Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Rod Smith (owlelope@BRIGHT.NET)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 21:09:20 -0400
Our troop just did basically the same thing. The situation was that while
on our way to Philmont another troop came in where we were staying with a
crew chief with blue hair and several boys with toe nail and finger nail
polish on. While I was out picking up another leader at the airport, three
of my boys decide that they wanted their toe nails and finger nails
polished. The other two leaders told them to take it off before I got back.
One boy did not and we had words to the effect that it came off or he was
headed home. He did take it off, but him and his parents caused a real riff
when they got home and put me on the spot about my bias about painted nails.
I do have a couple boys that wear earrings.
Well what it all boiled down to was that we made a rule that a boy could not
come to the Scout meeting unless he had a Class A or B uniform on and that
jewelry(earrings, chains, etc.), non normal colored hair and nail polish
were not appropriate with the Scout uniform. It is unfortunate that we
couldn't just use the Scout oath and law as direction for personal
appearance, but a lot of the scouts of today don't have the same
interpretation of what these mean or what appropriate appearance is when you
are in uniform.
We have had the policy in effect for 3 weeks and haven't had to much of a
problem. Hopefully it will tone down and we won't have to worry about it.
At 08:41 PM 9/22/1997 -0400, you wrote:
>Our Troop Committee recently established a policy that prohibits Scouts
>from wearing "visible" jewelry with Class A or Class B uniforms. The
>policy was recommended by an assistant scoutmaster and overwhelmingly
>adopted by the Committe after a few scouts started wearing earings and
>LARGE beaded necklaces.
>At the last meeting, one of our senior scouts passed around a petition
>recommending that the policy be overturned with the intention of bringing
>it to the commitee for reconsideration (the petition was obviously written
>by one of his parents).
>Does anyone know if BSA national has a policy regarding jewelry in uniform?
> Does anyone have a "no jewelry" policy in their troop and, if so, what is
>the basis for such a policy.
>Your thoughts on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
>Scoutmaster, Troop 242
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