Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Sat, 27 Sep 1997 22:52:43 -0400
On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, David F. Delman wrote:
> Even if I don't personally mind a boy wearing a "dog collar"
> or even enjoy it as a break in life, it causes too many problems
> with other adults throughout scouting and with US military and
> government people that continually help us in scouting. I want
> my troop and your troop to be respected by these individuals when
> they see you or you decide to visit their installations at almost
> no cost.
My basic reponce to people that have problems and hangups is not
normally fit for a public forum :) ... Basically who cares comes to mind.
> I won't give the full instance but I will say that a major military
> installation had a major FIT when one of our lads wore won of these
> collars on their base. Good and polite kid.
> WHAT!! a response including a letter to National.
> Not fun for me, us, or our Council.
Again who cares? The BSA is not a branch of the military. Therefor we
are not subject to the various rules and regs that the military likes to
follow to the letter (Or close to it at least ... commanders perogative
comes into play a bit). Sounds to me like someone on that base/post needs
a quick reminder of how teens act and express themselves.
> If we read the "Insignia Guide" we see no place for bones through
> the nose in terms of official wearing technique albeit they might
> be great to grab when a boy gets out of line. Collars are OK too
> for putting a chain through and yanking a boy back on task, earing
> to pull off a ear lobe or yank on when needing a bit more attention,
> beaded necklaces to catch and choke by a peer.
> Sorry for the aside I couldn't resist the fun images.
Thing is, there is nothing in the guide specifically prohibiting the
wearing of earrings either is there?
> Again, I personally don't mind except for safety but I as you are small
> fish. If we read in the Paper tomorrow "Boy Scout Troop 242 breaks
> with tradition and allows bones in the nose" What's next". What would
> our guy in Chicago fighting an atheist who wants to break scouting by
> having his son join and not say the Scout Oath think of T-242 or us.
This is a touchy subject in my opinion and I won't take up 10 pages of
text here :)
> One final note, however you go. Thank your scouts for the petition
> as a method of exercising democracy in practice and encourage them to
> do it again and again.
"Thanks for your petition, but you see this is not actually a youth run
organization you see, sorry. But be sure to try again."
Hrm... not a pretty picture is it?
Jeff Claggett Willmington Island, GA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City