Re: Troop neckerchieves
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 05:54:08 -0700
>On Tue, 2 Jul 1996, John Gabriel wrote:
>> We give our new scouts a plain neckerchief. In the past, they would be
>> purchase the troop neckerchief (which has an embroidered image) after 1 year,
>> but as been changed to when they earn first class.
>Our own troop gives each boy a troop neckerchife... which has the troop
>patch sewn on it. upon entrance into the troop... usually his first night
>after all the paperwork is submitted.... the practice mentioned above
>seems to say to me that "you are not really a member of the troop until
>you hit First Class" and as the newly annointed Advancement Chair is not
>a feeling I would want promoted....
>just my thoughts
I was wondering if someone would raise the question. Over two years ago
when I was CC the Troop decided to design and order Troop neckerchiefs.
The Scouts made the decision that you would recieve the neckerchief upon
obtaining First Class. New Scouts get a red one.
There has never ever been a question raised that new Scouts are not members
of the Troop and they proudly wear their red neckerchief and uniforms.
They are seen and treated as members of the Troop. The Troop neckerchief is
seen as a goal and a mark of achievement by the Scouts.
When a couple of Commissioners pointed out that the different colored
neckerchief's were not allowed by BSA rules my reply was that the Scouts
had made a decision and I would stand by it. Even so I took the question
back to the PLC along with the "the scout really is not a member of the
troop" observation. The idea of changing was universally defeated by both
the new and older Scouts. They like the way it is handled now and noone
feels left out of the Troop.
SM Troop 39, Maltby
Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
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