Re: Questions about Uniforming
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 29 Sep 1994 09:19:57 -0500
To answer some of your questions:
> I was pretty sure that it is still required for female den leaders to
> wear the yellow shirt, and had one other trainer comment that at Philmont
> they had a huge session while training there where people complained
> about things like the yellow shirts for females and the dumping of the
> knee sock garters. Is there any move on these two fronts? I find it
> quite interesting that the Girl Scouts ADDED garters to their knee socks
> just when the BSA dropped them!
1. Yellow shirts are to be worn ONLY by female Cub Scout leaders.
The only option is that a woman who is registered as a Webelos Leaders
and/or asst. Web. Ldr., MAY chose to wear the khaki. This was a long
and hard fought battle to accomplish. We are trying (as usual) to use
the uniforming to help bring about transition. (note: reason for
Webs. to wear khaki).
2. Garters will not come back. The long tenured Scouters forget that
they have not always been a part of our uniform. However, socks that
stay up without garters have been around many years now, and for the
most part, even on my legs, stay up.
3. The supplier of our old garters found another market it seems.
> The second point (which really was a bit upsetting) was that we had
> two tiger cub partners that showed up with the orange t-shirts all covered
> with insignia. I was under the impression that all BSA insignia could only
> be placed on official shirts......
Yes -- Tiger Cub Tee Shirts and Sweatshirts are the Tiger uniform.
However, please note that Gina is objecting to putting on insignia on
the t-shirts! That is absolutely not allowed. No possible good is
ever done by pushing our programs faster than designed -- we lost most
of our Tigers by the end of the Bear year now --- why make it worse.
However --- I continue to see Cub Scout with patches all over the back
and front of their shirts. It is NOT (please note) the boy's fault,
but the unit's leadership who does not train the parents in proper
uniforming, that being part of the volunteer leader's job description.
Gina, you are right. NO patches have been authorized (or are probably
going to be) for wear on the t-shirts for Tiger Cubs. Keep in mind
that the Tiger program is intentionally written with no uniforming, no
strict program, etc. The program is not designed to make junior Cub
Scouts, although it seems to be used that way many times.
The Tiger Cub graduate patch is temporary insignia for the Cub Scout
uniform, and can be worn as the only temp. patch, or on a vest, etc.
The Tiger Cub can and should also wear a year pin after his graduation
into the pack with the Tiger program background.
For the (?) time, I am doing a Tiger Cub session at our upcoming Pow
Wow in Northwest Suburban, having done it in Chicago Area Council, and
Northweast Illinois, and to professional scout training groups. Tiger
Cubs is one of the most misunderstood, and misused program we have.
The stats show that we are, however, losing those Tigers at the end of
their bear year, so we need to increase our education of the
volunteers working with the program; and to increase our own awareness
of all parts of this program.
My session will contain the how, why, when, and who of Tiger Cubs, as
well as, among other things, places to go (what is accomplished by
going), things to do, how district activities for Tigers can help,
district cross-over picnics, Tiger Safari, Tiger Day, Tiger rallies,
If you would like to pass along some of your experiences, etc., please
feel free to do so directly to me.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City