Re: Cub Camp - Scout Uniform Not Allowed
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Sun, 20 Aug 1995 20:17:23 EDT
If you are getting the facts "as they are" , then it would appear that there
is something amiss in your Council. I think you need to sit down with your
DE as soon as possible and find out if what you hear is how the Council is,
indeed, operaing their Cub Camp programme. If it is, then I would have to
say that it is time for some kind of action to bring things into the realm
of common sense. I cannot understand why Scouts would not be allowed to wear
their uniforms, as this would be something that would help draw the Cubs
toward the Troops. Younger kids look up to older kids, and it would be very
helpful to be able to have those "heros" be allowed to wear uniform during
We constantly moan about how difficult it is to get our Scouts into uniform
at ANY time, and here you have a case where the Scouts who are camp
counselors are upset because their leadership will not allow them to wear
uniform during Cub Camp? I don't know about you, but it would seem as if
there is someone in charge who doesn't really have a good clue of what
Scouting and its traditions are all about...
I would be VERY surprised - not to mention highly disappointed in the BSA's
top leadership - if this turned out to be a National policy.
I think a visit to the Council Office on the question of your son not being
allowed to attend Cub Camp with the Pack as a helper is DEFINITELY in order.
There has to be some kind of reason for their turning him back at the gate
and being sent home. If it is because of something he has said or done, you
need to know that, so that you can deal with it at home. If it is because of
some misguided local policy, then there may be a need for some really
serious work in determining what is going on in your Council.
Something's up, and you need to know what it is...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City