Re: Wearing old uniforms reference?
Sun, 3 Nov 1996 13:19:59 -0600
>I've heard it stated many times that "you can wear old uniorms as long as
>they are _complete_ old uniforms", i.e. no mix-and-match of new pants
>with an old shirt, etc. What I was looking for is a reference somewhere
>that actually says this.
>From your Council's Scout Executive...he or she should have a copy of the
memoradum sent from the Operations Group, National Office in the middle
of 1994 reaffirming the BSA's policy on older uniforms. The original policy
was written in 1972 when the BSA went onward to the "improved Scouting
program", revised in 1987 to include both versions of the older Exploring
uniform, and once again in 1994 after we switched Chief Scout Executives and
the question came up again.
If you want a copy without having to go to your Council Scout Executive,
take a look at page 6 in a BSA publication called "Questions and Answers
concerning the Improved Scouting Program". That publication, written in
March of 1971, provides the basis for the present policy and hasn't changed
in wording (except for Exploring uniforms, which went and now happily came
The basic rule of thumb is, if it has a official BSA seal or indicia, it is okay
to wear as part of your *unit's* uniform. Non-unit Scouters SHOULD be
wearing the CURRENT official uniform of the movement, but MAY wear
older versions provided that the uniform is, as you've stated, complete and
serviceable. This means that if your unit decides to wear the older red beret
or the "foldumup cap" (we called it the "overseas cap" in the military,
among other not-so-nice names), you can do so provided that ALL youth
members (and all adult members) are provided the means to get them and
they are worn as prescribed.
We all should be striving to wear the current, complete and servicable uniform
of our youth program; however, when finances or other problems prevent us
from doing so, there should not be any *difficulties* in wearing the official
outfit of our group.
Hope this helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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