Re: Yellow versus Khaki
Gilbert C. Birgel (birgel@GULF.NET)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 20:01:51 -0500
I think that over all, the yellow versus khaki issue has been argued very
eloquently, especially by Mike Walton.
Please bear with me while I put my .02 cents in and point out what I feel
are important points.
When I volunteered to be a wolf leader I purchased the yellow/blue, for
female cub scout leaders, because that is what the book said I was suppose
to wear. Scouts and parents started asking me why my uniform was different
from the other leaders, I had no answer and started to feel as if I was
standing out like a sore thumb, very uncomfortable!
Now I will be a WEBELOS leader and find I can wear the khaki/tan. I will do
so because I need a new uniform, but the cost of the uniforms is certainly a
MAJOR consideration here. Purchasing uniforms for myself and my son is not
inexpensive. I wonder sometimes if this would keep some families from
volunteering because they feel they could not afford the expense?
For comfort, continuity and financial consideration I personally would be
very happy if one uniform was adopted for male and female leaders. As it was
pointed out, the insignia, shoulder loops, etc., identify what your function is.
I also wear a name tag because I am very bad at remembering names. I like to
feel that by wearing the name tag I have made others feel comfortable in
approaching me because they know my name. I would love for every adult to
wear a name tag. Also the turn over of leaders/scouts in our (military)
community makes it difficult to keep track of everyones name.
Thanks for listening.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City