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.

Thought­ful ScoutSummitShake_Sidebar2

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?”

—Scout­ing Mag­a­zine

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


Darryl Alder
Darryl is a full time professional Scouter for Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives. But his pride in Scouting is his service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

One comment

  1. Ken Krogue says:

    It is often the intan­gi­bles that deter­mine the char­ac­ter of a per­son. As one who has inter­viewed a lot of peo­ple I like this arti­cle… -Ken

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