Scouting IS Fashion
David F. Delman (71155.2447@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:45:53 EST
Subject: Good press for the BSA
In an age and society where the BSA is sometimes under attack, it's nice to
read something that makes us, even indirectly, look good -- especially if
it's in an unlikely place. I found the following gem in the March 1997
issue of GQ, which shows that Scouting is still "in fashion."
Read the following piece, and if you read it with the right frame of mind
and a little bit in-between the lines, you'll see that they're really
paying us some compliments in an off-hand way.
"Elements of Style (edited by Scott Omelianuk)", pg 79:
"Cloth belts, you're thinking. What the hell is elementally stylish
about that? Nothing, friend. And neither is there anything stylish about
the United States Army or the Boy Scouts of America. No, nothing special
about those organizations, which require their members to, among other
things, make such a simple and sturdy belt part of their uniform. To keep
their pants up -- pants like like the civillian version of millitary-style
clothing now popular -- in a perfectly utilitarian way. Nothing special
about the men who wore those pants, either: Ted Williams and Collin Powell,
Jim Lovell and Steven Spielberg. Just men who were soldiers and scouts.
Just men who did some things. Things like hit .400 or shatter prejudices;
things like guide the broken bucket of Apollo 13 safely home from space or
make a movie just as perfect as 'Jaws.' Just men who had one thing in
common: the brass-buckled cotton web belt. (What? You thought it was boot
camp or the Bee Keeping merit badge that made them what they are?)"
(Reprinted entirely without permission from GQ).
Although it's trying to promote a fashion trend, it's also showing that
great men today had their start in an organization like Scouting. Pretty
It's also interesting to note that most men's fashion magazines have shown
over the past few months that major designers like Donna Karan, Calvin
Klein, and Hugo Boss have all produced clothing lines in khaki, with
scout/military-style shirts and pants. Next time someone tells you our
uniforms are unstylish, have them check out a fashion show :)
Now if we could only get Supply Division to outsource to Eddie Bauer... ;)
Yours, fashionably, in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City