Re: Hats on...hats off. Your input requested
Matthew Adkins (msadkins@MTU.EDU)
Wed, 20 Apr 1994 19:18:50 EDT
Beth said (Replying to Nathan Brindle):
> All in all, do you allow your scouts to wear "jams" with their shirts?
> How about non-scout (Malcolm X, Bulls,Cowboys) T-shirts on campouts?
> I thought the rule was Scout shirt/pants w/ Sc. belt if possible, if not:
> dark colored pants/blue jeans were acceptable. If non-scout items are
> allowed on other parts of the body (excluding socks/shoes), how can we really
> fuss about hats? I tell the cubs and my girls to not mix & match their
> scout and civilian clothes outside of their troop/den meeting because it looks
> sloppy and detracts from the purpose of wearing the uniform: which is
> to be identified as a scout. My girls are allowed to wear their pin on their
> nice civvies if they do not have a full uniform. This identifies them just
> as well, and the GSUSA don't require the purchase of a uniform. Since BSA
> does, then they should wear it correctly. (Can you tell I used to be an MP?)
Well, Beth as much ass you wanted my opinion here it is
anyway!!!! ALthough it nearly impossible with my troops I "suggest"
Scout shirt for the campout with blue jeans/shorts or Scout Pants and I
require the uniform shirt for flag raising/lowering/church
services/meals (if in mess situation). I also "suggest" a Scout related
hat for uniform wear and don't care at other times. Scouts wearing
non-uniform hast with uniforms must take them off indoors and in church
It gets even stricter sometimes. I am an ASM for the Mackinaw
Island Scout Service Camp. Uniform wear is required at any time you are
doing flags/bugling/marching/downtown/or anything related to duty and at
meals. ONLY the official Scout hat may be worn while in uniform and
ONLY the official shorts may be worn unless it rains. And even the
official hat comes off during prayer and dinner. I think if myself and
my fellow leaders (8-10 total) can keep 54 Scouts observing these rules
for 8 days straight that some more relaxed rules can be kept at a
campout or meeting without a problem. If a Scout can't stop wearing his
Bulls hat for 1.5 hours then he's got a problem....
As for the religious issue: I do not have this problem in eithr
of my troops but if I did then I think a scout hat would be perfectly
fine or a yamaka (I can't spell today). Just my $19.99 worth....
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