Re: Boy Scouting and Sexual Morality (Part 2)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 12:33:38 -0400
"A Scoutmaster has here a tremendous field for good. He must in the
first instance ascertain whether the father of the boy has any objection
to his talking to him on the subject. He will do well also to consult
with those who know the boy--Pastor, Doctor, Schoolmaster. and to realise
that he himself must be possessed of sufficient experience, knowledge, and
character in order to be in a position to be of real help to the boy.
"Then he will best enter into it in a matter-of-fact way among other
subjects on which he may be advising him, placing himself on the footing
of an elder brother in doing so. To some Scoutmasters who have never done
it the question seems a very difficult one to approach. It is in reality
as easy as shelling peas. And the value of it cannot be exaggerated.
"Personally, apart from explaining as a preliminary how plants, and
fishes, and rabbits reproduce their species, I have found it appeals to
boys, as it did to me when I first heard it, to tell them how in every boy
is growing the germ of another child to come from him. That that germ has
been handed down to him from father to son from generations back, right
away to Adam. He has it in trust from God; it is his duty to keep it
until he is married and passes it to his wife for reproduction. He cannot
honourably forget his charge and throw it away in the meantime.
Temptation will come to him in many forms to do so, but he has got to be
strong and to guard it.
"The actual details can be dealt with as in the books suggested in Chapter
VI., Scouting for Boys.
"But every different boy at each age may need a different way of treatment
in the matter. The main thing is for the Scoutmaster to have the lad's
full confidence as a first step, and to be to him in the relation of an
elder brother--where both can speak quite openly.
"I know how greatly the boys need it. I know how grateful they are
afterwards for the help. Even my very vague allusion to the subject in
Scouting for Boys, and especially in Rovering for Success is continually
bringing me letters of thanks from lads to whom it has appealed in time.
"At the same time it is necessary for me to add a word of warning to young
and inexperienced Scouters. The fact that they are nearer the boy in age
is not necessarily an advantage. Frequently it is a handicap and
sometimes a real danger. From what I have written in the past on this
subject, an impression has gone abroad that I consider it to the be duty
of every Scoutmaster to enlighten each of his Scouts on this subject.
That has never been my intention. It would upset the whole fabric of the
family system to so so. What I do desire to do is to direct the attention
of Scoutmasters to the question and to ask them to try and see that their
Scouts receive enlightenment from the right person at the right time.
More frequently than not the right person is the Parent, Pastor, Doctor or
another--not the Scoutmaster."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City