Re: sewing on patches (was Ind. Living MB)
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 14:31:25 BST
For the past few years I have been on the staff of BSA Summer Camp at
Sheffield, England. Part of the staff week includes teaching the Scouts to
sew on their own camp patch ! Another activity in which the junior staff
get to participate in is the run to the laundrette (laundromat) to freshen
up their uniforms and personal clothing. We once had one kid put his
<complete> uniform in the camp washing machine - hat, scarf, shirt,
trousers, underwear, socks and even his trainers in one load ... yuck!
The BSA troop I help with serves the business community in London, and the
kids come from fairly priviledged backgrounds. I remember my first campout
with the troop where one of the kids had trouble in getting the after dinner
cleanup together. I asked him if he helped out at home. " Sort of ... "
" What does sort of mean ? " to which his reply was " Well, I put them in
the dishwasher and the maid takes them out and puts them away ... "
At this point I tactfully pointed out that as we had packed neither the
dishwasher nor the maid it was time he got to know about dish soap and a
ASM, T401 American School in London, UK
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