Re: BSA: Uniform wear complaint
Joanne Burns, Admin. Asst., History (BURNS@SSCL.UWO.CA)
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 16:37:19 -0500
In Chuck Bramlet's article, he wrote:
>I just got the current copy of Scouting over the weekend, And I have
>seen some pictures in there that somewhat disturb me.
>All are in partial uniform, none wearing a neckerchief. On page 28,
>there is a small picture of an (apparently Webelos) Cub Scout in
>partial uniform, again without Neckerchief.
>Seeing these reminded me of a picture that appeared in the local paper
>around July 4th last year  He was wearing gloves and A Scout Shirt.
>No hat, Neckerchief or uniform pants.
> Am I expecting too much here? If the boy is going to allow himself to
> be photographed for publication, shouldn't he (or his leader) make sure
> that he's in FULL uniform?
> I see this frequently, in the pages of Scouting, and it galls me every
Hi Chuck -
I'm involved with both Guides and Scouts Canada and I'd like to comment
on your article.
Sometimes, especially at camp, Brownies and Guides do not normally wear
their uniforms. We encourage them to wear a camp hat; however, opportunities
for pictures at camp are great and many pics are probably taken of non-uniformed
girls. Some of these pics may turn out to be fantastic and in turn, they are
sent in to (hopefully) be published in *Canadian Guider*.
When the Brownies & Guides go on an outing (like rollerblading or
hiking), we encourage them to wear their badge scarf. When we are involved
in an indoor service project (helping at the Food Bank), we do encourage them
to be in FULL uniform. Sometimes outdoor service projects are such that it is
better NOT to wear your uniform. If someone happens to come by from the local
press to take a pic and wants to take a picture of a non-uniformed Brownie or
Guide, why not? After all, they are still Brownies/Guides in spirit. It would
be awful to put the Brownie/Guide on the spot and say "sorry, you can't take a
picture of her because she's not in uniform!" -- so much for self-esteem.
As long as the newspaper caption identifies the girls as members
of Guiding, that's good enough for me. Sure, it would have been nice to
have a pic of a uniformed member, but sometimes that's not always possible.
Why pass-up a great photo opportunity just because someone is not in uniform?
There are times for uniforms and there are times for practicality. A
partial uniform is, of course, better than none at all :-).
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