Re: Scout Letter
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:30:34 -0500
Mike Bowman posted a wonderful letter; one which I will save and probably
distribute. However, there was one thing I disagreed with and at the risk
of opening an old topic this is what it is:
>...If you are involved in another activity, such as sports, and time
>precludes you from putting on your uniform, it is okay to appear in your
>sports etc. uniform...
Why is this OK? Apparently much emphasis is placed on uniforming yet there
is this glaring inconsistency. What if that other activity is TV watching
or homework or Nintendo (tm), is it ok to wear the "uniform" of those
activities? (partly sarcastic question)
IMO, this sends an unintended message that Scouting is not as important as
xxxx (fill in the other activity here). Kids will quickly catch on to this.
It is then not difficult to descend to the level of the partially sarcastic
question I posed -- "Well, if I have baseball on Scout night it's OK to show
up in baseball uniform, so then if I was just out with my friends and have
not time to change then it's OK if I don't wear my uniform." I also think,
especially for the younger boys, that parents will pick up on this as well
and not be as likely to "encourage" their kids to change into uniforms.
I understand that schedules will be tight and kids will be coming directly
from other activities, but would it not be better to encourage them to bring
the uniform with them to the meeting and change upon arrival? It only takes
a couple of minutes. ...kind of like the athlete suiting up in the locker
room before the game. <g>
Just my 2 cents...
Unit Commissioner, Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
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