It’s amazing on one hand, but sadly lacking on another, news that the British scouts are giving the old motto to "be prepared" a new kink on Tuesday with the announcement of sex education classes!
The new classes are aimed at helping tackle the UK’s high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies, among the highest in Europe..
The Scout Association is adding learning about the birds and the bees to its more traditional activities such as camping, canoeing and climbing. According to reports, the sex ed lesson is aimed at scouts aged 14-18, and has been designed to encourage young people to learn about relationships and sexual health "with their peers and trusted adults," said the group.
Called "My Body, My Choice", it includes a range of activities such as a "condom quiz" and a "sexually transmitted infections" card game. There is also going to be a rather practical "fluid exchange game" uses plastic cups and food colouring to demonstrate how quickly fluid and infection can spread.
"We want to help young people become confident, clued up and aware," said Bear Grylls, chief scout and presenter of TV adventure shows."We only get one body, so respect it and people will respect you."
The association said that scout groups will be given material for the course but insisted that individual scout leaders can choose whether or not to run the programme.
A great idea, however, sadly lacking in the programme is information or advice on gay relationships.