Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 08:56:09 -0400
>This discussion reminded me of an anecdote in Peter Ustinov's book "Dear me"
>about sex education in Rugby (British school) before WW I. I quote:
>"The Headmaster, who must have been an enlightened man, summoned all the
>boys who had reached the age of puberty to his study and, after reassuring
>himself that the door was firmly secured, made the following brief
>announcement: 'If you touch it, it will fall off'. The boys were then
>invited to file back into their classes, now equiped to face adult life."
>On the next page he relates how a Headmaster of a generation later, when
>faced with the necessity of teaching sex education, coped. Unable to face
>the boys with a lecture on this topic he ended up writing and publishing a
>book which every boy found on his desk one day. The book opened with the
>words: "You may have noticed, between your legs".
As I think back about my boyhood day, I can tell you that boys don't need to
be taught about sex. What they do need to be taught is responsibility in
their attitudes and actions related to sex.
Actions always have consequenses and our youth need to know the consequenses
for themselves and for others if they are irresponsible sexually. The
issues are teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and how
irresponsible sexual behavior may ruin your life or the life of another
person (College opportunity lost due to pregnancy, Post Traumatic Stress
following an abortion, marriage earlier than planned, conflicts with
parents, broken relationships, etc.).
There are lots of ethical issues for us to discuss without trying to teach
"sex education" or "moralize". The key is acting responsibly and
understanding the consequenses of our actions.
TCC, BSA Troop 261
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City