Discourteous Scouts in DC
Skip August x65017 (saugust@NOVA.CRAY.COM)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 15:59:50 -0500
As a scoutmaster I had a very difficult time yesterday when I was talking
to a friend of mine who just returned from his vacation. He took his
family, this includes a teenage son and two teenage daughters, to
Washington DC as part of their two week vacation. He was there July 23,24
and 25 (Just before Jambo). He Was a scout as a child and has fond
memories of it.
When asked what was the most memorable part of the trip, his children said
it was the very rude and discourteous scouts in DC. He is positive that
his children will not want their kids in the scouting program after being
subjected to the pushing, shoving, butting in line, forced off of extremely
wide sidewalks by scouts (with their adult leaders) who would not leave
room for two way traffic, and just the general taking over of exhibits when
there were already other people in line.
I asked if this was the norm or an exception thinking a few can ruin it for
all. He said it was 1/4 to 1/3 of the scouts/troops they came upon. I
have known this person long enough that I can say he is not exagerating.
This really bothers me, because it reflects on all of us who work hard to
make sure our scouts/troops represent not only themselves but all of
I'm not sure what we can do to keep all units up to par in public, but I
see this behavior (by granted a minority, but not just a few) really
setting all our programs back a notch. I was wondering if any others ran
into this problem in DC or elsewhere as large group of scout converged with
P.S. This family had a bit of a problem when they came upon the Boy Scout
Memorial in the Capital Mall. "Friendly? Courteous? Kind? They just
couldn't buy that.
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