Hats On/Off ??
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 04:37:34 EDT
Quoting From: Rex Goode rexg@IMS.COM
> It is discourteous. "A Scout is Courteous." It shows a lack of manners and
> fetchin' up. It defeats almost all of the purposes I can think of for
> wearing a uniform.
I agree that a Scout needs to be courteous, and the rub comes with defining
courteous about hats on/off...
Our basic policy is to require either a "Scout" hat or NO hat while in
uniform. There are a lot of (official) Scout hats, from the baseball cap, to
the Smokie_the_bear hat, to special ordered Troop hats, etc. As long as the
Scouts wear some official Scout hat, they're OK...
Now the question of hats indoors is another whole issue <g>. I was in the
Air Force and remember their rules, I've also been wearing a cowboy hat for
the last 20 years and know both the modern as well as the traditional
"rules" for cowboy hat wear.
Hats were removed when entering someones home, as well as church, and during
flag or funeral ceremonies, other than that, hats were kept on the head.
Today, hats are not removed when eating specifically, but follow the guide
for homes and services.
When in uniform, both the military and Scouting expects the hat/cap to
remain on the head during flag ceremonies, and the salute is to the corner
of the hat/cap with the right hand... when not in uniform, the hat/cap is
removed and placed over the heart with the right hand (becoming the salute
We used to discourage Scouts from wearing non-Scout hats with the uniform,
not it's not allowed. Same thing with uniform pants... they either wear
Scout pants (if Scout shorts, then Scout socks are also required) or they
wear dark blue jeans... no other choices even with the Scout activity
As I remember however, uniforming is a _unit_ decision, so each PLC can
decide on a unit-by-unit basis how much uniform they will require and under
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