of parents. In fact, I think
it would be appropriate to provide a discussion guide to be signed by the
parents to ensure their inclusion.
Some of the issues that might be worth including: physical changes,
respect for women, dating, teen pregnancy, love, marriage and family,
sexually transmitted diseases. I'm sure we could add to the list.
I know that when I was growing up there was something of a social
consensus that one simply didn't discuss these issues (betraying my age
here!). I believe that there are far too many dangers out there for us to settl
e for that
Santa Cruz, CA
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