Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 21:14:26 -0700
> The point remains if it is wrong to do something at a scout function it is
> wrong in OR out of uniform...
> If your actions as a scout do not reflect your teachings out of uniform,
> I consider it hypocracy to change when in uniform...
> As adult scouters at a scout function we don't wear the uniform because
> our actions will somehow "disgrace" the uniform ?? You actions have
> disgraced you alledged philosophy already
> Situational Ethics and Varing Standard is not what it's about...
> Drinking at a function is either wrong or right, regardless of
> the attire you are wearing...
The difference is that something done while in uniform can be interpreted as
being endorsed by the BSA. This is why we can't sell unauthorised items in
uniform or endorse products in uniform, even though there would be nothing
wrong with doing them while not in uniform. I would agree that having a
district dinner where people could not wear uniforms because there will be
alcohol is a bit hypocritical, but I could imagine other circumstances where
it would be perfectly natural for people to drink except for the fact they are
in uniform (ie, going out to the bar after an event when you wore your
Another thing to remember is that often there does need to be a varying
standard. If I were to go out somewhere with people who didn't drink, it
would be wrong for me to order an alcoholic drink (from my Christian
background that Paul says not to do anything which would cause another to
stumble). However, if I'm in a group which has no problem with drinking, then
it is perfectly appropriate to order a drink. In the same manner, if I'm
going somewhere representing a group, my actions should represent that group
(even if my personal feelings would allow different actions).
I think that drinking in uniform at adults-only meetings shouldn't be a
problem, but if underaged people are present then alcohol shouldn't be served
(since there are people who (at least theoretically) don't drink, as in my
example above). But I don't know what National policy is on this.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City