Uniforms - A different view
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Mon, 13 Feb 1995 12:48:51 EST
Hi Everyone...I have been away for a while (business) but am back on
SCOUTS-L. I am the one who put the Hungarian Scout Group help request out. I
noticed a few notes about wearing full uniforms, but did not get the original
or first follow-ups. I have a great story that may let people view the
uniform a little differently.
The Hungarian Scouts that we are trying to help do not have any money for
uniforms. They are really just trying to survive. HOWEVER, the leader
informed us (through his brother) that every boy in the "pack" has found a
blue hat of some make. This is their uniform...the blue hat. There is one
boy who, because of a medical problem, is very small. But his father is
massive. His blue hat is his father's work hat. According to the leader,
this boy can't even see. The hat is so big, that it covers his eyes. But,
that boy wears that hat to every meeting...and does so proudly. "It is the
silliest looking thing you ever saw, but I couldn't be more proud of him".
The rest of the boys are silly looking too, each with whatever blue hat they
could scroung up. But that "uniform" is a point of tremendous pride for this
group. Only recently have they been able to have organizations like
scouting. In some ways, the scout organization represents freedom, and the
people in the area where these boy's live see this group with the funny blue
hats and sees hope for the future in these silly looking boys. The boys are
so proud of their group that they, whenever possible, wear their hats to
work...yes work, not school, but work.
So when it seems to be a big hassle, or maybe costs a little money to get the
complete uniform and wear it, think about these boys in Hungary who are so
proud of their "uniform"...and probably know what the true meaning is better
than any of us. I must admit that I was a Blue-Jeans person. I had the
shirt, and all the other stuff, but always wore blue jeans as pants. I have
just recently gone back to the scout shop and bought a real pair of uniform
pants. It actually means something to me now that it didn't before I got
involved with the Hungarian "pack".
Just food for thought, YiS
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City