Re: Hats on...hats off. Your input requested
Matthew Adkins (msadkins@MTU.EDU)
Wed, 20 Apr 1994 10:41:48 EDT
> I have a Troop of 50 some boys. We are a high adventure (means just a lot of
> rock climbing, skiing and the like) and are more informal than not. But we do
> require scouts to wear uniform shirts to all meetings.
> My problem is that atleast half the boys wear hats (not scout hats). I don't
> are either way as long as they take them off for flag ceremolny and prayer.
> But I have an assistant leader who is always yelling at them to take off their
> hats in the building. This is not something kids typically do when they go to
> the Shopping mall, stores, etc.
> Any opinions. Does it really matter? Should I turn it over to a vote by the
> kids? Keep yelling?
I guess for one of my troops that I am like that ASM you
mentioned. In my home troop it is an automatic enter the building take
off your hat thing. At my college troop no one takes off their hat.
Now this is in a school building and I was raised that when entering a
school or a church you take your hat off (Scout hats being allowed at
Scout meetings). So I'm always telling them to remove non-Scout hats
and they always look at me funny. As still young enought to be called a
"kid" (19) I take my hat off when I enter most buildings (I guess a mall
would be an exception) and if I'm ever a Scoutmaster it will be one of
my requirements. Personally I don't think too much civil liberty is
being taken away here if Scouts can't wear non-uniform hats at a
meeting. Especially since a non-uniform hat technically shouldn't be on
a uniformed Scout anyway.....just my $.02.
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