Re: New Irish Uniform
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 4 Mar 1996 11:22:47 -0500
You're correct in believing that most children in the US do not wear
uniforms to school. HOWEVER, if they're in the school band, a school
(or neighborhood or any other group) sports team, or even a church
youth choir, they definitely DO wear a uniform for those activities.
So, even many of them will tell you otherwise, they ARE accustomed to
wearing uniforms. Perhaps the basic difference is that they don't
wear a band or soccer uniform (for instance) in "PUBLIC."
(When we are traveling some of our scouts will remove their scout
shirts (sometimes substituting another shirt, sometimes just having a
T-shirt remaining) as soon as the car begins moving. On our last trip
I had to instruct one scout to put his scout shirt and neckerchief
back on before going into a restaurant for lunch.
(The scout shirt is the one item that most of the boys will usually
wear to meetings and outings. They outgrow the scout trousers/shorts
and, of course, don't pressure Mom or Dad to buy another. They "lose"
their neckerchief and hat.
(Subject to special scorn in our troop is the official Boy Scout hat.
Most of the boys would prefer to wear anything but that hat. In some
ways, I have to agree with their sentiments. While the current
"baseball cap" style is far better than the army-style garrison cap I
wore as a scout, the color scheme (Olive-brown hat with gold Scout
emblem on red front panel) is atrocious IMO. Perhaps if the hat were
solid red with the gold Boy Scout insignia they would be more willing
to wear it. In a separate argument, I have boys in the Order of the
Arrow purchase an OA hat and then expect that to be accepted as
"uniform" because it is a "scout" hat (no matter that it isn't the
(All in all, I suspect that we will always have resistance to uniforms
in the US. Too much "non-conforms" within each of us, I suspect.)
Adrian, I think the largest resistance to a new uniform will come from
the parents who have to purchase this new uniform. I hope that the
old uniform will remain acceptable for a few years so that boys or
girls (and their younger siblings) can outgrow and/or wear out the old
uniform without having to go out and purchase a new set all at once.
We do this with our Cub/Webelos Scouts -- a Webelos can wear either a
Cub Scout blue or Boy Scout tan uniform, which allows the boy to
change to the Boy Scout uniform when he GROWS out of the old uniform.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City