Re: New Irish Uniform.
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 24 Feb 1996 01:44:17 -0500
Boy Scouts of America offers two colors of sweatshirts in its catalog
(dark green and burgundy), although these items do not replace the
uniform shirt. Some Troops have developed their own jackets,
sweatshirts, etc. for use in camping or doing grubby activities, saving
the uniform shirt for meetings, ceremonies, and many other activities.
Most use the standard BSA uniform. Many Troops find that as the boys get
older, especially as they hit 14 or so that it becomes more challenging
to keep the boys in uniforms, though a number do so successfully.
What I think we have to remember though is that uniforming is method or
tool of Scouting -- ideally it helps level everyone into the same cloths
regardless of circumstances, it helps develop a feeling of belonging, it
encourages better discipline and pride, serves as a way of displaying
recognitions, etc. To the extent that a uniform does this, the color or
style of uniform adopted by a Scout Association shouldn't make much
difference, especially if the colors and style are readily used by the
I can understand that in some countries a more military style uniform may
have undesirable connotations or that a color may have a political
significance and that these sorts of things have to be avoided, if
undesirable or if they would serve to discourage membership.
In some circumstances it may be desirable to have uniform options to suit
the needs of the Scouts in the association. I could see where it might
be desirable to have a more traditional Irish uniform for more formal
situations, while having the option of a sweater/sweatshirt for camping
to better suit weather and climate conditions. Maybe the answer for your
Association would be to compromise with both being an option.
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - firstname.lastname@example.org
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