Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Courteous

April 25, 2010

A Scout is polite to people of all ages and positions.  He understands that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

“Courteous” isn’t a word we use very much any more.  It seems old-fashioned, quaint, out-of-date.

Websters has two definitions of the word.  One is

1 : marked by polished manners, gallantry, or ceremonial usage of a court

Yup, pretty old-fashioned there.  Good in front of a judge, and nice in front of the ladies.  Good manners is, well, good, but doesn’t seem like it should raise to the ranks of “A Scout is Trustworthy” or “A Scout is Brave”.  Nobody every saved a life by good manners.

2 : marked by respect for and consideration of others

Respect.  Now there’s a term we can relate to.  Being “courteous” is about showing people respect, whether it is due or not.

We’ve all heard about guys getting in fights, just because somebody “diss’d” them.  Because somebody didn’t show them respect.

See, you can’t demand respect.  It can only be given, willingly.

Being courteous is about more than just being kind.  It’s about giving the other guy a fair chance.  Of following the Golden Rule and treating others like you want to be treated.  Be courteous to people and you’ll never go wrong.

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