Re: What is a "Class A uniform"?
Brandon Peskin (brandon1@KTB.NET)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 12:58:50 -0700
At 08:38 AM 8/12/96 -0700, you wrote:
>> What's wrong with military
>Well, here's a hot topic. A little historical perspective might help
>(Please correct me on any misapprehensions). There's certainly no denying
>Scouting's historical connection with the military. There was a time in
>our nation's history when this seemed to make sense to most people. For
>better or worse, that time has passed (At least for now. Who knows when
>the pendulum might swing back the other way.). After the Vietnam war,
>all things military lost some of their appeal to much of the population.
>Fairly or not, Scouting was affected by this as well. Recruitment
>suffered, and many troops went out of business. A good hard look at our
>purpose and methods was in order, and some changes, specifically the
>disavowal of anything military, came out of it.
>I have had a number of parents express reservations to me when they and
>their sons were considering joining scouts. Parents described
>recollections of their scout days that included heavy emphasis on
>marching, rifle drills (!), and requirements including being able to
>enter and leave a pool silently. I'm not sure how much these reflected
>the official Scouting program and how much the choice of some individual
>leaders, but I'm happy to be able to tell parents that we don't do any of
>that, and that in fact, we're specifically prohibited from that sort of
>A respect for our flag, our nation, and for those who defend them are
>still important in our troop. Several times a year we raise and lower
>hundreds of flags at the local veterans cemetary. Some of our boys may
>choose a military career later in life, and I wish them well. I believe,
>however, that Scouting's current emphasis on developing self-reliance,
>leadership and good citizenship are appropriate for our times.
>(I hear my soap box threatening to collapse. Any other views?)
That is true. I am a Boy Scout, troop 303, Panorama City, California (near
Los Angeles), I am 15 yrs old. It is true what you say about scouting. But I
wouldnt be surprised if a huge war where to happen, and continue for several
years, if Boy Scouts suddenly became a gateway to the military.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City