Re: Scouting v. Sports
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 12:27:24 -0500
Randy Hahn wrote:
>...sports uniforms to scouts. If we did not permitt this, we would not
>a meeting some nights because the boys would not come.
He is at least the second person who seems to have missed what I suggested
Would it not be better to encourage them to bring their uniforms and change
into them -- and out of their sweaty and dirty sport uniforms <g> -- when
they arrive to the meeting?
One is doomed to be labelled a hypocrite is one teaches the importance of
uniforming and yet allows the uniform of other activities instead. Kids
catch on very quickly that what you say (uniform is important) does not
agree with what you do (it's OK to wear your dirty baseball uniform).
I don't think it is too much to expect a kid to spend a couple of minutes in
a bathroom getting changed before the meeting. This is not difficult and
imposes no undue hardship on anyone. I have nothing against organized
sports, I just feel it is important to be properly attired for whatever
activity you are participating in. One would not go to a baseball game
in a basketball uniform. An adult wouldn't think of attending an
important business meeting in sweats! (unless perhaps, he works for the
company that makes those sweats! <g>)
IMO, a kid (or adult!) in a uniform of another activity is just as "out of
uniform" as the kid who was sitting at home and didn't want to change before
the meeting. Just recently I had to change out of my "work clothes" and
into a uniform in a MacDonald's bathroom (I was coming straight from work),
because I did not feel it was appropriate to show up at my pack's Pinewood
Derby -- and my first visit as their new Unit Commissioner -- in anything
other than a complete Boy Scout uniform.
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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