British scouts to get condoms

Filed under: Teens, Your Pregnancy, Activities: Babies, Sex

Two hands holding a condomThe British version of the Boy Scouts has issued new guidelines which instruct troop leaders to hand out condoms "if they believe [a scout] is very likely to begin or continue having intercourse with or without contraception." In addition, they are encouraged to offer their troops "appropriate information" regarding sex and even plan visits to sexual health clinics.

There are those who are opposed to the idea, however, saying that the guidelines will lead to more unwanted pregnancies. (Funny, I thought condoms did the opposite.) Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice, says that "they should be encouraging young people in their care to have respect for girls and live a life of chastity and fidelity."

Peter Duncan, the head of the association, however, disagrees. "We must be realistic and accept that around a third of young people are sexually active before 16 and many more start relationships at 16 and 17," he said. "Adults in Scouting have a duty to promote safe and responsible relationships and, as an organisation, we have the responsibility to provide sound advice about how to do that."

I'd say that as an organization that purports to help teenaged boys make the transition from child to adult, a little help with the whole sex education bit makes perfect sense.

Should sex education be a part of scouting?
Absolutely! After all, their motto is "be prepared!"190 (63.8%)
No way! That's the parents' bailiwick.108 (36.2%)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.