Re: Troop neckerchieves
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 08:48:58 CST
On Wed, 3 Jul 1996 05:54:08 -0700 Scott Drown said:
>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.
When I was a Scout our troop had two neckerchiefs. You got the plain
version when you joined. It was presented with your Tenderfoot pin (no
'joining' requirements back then). Upon completion of first class, you
received the fancy version -- same color but with a piping around edges in
a contrasting color. The difference was very small but gave scouts the
incentive to reach first class.
A nearby troop also had two versions. One was a printed or silk screen
version. The first class neckerchief was embroidered.
As a scout, we were encouraged to wear a variety of neckerchiefs -- camp,
event, etc. except for formal occasions. We also were encouraged to make
our own slides. When you got your neckerchief, you got one of the metal
slides and your objective was to replace it as soon as possible. Metal
slides were returned to the troop to be used for other new scouts. If you
didn't have your own slide by the time you got second class you were looked
at kind of funny. The wall of the scout room was decorated with neckerchief
slides, many of which the SM (or scouts) had traded for at jamborees,
beginning with '1935'.
Neckerchiefs were important in my younger days. We had three troops, all
within a three block circle, which got together for wide games about once
a month, more in summer. The only way you could tell which team a person
was on was by their neckerchief! If you didn't have your neckerchief, you
probably didn't get to play!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City