Re: Uniforms, Patches & BSA Requirem
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 15 Jul 1994 23:00:37 -0400
>You are asking yourself (and me for sure), "What right do they have to
>tell me what I can wear and what I cannot?" The same rights you have
>as a volunteer to be a member and follow the BSA's policies or not.
>While the "patch police" are not out in massive numbers all over the
>country, ready to pounce on poor Johnny that got his Totin Chip card
>and patch and wants to wear it; there are *some* folks that feel that
>it's THEIR ROLE in life to embarrass and humiliate folks wearing
>improper uniform items. If it's a kid, so much the better in their
>eyes, because they will learn that "there's a place for everything".
There's another side to the above "patch police" argument. How do we deal
with youth _and_ adults that put patches on the shirt any place?
Remember, in this country, it is often the parents who do the sewing. Last
night at camp I saw a Scout wearing his rank above the left pocket (it
should be on the left pocket). I even saw a rank patch on the right sleeve.
I saw temporary insignia worn where National/International jamboree items
belong, unit identification on the wrong sleeve, pockets reversed, etc...
I even saw one _adult_ placing the unit number above the councilstrip.
This might seem petty, and in a way it is. But remember a uniform has
specific places for items and reasons for it being so. It is a _uniform_.
Misplaced insignia irks me when I see it, especially when its adults who
are guilty since they should be setting the example.
So far I have had the wisdom to keep my mouth shut and not say anything to
the "offending" parties. What is your (all) thoughts on this???
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City