Re: Salvation Army
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 12:09:06 -0700
At 09:06 AM 12/5/96 -0500, Doug Roach wrote:
>Monty and Byron both referenced the question of Scouts ringing the bell
>for the Salvation Army during the holidays. The question apparently is
>wether it is appropriate for the boys to do this in uniform. While I am
>not aware of what any OFFICIAL BSA policy would be on this, I have to
>agree with Byron...ring on.
>A short story.
>Immediately following Hurricane Andrew's passage through our
>neighborhood here in '92, the damage and destruction was such that for
>nearly forty-eight hours, no one in our area was able to get out for
>smiles to all the people on the street. Pasted in the window of this car
>was a large, hand-lettered Salvation Army sign. Seems they had come down
>from Hollywood (about 40 miles north of us) and they and their friends
>the last to leave. If any of the guys in my Troop choose to aid this
>organization by ringing the bell at the kettle and choose to do so in
>uniform, I will heartily defend their right to do so.
Doug, I can certainly sympathize with WHY you want to support the Salvation
Army. It's not that I'm saying the Salvation Army is bad (certainly not!).
I'm just questioning the representation issue of Scouts in uniform
supporting money-making schemes for other organizations. I don't think
we'd allow a uniformed Scout to go to Wal-Mart and try to sell something.
There's a difference, you say? Yes, I agree, but WHAT is the difference
and does the BSA agree?
Again, I'm just questioning the representation issue.
Yours in Scouting,
NCS Program Director, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
~ I'll always be an Eagle Scout! ~
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City