Class B Uniform
Thu, 4 Oct 1990 09:31:33 CDT
I think the class B uniform is really stupid. My belief is based on
First, the thing is outrageously overpriced. The shorts alone cost
... get this... $22.50. If you've ever seen them, you'd know that
that price is way too steep. I rarely pay that much for a pair of
long pants, much less shorts. Sure, a lot of the money goes back
to the Scouting program, but still, selling the shorts for
that much can create a real hardship for single or low-income
parents (or, as someone said, low-income staff members). Just
think how one scout could feel if his parent(s) weren't able
to buy him the uniform everyone else in the troop had.
Second, the theroy behind the class B uniform is that because it
looks less uniformlike, more kids will wear it because it won't
identify them as Boy Scouts to their peers. Well, that's a good
idea, but the giant feur-de-lis over the left breast kind of defeats
the purpose, don't you think? Also, if Scouting is so worried about
membership, I really don't think that having kids who are out having
fun not be recognizable as Scouts is the answer to its problems.
Instead, they should be having so much fun that they're not afraid
to wear that Scout uniform for all to see.
To answer somebody's question, my camp staff always wore their staff
t-shirts with the olive drab shorts. I really don't think national
could (or if they do, should) care what kind of uniforms staff members
wear so long as they look good and are all the same.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City