Re: BSA: Uniform wear complaint
Edward G. 'Ted' Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 08:17:08 -0700
Stepping up onto soapbox:
Jo Burns, 31B Beavers, 85B Brownies, 35 Guides, London, Ontario, Canada
commented about Chuck Bramlett's letter on uniform 'laxness' perceived in
_Scouting_ magazine, and she told us of Scouts Canada customs in the female
end of things.
Last time I went with a troop to Canada (for the 6th British Columbia-Yukon
Provincial Jamboree) I thought I learned that a Canadian boy scout out and
about on something other than a formal sort of occasion like awards
ceremonies, was considered in uniform no matter what he had on, so long as
he also had his "necker" on. Now my Scouts in small town Idaho where a lot
of parents earn minimum wage or less, thought that was one fine rule. We
have largely gone on outdoor activities to worn jeans (easier on legs than
new jeans), a Scout T-shirt of any issue or description (the weather being
warm enough), and the neckerchief about the person somehow. Of course, we
have custom neckerchieves which like the Canadian ilk are a sturdy enough
cloth and large enough cut to make a good sling for an adult; a lot get
worn as sweatbands. I regret that the current National issue neckerchief is
Now, of course, we have only about three blocks with sidewalks, and every
place in town is a twenty minute at most walk from the forest... WE have
back yards that others might consider campgrounds.... (grinning, with
tongue possibly in cheek) -- took some of the kids to 1989 National, and
more to 1991 PJ, and all to 1989 Idaho Centennial Jubilee, and at all three
events the boys said incredulously, 'they want us all to fit into *that*
[small a] campsite??!!' Our usual Troop outing puts a patrol into an area
about half a football field & the troop into two of them....
Now keeping in mind what Scouting is all about, which is *not* uniforms,
and *not* badges, but about (if I may paraphrase the textbook phrases)
patrol spirit and cooperation, moral growth, spiritual growth, physical
development, and leadership skill development, we are doing just fine. We
have large outings; no one starves, no one dies or is maimed, the kids
(largely) run the show, and all come home with happy memories and go
recruit more boys into Scouting.
Stepping down off soapbox.... and donning aluminum reflective fire-fighting
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"Alappiechsin Wiechcheu, FastTalking Wolf"
Tukarica Lodge 266, Ore-Ida Council 106
Post 246 Charter Org. Rep, District Eagle Rep.
I used to be a Fox ... with Western Alaska Council 610
Collect Alaska and Idaho patches, Lodge flaps*
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* when I have time; also a member of the Troop 246 Troop Committee, e.g.,
certifiable sucker for punishment....
YIB, and isn't this whole program fun!
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