Derry Hamilton (USEPMAIL10@ML0.UCS.ED.AC.UK)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:30:36 +0000
I would just like to point out that although the original scout uniform was
like the millitary uniform of the time in the area that B.-P. commanded it was not
intended to imitate it for the sake of being millitary. There was much more
flexibility in those climates about uniform than there is today.
A wee quote:
"The Scout Uniform is very like the uniform worn by my men when I
commanded the South African Constabulary. They knew what was
comfortable, servicable, and a good protection against the weather.
So Scouts have much the same uniform.
With a few minor alterations the original Scout Uniform has met the ideas
of Scouts around the world and has been universally adopted. Of couse in
extreme climates it has to be modified to suit the seasons, but on the whole
the different nations in the temperate climates are dressed uniformly alike."
B.-P. Camp Fire Yarn No.3, Scouting for boys.
The Scout Uniform was adopted because it was practical and suited the purpose for
which it was intended.
DPM or BDU or whatever you want to call it is not practical in a Scouting context
and and doesn't suit the purpose for which it would be intended. In a rescue
situation, DPM is the last colour scheme you would want to be wearing, in the rain
the DPM uniform is not waterproof and is as bad as jeans at drying out. In any
case it is far too heavy. It might interest you to know that the British Army rarely
hikes in combat dress and quite often goes int battle wearing lightweight trousers
(trousers, mens, lightweight, green) since these are far more usefull. This is not
regulations, this is techniques learnt through experience. This might sugest th
wearing combat dress to hike in is a result of inexperience and wanting to look
tough rather than experience or thoughtfull consideration.
Another wee quote:
"the colour and style of uniform long trousers and alternatives for female Scouts
to be the decision of the Patrol Leaders Council who, after consulting with the
Troop Membership, will reach their decision bearing in mind the image of The
The Policy, Orginisation and Rules of The Scout Association 1995 Edition Rule
50.2 paragraph 3
This will apply equally to all scout associations as well as Britain. The Scout
movement has always opposed dictatorships, militaristic regimes, oppression and
so forth. We have never been a military force and, God willing, we will never
become one. Because of our opposition to evil in this world we have often been
seen as one of the biggest threats to some governments who impose their will by
force, I wasjust reading yesterday about a Scouter who was tried and executed by
the Nazis during the second world war for: Murder, Sabotage, Incitement to
sabotage and Scouting activities. To my knowledge only the last was true.
It is important that we retain our distinctive uniform and seperate identity so that
we can always be and always appear to be independent of politics and fashionable
beliefs that we can follow a course that is our own, guided by justice, honour, faith
Wear the correct uniform and wear it with pride in the movement and Scouts
present and past.
The uniform will change but let it always reflect the image of the Scout
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City