Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Thu, 1 Jul 1993 14:33:31 -0500
When I was in Australia last March, I went into a Scout Shop. Part
of the uniform for Aussie scouts is what you are calling the "Aussie"
hat. It came in blue (for younger scouts) and a green/brown for adults
and older scouts. There was also what I would call a rain-hat style
which was waterproof and crushable but had the same general shape.
I bought one own those for one of my sons. For myself, I bought a
'real' aussie hat, not the Scout style.
BTW, there are several styles of the 'Aussie' hat. The one which is
most popular with people from the states is the 'Snowy River' model
(from the movie). That one wouldn't fit me so I had to buy the
'Cattleman', a little broader rim + air holes in the side. There are
about 6 or more styles manufactured by AKUBRA for the Australian market.
I certainly would support these hats, for I even went so far to think of
a way to order a bunch from the Scout Shop in Australia. Unfortunately,
there is no practical way of ordering 40+ hats.
We have a policy in our troop that if the boy wants to wear a hat, it
must be BSA. My son got around this to wear the hat I bought him.
"It is BSA" he said. "Boy Scouts Australia, you didn't say American." -)
SM troop 82, Jackson NJ
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