Re: Uniform Question
Richard Russell (lderlore@XMISSION.COM)
Thu, 6 Oct 1994 11:49:13 -0600
On Thu, 6 Oct 1994, Michael F. Bowman wrote:
> The announcement of the new Exploring Uniform did not authorize it for
> wear by Boy Scouts. Until we hear differently from National, the only
> uniform shirts authorized for Boy Scouting are those in the Insignia
> Control Guide; e.g., the tan shirt, various t-shirts. Using the Exploring
> shirt without insignia in my opinion is not any different than a Troop
> deciding on its own uniform. And if that were to be acceptable, where
> would it stop. Imagine a group of Scouts on tour in mega-death torn
> T-shirts and baggy shorts - what kind of message would be sent then?
> Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
> Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
> Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
> ____ mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU ____
My apologies, but I have searched in vain for the original post on this
subject so I may be way off base with my input.
My understanding (and I have been on the staff of three Exploring JLTs)
is that in addition to the official uniforms available from National
supply, the field shirt with green shoulder tabs, and the green Explorer
shirt, a post can (and, indeed, is encouraged to) design their own DDI.
(Distinctive Dress Identity.) The only BSA imposed criterion is that it
must somewhere, someway display the Explorer emblem (That big "E"). It
could be a same colored T-shirt with some self-designed logo with the "E"
placed where ever they want it, together with clean denim pants. Or it
could be black dress trousers with a white shirt and the same tie for all
members with the "E" painted on by hand with fabric marker. Or there
could be both of these and the Post would have two DDIs. To make it an
official uniform, all you have to do is write its description into the Post's
Code and Bylaws and have all members agree to and sign the Code and Bylaws.
Slick and simple.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City