Re: BSA: Uniform wear complaint
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Tue, 28 Feb 1995 12:03:31 +0900
On 2/27/95, Jim Van Hecke wrote:
>Having had the opportunity to "GRACE" :-) the pages of both Scouting
>Magazine and Boys Life many years ago, I seem to recall that they were very
>strict about uniforms and not allowing partial uniforms or non-official parts.
>They seem to have dropped their standards.
I questioned this about a year and a half/two years ago. At issue was an
advertising layout in _Scouting_ presented by Chrysler Corp. It covered
several pages and prominently featured a den of Webelos Scouts in several
of the photographs. I asked the same question about showing correct practice
in uniforming in such a publication.
Mike Walton [as always :-) ] had the ready answer that didn't condone the
errors but did explain why they sometimes happen. As in any publication,
deadlines are always tight. When dealing with photographs that are provided
by an outside source (such as the author, a Pack or a Troop or a Council),
the editors at times have to work with what they get. "Yes, that Webelos
Scout is still wearing his 'Progress Toward Ranks' beads, but we have to
get these pages off to the printer tomorrow" would be how the discussion
goes. The problem is rooted in the Pack or Troop involved in the program
and how much attention the leaders pay to correct uniforming.
My question was aimed at something that there _should have been_ a measure
of control over. The ad shoot for Chrysler didn't happen on a whim; there
would have been plenty of lead time to do a uniform inspection before the
first Cub Scout parent signed the release form allowing her or his child to
appear in the advertisement. However, this didn't happen and in several of
the photos in the ad, those with sharp eyes and a basic knowledge of Webelos
uniforms could pick out several errors.
In the scheme of things, how things look in the photos in _Scouting_ and
_Boy's Life_ are pretty, pretty minor. Life will go on if a Bear is shown
without a Bobcat badge in place. However, it would be nice to know that
there is some consistency in the program so Scouters can point out the
good examples of how things should work.
Bruce in Blacksburg Webelos Den Leader, Pack 56, Blacksburg, Va.
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