1. excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
2. a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.
3. indulgence, consent, or acquiescence: a “colonel” by courtesy rather than by right.
4. favor, help, or generosity: The costumes for the play were by courtesy of the local department store.
When we teach our young men to live and act with purpose the Scout Oath and Law we must never forget that we are teaching an coaching these men to be Gentlemen.
A Scout is Courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
Last night my family and I went to the movies. Now, I have a hand full of pet peeves, but the behavior that drives me up the wall is when people are rude or discourteous. There was a guy and his family sitting next to us. He decided to talk through the whole movie, not a whisper, full conversation level talking. I leaned to my son and whispered “and this is what a lack of courtesy looks like”.
Now I am going to make some folks mad here… but I blame parents for a lack of courtesy in their kids.
Parents should demonstrate what it is to be courteous. When parents show a lack of courtesy, they are telling their kid that this is what right looks like.
As a Scout leader I see the results of various styles of up bringing. By and large the Scouts of my Troop are good young men. I am proud of them and the way they are growing up. I hope that the lessons that we are teaching them are sinking in and being a solid augmentation of what they get at home.
In Scouts we get Scouts from every walk of life. Every economic status, every race, every religion, and every form of discipline tested. They are all good kids with potential, what and how we harness to be is a challenge, but we have been given a great tool.. The Oath and Law.
When you have to lean over and remind your son what Right does not look like, it is the hope of most Dads that they get it.
Courtesy is so simple. It takes little or no effort at all, yet there are some folks out there that are just plain rude. I am not sure why, and have very little patients to figure it out. It is always easier just to do the right thing the first time.. don’t you think?
Anyway, I know the butt head that was at the movies last night does not read this blog… but I wish he did. His family may be better for it.
So on day whatever of #100daysofscouting… I spent time with my sons today. That’s all. Not a great Scouting tale, but it is what it is. We watched a James Bond movie and went to Home Depot. Great day.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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