Class A/B/C Note: (Re: summer camp uniforms)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sun, 18 May 1997 19:10:59 -0500
Martha Shaffer introduced herself and wrote what her unit does as far as
summer camp uniforming is concerned:
>Our adults follow the same rules as the boys for summer camp. The boys
>pack at least 2 class B shirts (min) and their Class A shirt. Both Adult
and >boy travel in their Class A tothe event with their class B underneath.
For those suffering for "scratchy-head syndrome" (and not because of the
Trivial Trivia questions....) here's a short reminder of the most COMMON
explainations (I know, I know.....some Councils use the "B" stuff as "C"
stuff, and there's even some "Class D" stuff out there....) about what
Martha was mentioning. You won't find this in a Scout Handbook, so this
becomes even MORE critical for our International audience:
Class A: COMPLETE FIELD UNIFORM, to include shoes and socks,
neckerchief (if unit has one), and hat (unit option). "COMPLETE FIELD
UNIFORM" can be short-sleeved shirt and shorts, long-sleeved shirt tucked up
at the sleeves and shorts, long-sleeved shirt and long pants (especially in
climates that don't lend themselves to warm weather gear
right away, like in most Northeastern and North Central states during the
first part of the mornings or in Alaska). The CAMP and/or unit determines
what should/will be "the Class A" uniform and this uniform, as Martha
stated, is the "dress uniform".
Class B: CAMP/UNIT/BSA "ISSUE" TEES or undergarments with the BSA logo,
worn with either short or long-legged pants, socks and shoes.
This for lots of years was also known as the "Camp uniform", because many
camps issued on the first day two or three camp teeshirts to each
participant and they wore that everywhere except for "dress uniform occasions".
The BSA came out in 1984 with a set of "field and activity uniforms" which
can be worn by Scouts and Scouters during camp or other outdoor activities.
What brought this about was the legit concerns of lots of parents in buying
a $60 field uniform with everything on it, only to have to
buy a $20 or $26 shirt within a year's time due to the constant "wear and
tear" caused by wearing it EVERYWHERE. The "activity uniform" consisted of
khahitan shorts with an elastic band, white socks, and either a red (for Boy
Scouts) or maroon (for Varsity Scouts) polo-type shirt with an embrordered
emblem and lettering over the left breast. These uniforms were NOT ALLOWED
to be "mixed" with the field uniforms, even though many Scouts and Scouters
felt the "activity uniforms" more confortable than the "official wear" (this
is where the "Class "D" stuff came from)
Class C: Casual wear for both Scout and Scouters, which usually meant a camp
or BSA official tee with jeans or chinos, shoes (socks optional). This was
the "wallow around" outfit, and in many units WAS the "camp uniform" for
camps other than District or Council events. The only thing wrong with
this, if indeed its wrong, is the fact that part of going on a BSA
campout with the unit was the wearing of the official uniform.....some units
took the wearing of the official uniform as a sign that "whenever we have it
on, we have to do things "official BSA" and when we don't, we can employ our
own rules and let it go at that...." Not smart thinking, there.
>The adult leaders are to show example not the opposite. If they "do as
>they please" so will the boys. I don't see to many examples of this where
Martha, there's a famous BSA saying: "The uniform of the adult in charge
becomes the uniform of the unit". I have personal experience in both ways
that proves this out. There was many times when I first started out as a
Scoutmaster that I felt unconfortable travelling over the campus in my Scout
shirt that I came to meetings in my jeans and a Scout teeshirt. After
about three or four weeks, my Scouts started showing up that way too...and
it took me a LONG TIME and lots of talking to convince them that "what I did
wasn't right....and EVERYONE needs to be in the official uniform". What
turned it around was a photo session with one of those
companies that come around and take pictures of little league ball teams.
They took photos of each of our Scouts and all of us together and it turned
out so well, that we didn't have a problem since then making sure that
everyone (including Mr. Scoutmaster!!) was in the correct uniform for the
When I later served as Scoutmaster of the Troop in Goeppingen, Germany, I
came to Troop meetings with my green Scout jac-shirt (actually its a
military woolen cold-weather shirt with BSA insignia in the places if it was
a BSA shirt...) and pretty soon, my Scouts started asking their fathers for
their woolen shirts (which was going to be turned in because the Army
doesn't use them much anymore) and within two campouts, I had a entire Troop
WITHOUT A WORD wearing the "green wool jackets" which was my high school's
Scouting "trademark" beforehand. Yeah, I was proud.
But it proved it without a doubt...whoever came up with that, knew what they
were talking about!!
Thanks for letting me piggyback on and explain the "ABCs" of camp
uniforming!! As always, your Council's mileage may vary.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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