Re: Camporee/Professional Scouters
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 04:12:27 -0500
>Why would a professional scouter, on his way to a camporee, not even take
Because in some Councils, the professional only wears his uniform upon
direction from the Field Director or the Council Executive.
While the option of wearing or not wearing the field uniform remains in a large
part a personal one, in some local Councils, there is policy as to when you will
wear the field uniform and when you will wear the "dress uniform". This is
mainly to avoid BSA connectivity with some "questionable" participants. For
instance, if the professional enroute to the Camporee, has to stop and meet
with a group of "concerned citizens" about forming a "special Troop just for
OUR children" (with all of the connotations which could be presented there),
he or she may NOT want to wear that uniform there. In either case, the
with or without the uniform still represents the interests of the local Council
and therefore the BSA.
One wrong photograph can "bind" the BSA through the local Council into doing
things that they have no desire or interest in doing.
On a personal level, I didn't wear my field uniform to Camporees on Fridays
because I knew that it would get messy and soiled before the opening
ceremonies on Saturday morning. I kept it in my tent and wore a BSA
teeshirt or a jacket
instead. Yeah, I have several shirts and it wouldn't be hard to switch out
shirts. But I'm the EXCEPTION and not the rule. Many pros only have one
"outside shirt" and one "inside shirt", because perhaps in their Council, they
don't get that chance to wear the field uniform as often as us volunteers do.
Hope this helps, Mike!
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