Scouts to learn about condoms?

Scouts may be told about condoms and safe sex as part of a new programme to be rolled out by the Scout Association.

The body has launched a new national sexual health scheme for its members aged between 14 and 18.

Leaders will discuss a variety of matters with the adolescents, which aim to help them make more informed decisions about relationships.

TV personality and explorer Bear Grylls holds the title of chief Scout and pledged his support for the initiative, named My Body, My Choice.

"My message is - make your own mind up and don't let others do it for you.

"We only get one body - so respect it - and people will respect you."

There are also suggestions that Scout leaders may be able to hand out condoms to members in certain circumstances.

Some 400,000 young people are members of the association, which also operates internationally.