Michael R. Trotochaud (powell@APICAL.COM)
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 14:03:38 -0500
Has BSA considered either creating a field uniform or changing the
uniform so that it is more practical? The present uniform is nice for
ceremonies, yet it is not practical in the field. One of the
difficulties that units in my area have is that scouts don't always
want to wear their uniforms on outings.
Part of the reason for this is that not many people want to go out and
hike through the mud in a $40-50 pair of pants. The other reason is
that there are so many sporting goods companies now that they can buy
better equipment at a lower price.
I realize that we are not a paramilitary organization, but when the BSA
was first founded it encouraged the scouts to wear military surplus
because it was available, durable and the pattern for which ours were
There are scouts in my unit that wear fatigue pants, and speaking for
myself they're great. There is nothing like having six large pockets
and a pair of pants made out of a ripstop material. When wet they dry
quickly, and they take a lot of abuse.
After I wore out my first pair of scout pants, I bought a second pair
of pants strictly for ceremonies.
Michael R. Trotochaud
Eagle Class of '90
East Haddam, Conn.
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