Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Mssrs. (was turning 18)
Re: Mssrs. (was turning 18)
John and Bernadette Curry
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 09:24:58 -0400
Respect is earned, so saying that using a title "makes the youth respect"
someone creates discussion (argument?). Although using a title indicates
respect, I think the real issue is courtesy. At Cub Scout age, insisting
that the boys use title and surname when addressing the adults in the pack
might help them form a life-long courteous habit.
A beautiful side effect of using this courteous form of address (Title
Surname) toward all the adults in your life is when an adult (a favorite
teacher, a family friend who has known you since childhood) finally says you
can use their given name. You know that you have gained their respect and
have "come of age". I want my children to experience that thrill.
Assistant Bear Den Leader
Pack 995, St. Bernadette Catholic Community
Old Dominion District
National Capital Area Council