Re: UNIFORM POLICY OF THE BSA!
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 15 Oct 1992 13:47:43 CDT
Just sealed the envelope!
The "official" color of our "old" uniforms were "khahi". They were NOT
that color. The scouting uniforms were a off-shade of green as to not to
interfere with the uniforms of the military in those days (which also as
a military man, I call "green" or "OD" (olive drab). The only exceptions
were a brief period of time in which the BSA actually *did* use what we would
call "khaki" (same color as the summer dress shirts....darker than tan) for
uniforms (I have one without a collar that I use for Summer Camp!).
Yeah, I do agree with you that the current tan (real tan) knots would really
look striking with the garbardine, but in lieu of finding someone with the
old knots with the old backgrounds, the wearing of them would be fine. Same
with the current CSP. While not "historically correct", it is "proper
uniforming" to wear it. The problem with finding the old red/whites is that
of finding them. They are becoming rarer and rarer as time goes on.
I was happy to find knots on the dark green background for one of my Explorer
shirts. At one time, the BSA had knots done on five backgrounds: khahi,
dark green, white, brown and blue. It became a nightmare trying to stock all
of the combinations of the seven major awards at that time at local Councils.
I went to one local Council and they had the old khaki Medal of Merit knots
out on retail, thinking that National made a khaki version of the Den Leader
Coach Training Award (and the person at the counter was *very* sure about
this...so I bought all seven left!) (National did not!).
With all of that confusion, I am sure that when the new uniforms caught on,
the knots were all standardized in the current tan color. However, I still
have several Eagle, Scouter's Training and Scouters' Key knots on the old
style khaki (and I am keeping a Silver Beaver Award in khaki, green and white
"just in case" some local council slips up and gives me a Silver Beaver Award
before I die (NOT!).
Well... I am sending you one of the last AOL knots I have on khaki. Does
anyone out there have a Scouters' Key on white?? How about the Scouters'
Training Award on white??? How about the Scouters' Key on dark green??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City