Re: Test Hats
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 1 Jul 1993 09:18:34 CDT
> Count my vote as a yes for the bush hat! It's what I wear anyway. :)
> Interestingly enough, ever since Desert Storm, I've noticed an increasing
> number of youth and adults showing up at summer camp and camporees with
> Army surplus desert camo bush hats. Wouldn't it be nice if BSA could take
> advantage of this fashion trend and blend right in with their own? (I've
> seen the hat--it's pretty nice!)
That will not happen most likely -- camoflage clothing has been EXPRESSLY
forbidden for wear to any official Scouting activity. This is based on the
"Imitation of United States Army, Navy, or Marine Corps uniforms is prohibited,
in accordance with the provisions of the organizations'Congressional Charter."
page 15, Rules and Regulations - BSA
It is further a matter of personal taste as to whether our program should
suddenly start taking "advantage of this fashion trend and blend right in with
It is noted that in 1910 - 1950s - etc. , our uniforms have HARDLY blended into
the "fashion trend" and that fashion has never been apart of our movement,
however, our uniform is distinctive, copyrighted, and in spite of giving into
the "young men" who want to look like their clothes are torn and tattered --
the national uniform committee has been making the statement over and over --
no camoflage clothing allowed. However, as you say, most people don't give a
darn, and will allow anything to "keep a boy" in our program.
I have to wonder out loud here -- is that what we are all about -- keeping a boy
in our program, even if he won't follow our rules?
Is this how we set the example and aid him to becoming the "best" adult male he
No need to get upset, gentlemen, that question will never be answered to the
satisfaction of all.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City