Re: uniforming & merit badges
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 12:53:51 -0500
> >I wish that I was fortunate enough to be en a community where the
> >family situations and economic situations were such that I could also
> >insist the same thing. But, that is not reality.
> But the reality is: If you are serious about using the methods of Scouting,
> including uniforms, then the Troop Committee will do all that is necessary
> to see that boys have uniforms.
I wish tht I could say that this were possible. But, you need to come
to Southeastern Ohio and visit the families where the concern is more
on having clothes (period) and a heated house. Then you can see where
the attention of the scout, family, and committee members is focused.
The methods of scouting are not the ends of scouting. The highway is
not the destination and there are many roads to the goal. In many of
the situations I have seen and encountered I am happy to have the boy
in scouts...uniform or not. The complete by the book uniform sure does
look nice and it may help the boy on the journey but it is not the
uniform that makes the scout inside the boy grow. Yes, I am serious
about the methods of scouting but there is a time and place to apply a
little common sense and good judgement.
-Steve in Newark (not NJ)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City