Re: CLASS B UNIFORM
Scott A. Begin (34RXESC@CMUVM.BITNET)
Thu, 4 Oct 1990 00:41:25 EDT
This description of a troop shirt sounds like what for years has been used
as unofficial class B uniforms. Now, national has gotten into the act, with
the "Official" class B uniform.
I know that every scout camp I have attended or worked at had a Staff shirt
which was worn during the day. At night, the staff wore Class A uniforms to
dinner, and ususally for any evening program times. Not only did the staff
look like a group when in same shirts, the staff shirts were much more
comfortable when class A shirts, especially in Michigan where the humidity
could be 90-95% with a tempature of 80-90 degrees. (no flames about this
not being hot...I COULD stand to wear a Class A shirt during the day at
Philmont, even when I was in the outside during the hottest part of the day).
The only question I have regards the use of Official Class B uniforms as part
of camp staff uniforms. Currently, most class B shirts are worn with the
regular Olive Drab Scout Shorts. With the new Class B uniforms, would the
only shorts which could be worn with Class B shirts be the khaki shorts?
Could you only wear Class A shirts with Olive Drab Shorts? If the answer to
both of these is yes, it would mean a great hassle to staff members who are
required to wear uniforms. The first would be the expense of two sets of
each pair of uniform shorts, which can be tough for a first year staff member
who is only making $35 per week. The second is that in order to change from
daytime class B uniform to a evening Class A, you must also change your shorts,
instead of just putting the Class A shirt on right over the T-shirt you have
worn all day.
I feel National would have done more good by adopting a class B shirt to wear
with the regular shorts instead of an entire second uniform. I forsee that
may scouts will make due with similar looking shorts to wear with the official
class B shirt just because it is less expensive. When you are growing out of
uniforms yearly, it becomes expensive to replace 2 uniforms, especially when
one of those uniforms is a warm weather uniform that may only get worn at
summer camp because the troop is not very active during the summer.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 551
The Graveyard Madman Galien, Michigan
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