Susan Ganther (susan@GIBBS.OIT.UNC.EDU)
Mon, 25 Jul 1994 21:35:31 -0400
Another reason for wearing those antique uniforms. The expense of new
uniforms. Our council office and many of the area thrift stoes have
antique uniforms available for little or no cost. A Scout is thrifty.
Some of our Scouts would not have uniforms at all if not for the low cost
or no cost used uniforms available to us. Besides they love anything
related to Scout history and know the value collectors place on them.
They also know that they cannot buy those antique uniforms in stores but
(as a Pack tradition) have to earn them. They take a great deal of pride
in their historic uniform hats, shirts, trousers or one greatly treasured
historic neckerchief. Many of the Cubs whose families can afford brand
new uniforms would rather earn the old ones. Next year our Cubby (a mascot
Cub Scout made of tin cans) will be wearing a historically correct Cub
Scout uniform from the 1940s. I know they are going to take pride in
their mascot, and why shouldn't they. We may decide as a Pack to take our
Cubby to the new local Scout museum and give him a new home there, if they
will part with him, that is.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City