wellread wrote:I'm told that American scouts are arrogent and do everything very differently compared to other countries. Is that true?
Please understand that you asked an open question when considering this post... Also, I have not attended a World Jamboree and cannot relay my experience based on that; but, I can, however, give you my assessment based on the fact that I've actually lived in foreign countries. There were some occasions, while traveling to and fro, where I was most fortunate to meet Scouts from other countries, e.g, airport, train, ferry, bus, etc.
With all that being said, I have known American Scout(er)s who were arrogant, those who were humble, and those who were sometimes one and then the other. (Ya' can't be both, at the same time though, IMO.) Of those who I knew to be arrogant specifically regarding the subject of foreigners, none had ever set foot on foreign soil. (That should be your big clue right there.)
Generally speaking, Americans can drive for two days in any direction and still not cross a "border". We are very much isolated, in more ways than one, from other nations. Plus, even though we are (still) the world's "melting pot", most of us still take "cultural" issues (barriers) for granted... completely.
When you actually live in a foreign country, not just vacation there, you learn to treat them with respect because you are their guest, you are subject to their laws, their cultural beliefs, their everything. As the saying goes, "When in Rome...." The few times I was disrespected while living or traveling in a foreign country, I just turned around and walked away and found somebody who was willing to work through the language barrier. (Failure to do so could easily land you in jail.)
Most Americans I know, think that "our" way is the right way or the only way... and don't even realize it. (We Anglos inherited it from our Brit-Scots-Irish ancestors, though.