Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 13:15:20 MDT
From: John Tudor <tudorj@WP.CC.NC.US>
> What will be next for the scouts, pierced eyebrows, noses, lips, tongues???
> Scouting has to draw the line somewhere, or completely lose control. I
> think this is a good place to draw the line...
How about if the boy dies his hair purple? Do you forbid them to come
to meetings like that? What about female leaders who wear earrings?
Rings (class rings, wedding rings, etc) are not specifically part of
the uniform, nor are watches, nor are glasses.
I think you need to have a more defined standard for drawing the line;
I don't think personal preference is really appropriate. You might
think that pierced eyebrows, purple hair, etc looks really bad, but
others might like the way it looks.
I would set the standard based on whether it violates scout principles
or creates safety problems. I would ban items that suggest,
encourage, depict, etc, violations of Cleanliness (eg: pornography, drugs
(inc alcohol and tobacco)). Also for safety reasons there might be
activities where earrings are inappropriate (when they might get
caught in something). For that matter, the neckerchief and WB beads
mentioned in an earlier post would be inappropriate if the task at
hand was working with a lathe.
Beyond that, I would not set forth any strict policy. I would remind
scouts that they are representing scouting when in uniform, and that
their entire appearance should represent that (even having shirts
tucked in). I would rather keep the earrings/noserings/whatnot then
to lose the boys.
Jon (who has no desire to put any holes in him that God didn't make)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City