Fri, 25 Oct 1991 13:39:35 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: email@example.com
Here is a topic that I wrestle with myself: the aesthetics of uniform
insignia. How do we encourage it's use, but downplay the materialism?
What do you think of the new drab insignia colors? The scouts that I
talk to don't like them as much, but I can kind of see the point of the
change. On the other hand does anybody remember the fully embroidered
position patches that were available to trained leaders? I think they
looked sharp, and were a little more subtle than sewing a "Trained" patch
under the position patch.
There are two extremes in insignia usage: wearing every bit of it that is
possible, and wearing the absolute bare minimum. The positive reason for
the former is that it promotes interest in the activities that the insignia
symbolize, and gives other scouters an idea of the wearer's accomplishments.
The positive reason for the latter is to not be too ostentatious, and to
let people evaluate you on your own merit. I have several shirts with
different sets of insignia, which I wear depending on what setting I'm in,
and what "hat" I'm wearing.
Does anybody else have such mixed feelings, and if so how do you resolve
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City