Re: Discourteous Scouts in DC
R Thomas User (RThomas482@AOL.COM)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 13:44:17 -0400
I am sorry for your friend's experience with rude Scouts. Unfortunately,
this type of behavior seems to be getting worse. I have been a Scout leader
for 6 years, and have worked with youth groups of other types for about 20
years. I believe rude behavior is a manifestation of a general trend in our
society towards incivility. Courtesy and manners (or the lack of them) are
taught/learned in the home. However, to some parents, courtesy is a sign of
weakness. This attitude is passed on to their children. Everything in life
is a competition: school, jobs, social activities. Taking turns or waiting
in line is for "losers."
As Scout leaders who have these boys at most a few hours a week, it is nearly
impossible to change bad habits learned at home. This doesn't mean we
shouldn't try. Leaders need to set the example, and we need to step in when
we see Scouts (ours or another troop's) failing to follow the Scout oath and
law. We certainly need to emphasize the connection between the Oath and Law
and good behavior. I often pick this topic for Scoutmaster's minutes.
I wonder what the leaders with the Scouts described by your friend were doing
when their boys were misbehaving?
I'll get off my soap box now.(grinning)
Richard E. Thomas
Scoutmaster, Troop 530
Northeast Georgia Council
"I used to be a Fox...."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City