Re: New Thread- Sewemonyerself!
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Fri, 26 May 1995 13:54:53 EDT
> Paul Bartells wrote:
> "Every time my son needs a patch added to his shirt, merit badge
> sash, brag vest or whatever, my wife complains and I don't blame
> her. The patches are manufactured to be "iron-on". However, the
> glue used doesn't hold up for long. Therefore, they must be sewn
> on. Well, while the glue won't stay glued for long, it sure does
> make it hard to get a needle through. Life would be much easier
> if they would leave the glue off."
I have enjoyed reading this thread, as it seems to connect to the
threads on uniforming. As an outsider to the BSA, living in Canada, I
find the latest discussion peculiar. Yes, it is important for the
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, etc. to arrive dressed neatly, cleanly in a
Scout uniform, but really whose uniform is it? Clearly, it is the
child's. In our group we insist that the Cubs sew their badges on
stars on their sashes themselves! The use of a needle and thread to
my mind qualifies as demonstrating use of a tool, a star and badge
requirement. Heaven forbid that I would ask a mother --why not dad?--
to sew a badge on. A Cub sewn on badge may not pass muster --or is
that pass the mustard, which is often seen on uniforms after a camp--
with an army inspector, but as ole BP observed Scouting has been
plagued by too many leaders who see themselves as miniture generals.
When instructing your Cubs to sew the badges on themselves, be sure to
ensure them that it does not hurt!
Oh yes, generally when a Cub sews the badge on they take considerable
pride in their achievement.
gerald de montigny
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City