Re: Re: Uniforms
Lewis P. Orans (LPORANS@I-LINK.NET)
Sat, 15 Apr 1995 19:13:44 -0500
Many, many moons ago, when I was a young Scout, a Tenderfoot to be sure, we
were required to wear leather shoes with our Scout uniform (and believe me, in
those days there was no question about the uniform -- no Class A, B or C, just
long pants (with red piping on the pockets), long sleeve shirt, web belt, Scout
socks, leather shoes (and you can bet they were polished too) overseas cap,
neckerchief (troop colors - purple and gold), brass buckle on that belt, and a
brass clip for my Scout knife.... and to complete the outfit ... leggings (a
real holdover from doughboys and Tommy's and WWI -they kept you safe from
poison ivy ????). In the summer, it was shorts, knee socks with garters and
red garter tabs (the elastic in the garters designed for torniquets or was it
the Russians way of getting at us). And leather shoes, a short sleeved shirt
and all the other stuff. Pheww!!
But no one even thought to question, that's just the way we dressed for Scouts.
Now, we have survived the red berets, and baseball caps, and the leggings are
gone and Oscar de la Renta has redesigned the uniform.
It is interesting to me, that when I see adults in complete uniform, the boys
tend to follow suit (no pun) and when the adults do not wear uniform, the boys
will follow too. An example is set, it is often followed.
The world will not end because of incomplete uniforms, but the uniformity of
equal uniforming is close to what BP looked for. Boys from the city and the
country, Boys of greater and lesser means, all Boys at the same level, in the
same uniform, differentiated only by achievement (ranks and offices). Not a
bad thought at all.
Oh, well... Just a set of reflections sparked by polished shoes.
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| Lew Orans |
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