Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 21:44:16 EDT
> Another suggestion, wear a neckerchief at all times when you are a group, no
> matter what the uniform is. It is the one thing around the world that
> identifies Scouts. Even if the only part of the uniform you wear is the
> neckerchief, you will instantly be recognized as Scouts, and many people
> will come up to you and strike up a conversation.
Ah! I'll add to this comment with something that happened to me in
Before the World Moot, I was supposed to stay at Home Hospitality for
a week in Vase, Sweden. Unfortunately, I had been unable to reach
the person who I was supposed to be staying at.. needless to say,
I was getting a bit concerned with this lack of place to stay.
(When I dialled, the phone just kept on ringing and ringing.)
After arriving at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, I booked a train to
Karlstad, which is a city 25km from Vase. In the airport, I also
put on a group neckerchief.
Two hours later, I got off the train in Karlstad. I really had no
clue about where to go, since I still couldn't reach the person...
Remembering an incident where the number I had for a friend got me
'Varsity Floors', I called the Canadian contingent leader and checked
the phone number... still no luck.
Not having much of a choice, I walked around the streets of
Karlstad for a while. Not long afterwards, a group of people came
up to me and asked if I was a Scout, seeing my neckerchief and
wondering if it was a Scout neckerchief. (A lost Scout too, I'll bet,
by the way I was walking around the same places again and again...)
I ended up watching 'The Cable Guy', in English with Swedish subtitles,
with these Swedish Scouts. (I felt quite funny walking into the
theater carrying my bulky backpack- it did have all my stuff in it...)
One of the Scouts offered me a place to stay for the night, as it was
getting quite late.
Fortunately, after the movie, I was finally able to reach the person
who was doing the Home Hospitality, and he picked me up a few minutes
Well, that's what my neckerchief did for me in Europe.
By the way: about uniforms and flying, I put on my uniform towards the
end of my flight from Montreal to London and kept it on until I got to
Baden Powell House in London, where I stayed the night; then I had it
in my pack for my (non-Scouting) tour of Europe. After that, it came
out of my bag on a train enroute to Gilwell Park, where I did wear it
quite a bit... back into my pack while at my friend's house in Oxford,
and it stayed there for the flight to Stockholm. After that, I wore it
a lot at the Moot in Sweden, and on the flights back home from
Stockholm to London and London to Montreal.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City