Re: Can OA chapter officers wear grey epulets?
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 15 Dec 1993 17:04:19 CDT
Jim McCullars <JIM@UAHIS1.UAH.EDU> writes:
> There is currently a, uh, ummmm, how shall I put it...a big "micturition
>engagement" going on in my OA chapter about what epulets are proper for
>chapter officers to wear. At our last district camporee, our Chapter Chief
>(excuse me, our *former* Chapter Chief, he just got voted out), who was
>attending as a camporee staff member representing our chapter, wore the
>grey (or is it silver?), district-level epulets on his uniform. Some of
>the adult advisors chided him about it, but the Chapter Advisor backed him
>up. He was also wearing them at the last chapter meeting (election of
>chapter officers), and some of the same adults were grumbling about it.
(Just some brief information for those that are not familiar with what
Jim is talking about...the BSA went some time back with new uniforms
and as part of those uniforms, there are shoulder loops made of linen
(can't remember the exact material..don't matter) in various colors.
The colors correspond to the program area or level of service that the
person is working in: blue for Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts/Scouters;
red for Boy Scouts and Boy Scouters; orange (blaze it is called) for
Varsity Scouts and Scouters; green for Explorers and Exploring
leaders; silver (it's grey actually) for district and local Council
volunteers and professionals; and gold (yellow really) for area,
regional and national volunteers and professionals. The shoulder
loops are tied to the registration of the individual in most cases,
however, there ARE some exceptions to this)
> My gut feeling is that as an OA chapter officer, there is nothing wrong
>with wearing the district epulets, but "what Jim thinks" and fifty-nine cents
>will get you a cup of coffee at the local McDonald's. Can anyone (Mike,
>are you listening?) give me a definitive answer, and, if possible, quote me
>the "chapter and verse"? Also, if he *can* wear the district shoulder
>loops, does he have to remove the troop numerals from his uniform?
The operative question is "is he serving as a member of the District's
Committee?" I would say yeah, and therefore, he is entitled to
wearing the shoulder loops in a similiar way as the Lodge Chief is
entitled to wear the silver loops because he is also a member of the
Council's Executive Board (in MOST local Councils...). Therefore, if
this young man is attending District Camping/Outdoor subcommittee
meetings as the Chapter Chief of the OA, then by all means he SHOULD
wear the shoulder loops. To further solidify this role, the young man
should be registered as a member of the District's Committee by the DE
so that he will likewise be getting mail from the District's Chair.
Rememeber that the shoulder loops were designed to show level of
service to the unit...and the OA Chapter Chief, as head of the Order
of the Arrow in his District, certainly fits that level of service
above the unit level. The same would go for the Chair of the
District's Exploring Officers' Association and his or her counterpart
at the Council level.
Sounds like, Jim, you have a lot of "jealous" Scouters that wished
that they too, can serve on the District level....hehehe
Gotta go...I have this paper that I'm trying to finish and turn in
this evening...sorry I've haven't been on here much lately, but it's
the end of the semester and all.....
Mike L. Walton
former OA Chapter Advisor
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