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Washington, DC: Boy Scout Memorial - Sparingly Clad Chums

A proud-looking boy scout is flanked by a towering man and woman, nearly naked, but safely allegorical.

Ellipse Rd NW, Washington, DC
Between the eastern Ellipse road and 15th St. NW, midway between E St. NW and Constitution Ave NW.
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As a former Boy Scout, I felt it was my duty to see their Memorial. Sadly to say, I wasn't too impressed with what I saw. The statue seems like it has been neglected for quite some time and the empty pool in front of it just made it seem obsolete.

[Nat Balsley, 11/12/2007]
Boy Scout Memorial

The Lafayette Square statue of "Military Instruction" is not of an Indian brave but a naked Roman/Greek soldier showing a naked teen how to hold a sword . This is amusing because for years Lafayette Square was known as a gay cruising area (It's not, anymore.).

The Roman soldiers in Union Station were originally meant to be naked, but new visitors to the station were outraged at being presented with male organs, so kow-towing to Victorian delicacy, the soldiers were outfitted with shields.

Another site is the Boy Scout Memorial, on the edge of the Ellipse on 15th St. It features a Boy Scout flanked by a man and woman, heroically proportioned and almost naked. In front is a pool that either full of scummy water or is empty. It's a puzzling monument. The Boy Scout Oath is inscribed on the side....feel free to snigger when you get to the part about being "morally straight".

[Stenbock, 07/02/1999]

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