Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Scout Is Courteous

[The following is taken from the seventh edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, 1965, which I used for most of my years in Scouting. -- DLA]

A story is told of an old man who went to see one of the Olympic games in ancient Greece many years ago. He was late. There was not a single seat available. A Spartan youth noticed the old man's plight. He beckoned him near and gave him his seat. A group of young Athenians who had witnessed the incident began to applaud. The old man turned toward them and said, “Yes, you young Athenians know what it is right to do -- but it takes a Spartan to do it.”

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