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Mon, 11 Mar 1996 18:37:44 -0600
Bill Fox illustrates an example of "letting the uniform come":
>In a message dated 96-03-08 10:55:16 EST, Hugh writes:
(from my comments, which were:)
>>>... and if he's working as hard as he can to meet and live
>>>up to the Scouting principles, the uniform *will come*.
>>I agree but I have never been exposed to inner city problems of metropolitan
>>areas. Does it work there?
>In the Sixties, my father had run a very successful troop in Harlem, NYC.
>Many of these youngsters came from broken homes and had already had run-ins
>with the police. From these Scouts, came several Eagle Scouts, Doctors,
>Lawyers and military officers.
>From a more practical situation, Hugh and Bill, when community members SEE
that Scouts and Cubs are doing the very best they can, they can come up
with some uniforms and neckerchiefs, many times from their own sons and
relatives. What lots of innercity and rural communities want to see is an
HONEST EFFORT. I know of many rural churches in the eastern part of the state
that were so proud of their Troop's efforts to be Scouts in all of the right
senses, that they took a collection on a Sunday, gave it to the Scoutmaster
or Cubmaster (or gave it to the pastor) with the words "please get these boys
some shirts" or "let's make them look the part they are trying to play".
During the '93 Jamboree (I may have stated this before, so please excuse me
if this is a repeat), I sought out ON PURPOSE some Black Scouting units that
have come to the Jamboree "for the day". This was because I had just talked
with my mother, whom strongly objected to Jessi and I taking off for three days
"to see some Boy Scout thing", adding that "Why don't I see or hear of some
BLACK kids going to this thing?".
I posed with two Eagle Scouts, both from an innercity project in New Orleans.
Their Scoutmaster, three churches and two community groups within the project
and in the Black community, arranged their transportation and paid a matching
amount for each Scout to attend. Those two Eagles had nothing but pride in
their community for "finally getting us to something we've read about, dreamed
about and wanted so badly". I was almost in tears as they asked ME to pose
with them so that they can take a picture back home of "a longtime Black
Scouting leader" (their Scoutmaster is white).
This, Hugh, is one of the best examples I can give of "the uniforms will come".
While yes, we should emphasize the wearing of the uniform, there are clearly
some instances whereby if the program is active, youth-ran and adult-observed,
that the other things like the uniforms, transportation and even community
support will come around. I've done it, I know it works, and that's the way
that the Scouting program works.
And Bill, while it works with some stuggling in our urban and rural areas,
it works ever so greatly as well in our suburbubs and on military installations
The photo will be posted on the "Blacks in Scouting" webpage that I've finished
last night, as my snoring wife slept.
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