This is the fifth day of our Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas. For the next eight days you will find inspiring Christmas messages of Scouts giving the gift of living the Scout Oath and Law. Countdown to Christmas with us as you read these daily messages of Scouts being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
At one of the Jamboree Trading Posts a Scout had spread out an attractive display of “swapping stock,” including some fine neckerchief silks, badges, and beadwork. At the nearby snack bar, a lady, picking up her cup of coffee, found it too hot to handle, juggled it desperately for a moment, and lost control of it. As it fell it drenched the Scout’s prized collection of beautiful souvenirs. But there was no word of angry protest—not even a rueful glance at the thoroughly ruined display, Instead, this real Scout was instantly on his feet, inquiring anxiously of the startled and dismayed lady, “Ma’am, did you burn yourself?”
This fifth day of Scout Christmas reminds a Scout to be courteous. As we celebrate this season let’s remember 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, something that can be difficult in the hustle and bustle of shopping.
Listed here are two examples of real Scouts being courteous:
One Boy in Fifty
A gentleman advertised for a boy to assist him in his office, and nearly fifty applicants presented themselves. Out of the whole number he selected one and dismissed the rest.
“I should like to know,” said a friend, “on what ground you selected that boy, who had not a single recommendation.”
“You are mistaken,” said the gentleman. “He had a great many. He wiped his feet when he came in and closed the door after him, showing that he was careful. He gave his seat instantly to that lame old man, showing that he was kind and thoughtful.
“He took off his cap when he came in, and answered my questions promptly, showing that he was polite and gentlemanly. He picked up the book which I had purposely laid on the floor, and replaced it upon the table, while all the rest stepped over it, showing that he was orderly; and he waited quietly for his turn, instead of pushing and crowding. When I talked to him, I noticed that his clothing was tidy, his hair neatly brushed, and his fingernails clean.”
—True Stories of Real Scouts