Re: Scottish Scout Uniform
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 14:21:19 -0700
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>Does the above mean my son whose ancestry includes the McVeys can wear a
>clan kilt with his BSA shirt? Or is the kilt only "kosher" with the
>British shirt? (if everyone will forgive the mixed cultures there.)
As one who is (in part) of mixed Scottish and Jewish ancestry, I find
the mixed cultures both forgivable and appropriate.
Scottish boy scout uniforming regulations do not apply to the BSA. The
BSA has no uniforming regulations of which I am aware pertaining to the
kilt. The kilt is not a part of the Scout uniform here in the USA as it
is in Scotland.
Having said that, several of the Scouters in Camarillo have worn the kilt
at Scout-O-Rama with council approval in conjunction with the Scout shirt
when they played the Scottish great highland bagpipes. Two of us and
several Scouts also did so when we piped at a flag raising at the Ronald
Reagan Presidential Library several years ago.
I have donned the kilt with Scout uniform shirt when I played my pipes
at the 11th and 12th International Camporees (in Mexico in 1991 and the
USA in 1993). I intend to do so again at the 14th International Camporee
Some of my Scouts have worn kilts with their uniform shirts whilst
participating in Scottish highland games here in California and will
no doubt do so again.
There is a registered BSA tartan, which could be ordered and made into
a kilt. Likewise a generic Scout tartan exists. I believe that this one
was developed originally by the Scottish Scout Association for use by
Scouts who were otherwise not entitled to wear the tartan of any clan.
Finally, all registered Scouts and Scouters may wear the McLaren tartan.
They are also offically honorary members of Clan McLaren. This is
courtesy of William F. Dubois McLaren, former clan chief of the
McLarens. The swatch of tartan that one sees on the Wood Badge
neckerchief is always that of the McLaren clan. Chief McLaren was a
commissioner in the British Scout Association when he authorized this.
He also donated what is now the Gilwell Training Centre to Scouting,
hence the McLaren tartan on the Wood Badge necherchief.
At the Costa Mesa Highland Games in May, some of the McLaren members
in the booth were unaware that all Scouts are members of Clan McLaren,
but the convenor was. My troop and I signed in as clan members at the
Clan McLaren booth at the games.
Cheryl, I trust tht you will find the foregoing to be of some
assistance in answering your question.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Woodbadge 416-18
Ventura County Council Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
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