Re: Appropriate Dress
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Sat, 8 May 1993 20:27:05 CDT
In regards to "appropriate dress" ( I am working on the word
"appropriately" since my boss stated that I misspelled it every time
on my reports last month!) for a Religious Emblem Ceremony....
Scott A Valcourt <sav@UNH.EDU> writes:
>I would think that the Scout Uniform, just as full military dress, would
>be appropriate formal wear at any religious service, especially when
>the awarding of a Religious Emblem is taking place. I'm sure Mike
>will be able to shed more light on the military dress/civilian wear in
>a religious service, but in your position, I would wear my Scout uniform.
While the various Scouting publications we all refer to don't state
this as fact, there has been tradition that the wearing of the "class
A" (or full dress) field uniform by volunteers is appropriate dress
for a religious emblem or other non-BSA function in which a member of
the movement is being recognized as a member of the BSA in some
Traditionally speaking, the first Silver Buffalo Awards and the first
Silver World Award awarded to two Popes over the years has been done
in field uniforms; the annual Silver Beaver and Antelope Awards are
presented to Scouters in full "dress" attire; and the first God and
Country and Ad Altare Dei Awards were both presented in full Scouting
I've got two "references" if they (the church or the family) "wants to
know the exact answer". They are not specific, but together it's my
basis for recommending that you do as many of us have done, and that
is to wear the complete, "class-A" uniform (less headgear) (and as
complete as you have) to the ceremony.
The oldest copy of my BSA Paraprofessional Fieldbook, put out by the
Southeast Region, BSA states on page 35, under "professional dress"
"...while professionals are identified to many volunteers and the
community at large by the blue blazer and the BSA universal emblem and
tie, there are clearly occasions where this dress is highly
inappropriate and where the complete field uniform (either the kelly
green Explorer shirt or the tan Boy Scout shirt, depending
upon position) SHOULD be worn. These events include activities with
other volunteers (formal or informal meetings, activities and visits
to units or leader's homes), interaction with youth members (as part
of a meeting, activity, CEREMONY [my emphasis], or other such event
where there will be opportunites to further promote Scouting and the
local Council), and AWARD CEREMONIES [again my emphasis](particularily ones
involving your participation, Eagle Scout and Arrow of Light ceremonies, and
Exploring ceremonies of special merit) in either unit or local Council
settings. A good professional will ALWAYS have a spare uniform in
the trunk of his car, with all appropriate insignia and attachments in
place for those "unforseen" special opportunities to promote the
Movement through your prescence."
The application for the Baptist's Good Shepard Award states under
"presentation of the award" the following:
"Recognition should be given through presentation of the Good Shepard
emblem at such appropriate time and location as whold ideally include
a large peer group, large attendance, and where there will be adequate
publicity coverage to encourage further promotion and education of not
only the Good Shepard recognition, but in all areas of the
Both of those should give my fellow volunteers some guidance for the
wearing of the "Class-A" uniform during such events.
(Oh yeah...I forgot...we have new people on here that may not
understand why the question was referred to me and what is this
"class-a" I keep talking about.
As you have noticed, I am also a military officer and since Scouting
has it roots deeply in military "training" (Baden-Powell's first book
for boys were adaptations of military courtesy, drill and ceremony,
and general military "skills" (signalling, stalking, tracking and
trailing, in addition to the camping, cooking and pioneering skills),
a question a while back about Scouting dress was posted and I came up
with one of the clearest answers.
The question was that of "what constituted "formal dress", "informal
dress", and "wallow-in-the-mud-and-get-your-face-dirty" dress for
Scouters and Scouts at various events.
The military as a whole developed a system and the Army in particular
refined this idea of four separate uniforms:
CLASS-A was the full dress (in our case, field) uniform, with long
sleeves and the long pants. This is the uniform if you have ever seen
it, portrayed in the Norman Rockwell painting "Eagle Ceremony". The
full dress uniform for Scouters consists of the hat; unit, district,
council (or if have earned it, Woodbadge) neckerchief and woggle
(slide); long-sleeved (and we had quite a discussion on that part
alone...substitute "short-sleeved" shirt for those living in areas of
warmth or for those activities which are going to take place indoors
in a humid area (in other words, use common sence here...) shirt with
MEDALS, MEDALLIONS and all approved awards, worn as described in the
BSA Insignia Guide; leather or web belt with highly shined buckle;
long-legged pants (no exceptions here), socks, either brown or black
This is the uniform to wear to present or accept any of the BSA's
awards or when accepting or presenting a BSA award to a non-BSA
member. This is our "show-off" clothes.
CLASS-B was the short-sleeved and short-pants version of the dress
versions with the square knot insignia in the place of the medals and
medallions. The short pants is the pants that Scouters should wear.
The old long socks (have no idea on how the short socks will look,
until I wear them this summer) are worn and leather or tennis shoes.
This is the "utility uniform" for volunteers and the "volunteer
uniform" for professionals. This should be worn whenever you are
dealing with the public or with Scouting people in less than a
"formal" occasion. This is also the uniform we should all be wearing
to unit/district meetings!!
CLASS-C was recently developed by the BSA. It consists of the red or
maroon activity shirt, WITH NO HAT AND NO NECKERCHIEF, PATCHES OR EVEN
WOODBADGE BEADS worn with it; a set of tan shorts, with belt left up
to the option of the wearer; white socks and tennis shoes.
This is supposed to be the uniform that is worn by Scouts and Scouters
while doing "activity events" like running, jumping, moving things
around and games. In reality, very few Scouts and Scouters will wear
this (even though I have two sets of each and find them VERY
confortable wear!!!) and.....
CLASS-D was the tee-shirt and either Scout pants (I don't recommend
it, but it's supposed to be worn) or blue jeans (more durable and
confortable and washable/mendable as well!!). This is the "camp
uniform" which is worn by Scouts and Scouters while in the camp area
and NOT in the public's eye. This is also suitable for things like
cookouts, car washes and the like.
Local Council policy will alter this scheme, as we discussed before.
Some local Councils don't really care what Scouters wear; others take
a profound (and justified) interest in what their volunteers and
especially their professional staff is wearing.
We set an example when we wear the uniform of the movement.
Therefore, it is up to us to wear it correctly, smartly, and proudly.
You may *never* know what little boy is sitting up on some stairs
looking at you, wanting to know what you are all about and wanting to
join in the fun! )
Settummanque!@ and all he wanted to know was what uniform to
Mike L. Walton
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