Discourteous Scouts in DC
Paul Ferris (paul_ferris@CYBRZN.COM)
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 11:16:44 -0700
Skip Augusts wrote:
>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
Yes, those actions bother me too. There is no excuse for the actions of the
Scouts as he described them. Their leaders also failed to live up to the Scout
However, having said that, let me offer a perspective that I did not seen in
any of the replies you received. If your friend chooses to judge an 87-year
old organization of over four million Scouts and Scouters by the actions of
100(?) or so of its members, then I would suggest that he has a very narrow
view of the world--or some hidden agenda against the Boy Scouts.
If he intends to keep his children out of Scouting for that reason alone--as he
stated to you--then perhaps he should look over the Scout Laws himself and see
what sort of example he is setting for his own children. If a few bad cops,
fireman, doctors or whatever is enough to set him against these groups perhaps
his children should not be in Scouting.
I repeat, the actions of the Scouts he observed is inexcuseable but I think your
friend is "thowing out the baby with the bath water." Your job, "Mr. Phelps,"
is to convince him otherwise. (gr).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City