Re: Uniform Wear Complaint
Steve L Miller (SLMiller54@AOL.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 01:02:36 -0500
to throw my two cents in on this issue, I would say that I fully believe and
demonstrate to my professional staff the need to wear a full and correct
uniform. In 14 years as a professional Scouter no one has ever called me to
task for wearing my many different training awards and youth awards. I Have
a staff member who earned the Silver Beaver for her great contributions as a
volunteer. When she retired from school teaching she became a Council
Employee and now serves as a District Executive. I would not dream of asking
her not to wear awards. A new push has been made to build endowment funds
through the James E. West Fellowship, I know professionals wearing this
square knot to promote the program.
I can agree with what you said about the cost of patches being a problem. In
my case it is usually the age of the Uniform Shirt and which patches I had at
that stage of my career/volunteerism. It is bad enough changing all the
CSP's, OA flaps and Position Patches, as I change councils. That is why my
older shirts come in handy for campouts (other than ceremonial times). In
addition I must keep a correct uniform for my son's scout troop. It is never
ending, and my wife gave up sewing these patches on long ago.
I will have to ask friends of mine who have been professional scouters longer
than I have, if they have ever experienced pressure to keep their uniforms
stripped down. Maybe I have just lead a sheltered life.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City