Re: Honor/Color Guard
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 20:44:00 -0500
Hi Larry!! Glad you're here!! I've deleted some of your posting in the
interest only of space:
>I need a little help. One of my ticket items was to help the boys start a
>real, live Honor Guard or Color Guard. They would be responsible for
>knowing and teaching facts, history and proper flag care and >presentation.
They would also be available for city council meetings, flag >retirement
ceremonies, school functions, parades...etc.
Ooohhh....be *very careful* with this, Larry. As you know, Boy Scouting
and Girl Scouting are apolitical in it's performance. Be careful and make
sure to coordinate your Honor/Color Guard's appearances through the local
Council. Calling them three hours beforehand is NOT enough.....all
it takes is *one* instance of the local newspaper or TV station getting
Scouts in full uniform parading down before or after some *other*
contraversial organization (local or national), and "Scouts Support...."
appear in the paper or as the "teaser" for the local newscast the following
> The scouts volunteering for this duty would like to know if it is
>acceptable to wear shoulder cords and red berets as additions to the
>uniform only when they are acting as the Honor/Color Guard?
Red berets, as the kind that the BSA issued out back in the middle 70s, yeah
sure (if you can find them or copies of them); shoulder cords, nope.
Scouts can wear a special "Musician" badge of office but that wouldn't apply
to your Scouts. Why no shoulder cords??? Because the BSA's
Uniform policies says so. You can't wear anything that the BSA or the local
Council hasn't approved in connection with a national program.
Now, if you can win your Scout Executive over wearing white or black
shoulder cords, what you CAN do is this: take the Cub Scout Denner or
Assistant Denner cords (I did this with an Assistant Denner cord - the
Denner cords are two strands of yellow cord; the Assistant Denner has only
one strand), put them in a bucket, add two cups of Clorox bleach and ten
cups of water, and wait about ten to fifteen minutes (don't wait too
long.....after about fourty minutes, the strands start turning to mush!).
The strands will lose their deep yellow color and turn white. Dry it and
you have "Color Guard cords". Now, again MAKE SURE that you clear the
wearing of those "new cords" with your Council Scout Executive...nothing
scares them more than seeing Scouts or Scouters with stuff and his or her
boss is asking him "What's that?" only to hear coming out of their voices "I
> Also, I had planned on contacting the local VFW chapter to see if they
>could help the scouts in their quest. Hopefully we have some potential in
>helping the community and help the scouts grow as patriots.
You could perhaps invite the VFW Post into establishing an Explorer Post
which would be developed to do just those kinds of things....in that way,
your Post members can develop their *own uniform* to wear in addition to the
standard BSA uniform. By having their own "period uniform", it gives them
pride in *ownership*, takes the BSA as a corporate entity out of the
picture, and most of all allows your community to take pride in a special
Color/Honor Guard composed of not just "Scouts" but perhaps *others*
interested in demonstrating their pride of community and nation to others.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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