New Regs to Prep UK Scouts for Sex

Guidelines will encourage counselors to promote safe sex
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2008 6:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Britain's Boy Scouts may soon be as prepared for healthy sex as they are for camping and woodworking, reports the Guardian. Counselors will discuss sexual health with Scouts, may even hand out condoms to prevent unprotected sex, and take their boys on visits to clinics under new guidelines to be issued today by the Scout Association primarily for boy ages 14 to 18. The association has some 400,000 members, 85% of them boys.

"We must be realistic and accept that around a third of young people are sexually active before 16," said the association's chief. "Adults in scouting have a duty to promote safe and responsible relationships."