Re: Uniform Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 6 Oct 1994 20:06:06 CST
Richard Russell <lderlore@XMISSION.COM> writes:
>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.
Don't feel bad, Richard...if it wasn't for Pab Benford's posting today
to me that got bounced twice, I wouldn't have even read yours and
Professor Beaver (Mike Bowman)'s. I've behind _seven_calendar_days_
on email (and as a small aside, my honies has been watching my mail
for me this past week and she'd finally convinced the University to
give me a unlimited diskquota ("he can't read his mail half of the
time and I'm tired of hearing his whinning...please give him a share
of the unlimited disk?!!", I think she wrote it...) *smiling from ear
Over the past two years, I've been "spearheading" the return, capture
and EXCLUSIVE USE of the Exploring field uniform (the kelly green
shirts with the khaki pants, shorts and in areas where they wish, the
skirts) by EXPLORING MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONALS. I've been
assisted by a lot of field Exploring leaders, Jim Miller amoung them,
that have wrote to National and sent pettitions to National. I'm a
firm believer in the program and the fact that we volunteers RUN the
The field uniform for Explorers was reapproved by the National
Executive Board of the BSA back in March of this year. I got notice
in April, and somewhere between there and the date of the National
BSA meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, I "advised" those here on
Scouts-L that "change is a-coming again" in that area and in several
others. The announcement was made "for the record" to the
professionals in late April, to the National volunteers in May, and to
the public/ i.e. all Scouters in July.
The field uniform is ONLY for those Explorer Posts that wish to wear
there (and by National's account, more than 12,000 Explorers wanted to
wear it again). It WILL NOT be a part of the Venture, Varsity nor Boy
Scouting program's dress. It's dress will continue to be the tan
shirts, with khaki pants.
The Exploring field shirts are OPTIONAL WEAR for volunteers and
professionals serving Exploring units, but it is hoped that those
Exploring volunteers will wear the Exploring shirt to Exploring events
and Scouting events where Exploring's presence is desired. The
insignia requirements stay the same except that there is now some
variation on where the unit may wear a special "patch"
distinguishing the unit from other Explorer Posts of the same nature.
>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").
Or it must have the words "Explorer", "Exploring" or one of the
standard BSA indicas (the fluer-de-lis, the wording BSA or Boy Scouts
of America or Scouting/USA).
>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.
Simple indeed. And with this Scouting year, each Post or Ship MUST
have a DDI developed as part of the Quality Unit standards.
The uniform was meant to serve the BSA's Exploring youth...not to
serve as an additional uniform for ALL members!! Where if you want to
distinguish the adult leaders from everyone else, there are a wide
selection of hats to do that with...but wait a minute. I'm feeling
like we've been over this ground before; wasn't that *me* that wrote a
while back that we should be using those NECKERCHIEFS to "signal out"
the adult leaders? Or the youth leaders? Or the leaders *period*?
Settummanque!@HEY! With NO disk quota, I think that I am able to post
more, eh? YEAH!
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