New Irish Uniform
Sergio Laurenti (SERGIO@ASORA.CCI.ORG.AR)
Sat, 24 Feb 1996 06:34:13 -0600
I wish to refer to an earlier message today:
>Here in Ireland the Scout Association of Ireland is in the process of
>introducing a new uniform.
Our last uniform appraisal and changes here in Argentina were in 1990-
1, in my days at the National Office. It was a massive exercise of
research, compilation, promotion and persuation (even for an small
organization such as ours). There were at least three different
uniforms for different sections (Cubs, Scouts, Seniors and the female
-then- counterparts). In general, at that day, our uniforms resembled
the current BSA uniforms.
Our perception was that a change was needed, because of:
- A sense of need of a uniform 'less uniform' existed in a large
section of the membership.
- Close resemblance of uniform to certain new pro-Nazi/extreme Right
groups appearing in the country and elsewhere.
- Old fashioned/military looking design.
- Too many different (and small quantities) pieces of stock to supply.
Scout-designed "indumentaria (gartments?" -the word
"uniform" was not used- (supervised by professional designers) were
proposed, and an open poll was organized. After considerable
discussions, a short list of options was chosen. A final decision was
made, during a extensive revision of our Book of Rules, at a very hot
National Council meeting.
It resulted, until today in:
- One simple/low cost model for all sections (one shirt,
scarve/neckerchief, with an optional belt). Only some badges
- Jeans or every-day blue trousers were introduced.
- All resemblance to military uniforms dissapeared (eppaulettes,
- A 'Youth-looking' uniform rapidly gained acceptance in the
- An calendar for adoption was implemented. It was mandatory to all
national/provincial Scouters to adopt it immediately, 8 months
for Group Scouters, and until the end of tenure in a section for
girls and boys.
->How is uniform perceived in America and elsewhere.
My feeling is that a more relaxed approach to uniform shall permeate
the Movement more and more, to respond to our 'clients'.
While finances of some Associations relies heavily on uniform and
badge sales, I feel that the family economies and personal
preferences of members shall be given priority.
Scouts de Argentina still keep the old usage rule that "the
use of uniform is not compulsory to any member; but is expected that
all members will be willing to earn the money needed to obtain one"
Hope this is useful. And please forgive my broken English.
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