Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 23:43:23 -0700
It was said ..." In most cases the boy with the earring may be your best top
Scout, but that isn't the impression that most get when seeing him. It isn't
fair that the whole troop be judged as a "loose" troop because of a few boys
appearance but it happens. Troops should try there best to avoid that happening
by eliminating the possibility."
And also said " Scouting has to draw the line somewhere, ..."
Why does Scouting have to draw the line somewhere? Don't we already draw it
by establishing the uniform? We have many women who wear the scouting
uniform and most of them wear earings. This is not the military, as we have
discussed in another recent thread.
And furthermore, what's wrong with being a "loose troop"? Are the boys
running the program, and don't they want to keep things loose. I was proud
of my SPL this summer when he sewed his SPL patch to his bathrobe, which he
wore to the morning assembly and announced we were all present. I did have
to chastise him though when he succumbed to the peer pressure of the other
SPLs and he saluted the program director after his report.
Its bad enough that people want to make scouting like school. But please
don't make it like the military. Take the time to read what the official
publications say about uniforming. We wear them not because we hold any
illusions that we will all look "uniform." We wear them, for among other
reasons, to help us recognize each other and our "unform" committment to
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