Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 07:29:01 -0400
I would have the Group travel in Class A uniform. Scouting is an
international family that transcends all barriers. There are many
stories of people feeling a sense of family, even when among enemies,
upon finding that one of their opponents was a Scout.
There is a story of a young American Marine during WWII who was wounded
in the Pacific. As he was laying on the ground, the story goes, a young
Japanese soldier came up to him and raised his rifle in the bayonetting
position. Realising this was his last moment of life, the Marine raised
his right hand in the Scout Sign, because Scouting had been such an
important part of his life.
Upon seeing this, his enemy lowered his rifle, raised his own hand in
the Scout Sign, and then proceded to cover the Marine with branches,
hiding him and saving his life.
Scout uniforms are generally not recognised as militaristic, but more as
emblematic of a very positive youth organisation that has done a great
deal of good all over the world. I would not say that wearing uniform
would necessarily deter a hijacking or other terrorist event, but I do
not think that it would make you any more vulnerable than the general
Besides, all those reasons you cited FOR wearing uniform are still
valid. People will most often look at all of you with increased respect,
you will meet other Scouts and Scouters in the least-expected places,
and you will be able to see all of your young charges more easily.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City