Bobby and the self-abusers

Scouting for Boys, the original Boy Scout guidebook, is to be republished. This time it will include passages on the evils of masturbation cut from the original.

“You all know what it is to have at times a pleasant feeling in your private parts, and there comes an inclination to work it up with your hand or otherwise.

“Well, lots of fellows, from not knowing any better, please themselves in this way until it often becomes a sort of habit with them which they cannot get out of.

“The practice is called self abuse and the result is that the boy after time becomes weak and nervous and shy.”