Re: Proof, Governors and Uniform Police..
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Thu, 7 Mar 1996 15:11:13 -0600
>Until Uniform Police have intelligent, precise, well-written >instructions
on uniforming, their effect is nil. What effect >might they have on a young
man who needs a $125 uniform but his >parent(s) have been laid off for 6 months?
That is the hardest thing that I had to deal with as a former
District Commissioner. There are some ways to get around this
but the main thing to continue to focus on what that young man
or his unit is getting out of the Scouting program all together.
The uniform is important, and it's one of the outward ways to
promote and recognize both the individual and the program...but
if he's having a terrific time camping, if he can show some
leadership, and if he's working as hard as he can to meet and live
upto the Scouting principles, the uniform *will come*.
>As a MS/AL Southerner, I would not ask anyone to take the >Interpreter
Strip "Drawl" off his shirt. 8-)
And they shouldn't take it off, Hugh. It's a local emblem which
is "consistant with National programs"; the same goes for
the Klingon, Mandarian Chinese and even "Southern" strips.
If they can speak it, and it has been recognized, there's NO REASON why they
shouldn't wear it.
Who knows...they may have to PROVE it by conversing with a Klingon
later on!! *laughter*
>For years I was as rigid as they get about proper uniforming but, >when I
see a SM that has had beneficial effect on hundreds of >boys for 20-30
years, who am I to tell him: (1) temp patches go >on the RIGHT pocket (2)
medals go above the pocket (3) the major >color of two square knots face the
wrong direction (3) the head >of the ribbon-suspended Silver Beaver faces
right as you look >down on it, etc.
I've done it, and I've done it with as much tact and pride that I have in
the person as I do the program. Just because he's had
20, 30 or more years of "winning Scouting" doesn't mean that he's
"untouchable" or "unreachable"...IF you use the right approach to
him. Sometimes, just by wearing your uniform as complete and
"perfect" as possible helps him. I always use this "ignorance"
to their benefit: "Hey Hugh...is that a NEW square knot? I've
never seen that before. Naw, that's not the Super Scouter square
knot...that's blue on the right and green on the left...this is
green on the right. Oh, then you have it upside down. My wife would be
happy to turn it upside right for you sometime."
(also don't count out the fact that maybe this person was rushing
to get someplace, and in that rush, he could have placed the awards on
>Sometimes, effectiveness is the important criterion.
I think, Hugh, that he would be MORE EFFECTIVE if he "looked the
part" in addition to "doing the part", you know?
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