Re: NEW UNIFORMS
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 07:11:49 EDT
You posted -
>In Austria we get in 1996 new Uniform shirts in red. What do you think about
>this idea. Please send me a Mail.
I don't know...
When the UK Scout Association tried to impose red shirts on the Scout
section a few years ago, the Scouts protested.
There are some negatives to the red shirt thing -
- You can't wear them during a wide game where you need to hide.
- It's hard enough to get Scouts to wear uniforms in public as it is.
They didn't care to stand out even more in a crowd than they already do...
- No doubt this is something that a hired consultant came up with. The
British Scouts were not especially happy about some fashion house deciding
what they should be wearing.
- The Scouts were also not happy because nobody had asked them before
the decision was made. ("After all Skip, you've been preaching to us that
Scouting is OUR programme, right?")
- "Skip, have you ever been to a country where the Scout uniform shirt
is red???" (No, I had not seen that, and was not particularly willing to...)
When the announcement was made on the BBC Six O'clock news, I had my doubts.
Thos edoubts were strongly re-inforced at the next Troop Night with the
howls of protest from the Scouts. So, we protested to the Scout Association
HQ. Apparently, a lot of other Scout Groups did as well, because the Scouts
got dark grees sweatshirts as a uniform option instead of the red sweatshirt
that had been announced...
If you don't like the red shirt idea, now is the time to protest. If they
want to do this in less than a year's time, you need to have a lot of people
contacting your HQ to let them know how your Scouts feel. If a Scout says
that he or she does not like the idea, ask the Scout to post a letter to the
Scout Association office. If enough of your Scouts do this, their voice will
probably be heard.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City