TUXIS Boys

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TUXIS Boys

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        Approx. 1915-1970

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        TUXIS Boy's Own was a program used by Protestant churches and YMCAs for boys ages 15 and older. It was created in the early twentieth century by Protestant Churches in Canada as a counterpart to the scouting movement. The boys program was TUXIS and the girls was CGIT (Canadian Girls In Training). TUXIS was an acronym for the program's motto: "You and I training for service with Christ and nothing but Christ between us." TUXIS groups were formed as midweek activities of Sunday school classes in many local congregations. Both of these groups had as their biblical basis the text of Luke 2:52 (KJV): "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." This text provided the four basic elements of the groups' program: healthy growth of mind and body, and of one's interpersonal and spiritual relationships. A few of the boys' groups lasted until the early 1950s, but eventually succumbed to a lack of strong male leadership and competition from the Scouting movement. A significant number of male lay and ordained leaders of the church received their strongest religious education from participation in TUXIS groups. (Comments by Rev. John Shearman http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/c-ch01-js.php)

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