Rick Touchette (Rick.Touchette@SEAG.FINGERHUT.COM)
Tue, 11 Apr 1995 10:21:02 -0500
Just my $.02 on the uniform,
A uniform does not make a scout.
Cost IS a problem for many, my family included!. I can buy 3 pair of
jeans for the price of one pair of scout pants. We're lucky if we can
afford all the outings.
Sure you could take from the fund rasing, which we use for camping
and other activities. Doing more fund raising is not an option in
our small comunity.
I'm with Gary and Cliff on this. The unifom is good, get it if you can.
If you can't thats ok, you can still be a scout.
In our troop a class A uniform is the shirt and neckerchief. If you have
more BSA clothing that's great, reconition is given, but is not required.
We do require the uniform is properly worn, tucked in, clean pants, etc.
For our troop this IS the full uniform.
I just don't agree that being dressed from head to toe in BSA gear is
that important, this isn't the military. Scouting isn't about having
the correct pants socks and belt. I'm sure that will soon mean underware
as well. I don't mean to upset anyone, it just seems very insensitive
and/or SNOBISH when I hear/read about how everyone must have a *full*
uniform to be a "proper" scout. This isn't "shorting the program" it's
just common sense to use your funds on the important stuff FIRST. If
you feel that strongly about a uniform go join the armed service.
I just don't buy it (literally).
P.S. We don't buy sports uniforms ether.
Rick Touchette Rick.Touchette@seag.fingerhut.com
ASM Troop 173 Scandia MN Indainhead concil Northlakes district
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