Re: Service Stars and the Insignia Police
Stephen Allan Mintz (samintz@INFOCOMM.NET)
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 05:32:09 -0500
I have been watching this discussion about the service stars.
The point has been brought up that people (boys, adults) should not be
"shot" over a $.25 piece of aluminum. Yet, I was the Scoutmaster of a
different Troop and had to calm a Scout down and admonish an Assistant
Scoutmaster over the top button on the uniform.
The Scout had a uniform shirt that was too large and buttoned the top
button so it would not fall to one side. In actuality it was not a big
deal but the Scout thought he did not look good in the shirt without the
button - buttoned. This assistant scoutmaster gave the Scout a dressing
down in front of the entire troop about the button. Eventually, the
Scout left the room to seek me out, he was in tears and the assistant
scoutmaster in full pursuit - The issue now was the scout did not obey
the assistant scoutmaster by unbottoning the shirt and therefore was
The situation was compounded by the assistant scoutmaster's son (an
assistant senior patrol leader) having no bottons (in sight) buttoned.
I told the assistant scoutmaster that uniforming was no longer in his
area of responcibility and that we would go over the entire issue of
uniform police outside of the meeting. I also told him as his last
uniform action he should ask his own son to be properly buttoned.
He did not appreciate the irony, the situation, or have any feelings
for the boy (and later I found out ,boys involved). Therefore, I do
not have any sympathy for the UNIFORM POLICE and the situations they
get themselves into - MY TROOP LOST 4 BOYS OVER WETHER A BUTTON SHOULD
BE BUTTONED and a loose cannon of a UNIFORM POLICEMAN.
IT WAS NOT WORTH IT - It is nice to be informed - IT WAS NOT WORTH IT!!!
Since the issue was not worth the committee's time and the loose cannon
had to stay, I eventually left that troop - to join a troop where we
have fun, advancement, fun, adventure, and uniforms.
Yours In Scouting,
Stephen Allan Mintz I used to be an Eagle ...
Scoutmaster T198 NE VI-16 NE VI-36 NE CS-51
Arrowhead District Training Team
Baltimore Area Council
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