Re: Uniform Wear Complaint
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 14:54:42 EST
Chuck, Et. Al.
I obviously cannot comment on the situation you saw in Scouting magazine
regarding the scouts out of uniform, but know that there are some situations
where full uniform (specifically the neckerchief) is not necessarily proper.
I must agree with you about the scout in the "Sports Hat". If a hat was
proper for the situation, then the Official Cub Scout Hat is the one to wear.
We had a den outing to a local woodworking shop where the scouts made tool
boxes. In doing this, they used professional shop tools, under direct
supervision of course. But, it was absolutely against all shop rules (and
common sense safety) to wear a neckerchief while using machine tools. So if
someone took a picture (which they did and it appeared in our pack
newsletter), the picture would show scouts in partial uniform (and rightfully
so). And, if you think about it, to show a scout wearing a neckerchief
standing next to a belt sander saw he obviously just used, would probably be
just as bad, if not worse.
Maybe it was an extremely hot day and common sense dictated removing the
neckerchiefs. I have rarely seen a scout wear a Class A shirt and not have a
neckerchief....maybe not wearing it, but has it with him.
So while you may be absolutely right about the inappropriateness of the
pictures of scouts out of uniform, just realize that it may also, in fact,
have been very appropriate. You just can't know unless you are there.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City