Re: Jewelry in Uniform
The Wizard (wizard@CANISIUS.EDU)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 19:44:07 EDT
I agree with Jon, keeping the boys involved in Scouting is more important than
protecting the "old fashioned" notions of a bunch of fuddy-duddy old Scouters
who have lost touch with the times. This is as bad as those "old timers" who
insist that hazing was good for them so it must be good for today's Scouts!
I don't recall seeing anything on the uniform inspection sheets or in the
Scout Handbook that mentions anything about jewelery or piercings or *gasp*
tattoos for that matter being against any set policy.
Referring to yet another recent thread, this isn't the military! Scouts should
be allowed as much personal freedom as they can get without crossing into
safety issues. Do we demand that all Scouts have brush cuts? No! Is long
hair acceptable? Of course it is! Unless it is a greasy, stringy mess, in
which case it fails the CLEAN portion of the Scout law but even those with
short hair can lose on that one.
Safety is my only concern and that is the only time I even bring up such things
as pierced earings. I think a dangling earing is a *bad* idea for a camping
trip, having seen someone get their earing caught on something and RIPPED out
of their ear once before. So, instead of banning them, I suggest that a Scout
so inclined either leave them at home or at least wear something suitable for
the environment they will find themselves in. Not making a big deal out of it
and treating them with some respect and giving them the power to make up their
own minds about the issue goes much farther towards Troop cohesion than
reactionary eddicts about what is and is not acceptable.
For the record, I personally have no piercings or tattoos and I am 35 years
old myself. Unlike some Scouters who seems to have forgotten their own
childhoods and how much they hated arbitrary rules which only caused them
to rebel further, I use those memories as a base for how I treat our Scouts.
ASM, Troop 108
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City