Re: Discourteous Scouts in DC
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 00:28:10 -0400
As a long time resident of the DC area, I have had the opportunity to see
many, many groups of youths on tour.
Typically, the leaders have the devil's own time managing a large group
and do their best to herd them along. In hallways, on sidewalks, in
Metro Stations, and elsewhere they tend to move as a herd pushing anyone
else out of the way. Likewise at exhibits they get excited and rush to
see things oblivious to others who may have been waiting. This seems to
be the norm for touring groups. And when you haver a herd of people
trying to go anywhere, it can be annoying to say the least, if you are
trying to go the other direction, etc. Probably the only time you'll not
encounter large groups of peple on tour here is in the dead of winter.
The Scouts visiting here last week were a bit different. Most of them
were civil and courteous. Many times I saw leaders making an extra
effort to organize their Scouts to move in orderly lines, make way for
others, etc. This was unusual and definitely set them apart as a much
better class of touring group. Most of the folks I have talked to
thought much the same - that the Scouts were welcome and delightful
guests by comparison to others.
Unfortunately, some were not as well disciplined or courteous as the rest
and by virtue of their uniforms stood out as readily observable. This is
sad, but should not be the sole basis for judging the thousands of Scouts
who visited and conducted themselves well.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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