Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 11:15:20 -0400
As far as I know, there is no official BSA policy on necklaces and ear
rings. I've seen both items worn by staff members (youth and adult) at
all three BSA high adventure bases and at recent summer camps.
Basically, our troop follows the standards established by the local
school system on jewelry.
Necklaces have never been a problem as the items of this type that our
boys have worn are necklaces made at summer camp or during crafts
Ear rings have been somewhat different and we discussed this during a
meeting of our Troop Committee three or four years ago. Several parents
wanted to implement a ban on ear rings. We discussed this for some time
and voted to allow boys to continue wearing them. The local school
system also allows this.
Currenly, only two of our eighty boys wear ear rings. The per centage
has been higher in the past. I remember our 1992 canoeing trip in
Minnesota when three of the five youth crew members had ear rings. I
told these boys (my son included) that the fish weren't biting because
they (the fish) were more interested in the ear rings.
Boys want to be accepted by their peers. In my opinion, if wearing an
ear ring or two is the worse thing a Scout does, then his parents and SM
are indeed very fortunate.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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