Re: The wearing of jewelry
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 18:41:47 -0500
At 9:58 AM 09/26/97, Pete Thornton wrote:
> I think you have missed the bubble somewhere in your training.
>Image is not everything, It is only a small part.
It seems Pete's training was lacking something as well. By wearing the BSA
Uniform, you are legally representing the BSA. This is why the uniform is
not worn during fund raiser sales... wearing the uniform consitutes
endorcement of the product being sold, and the BSA does not want to share
liability of the fund raiser product. The BSA has an image to maintain.
Now, should any jewelry detract from the scout uniform as to be seen as
demeaning to the BSA by any of the public (and it seems it does by the
objections so far), then the jewelry has gone too far as to be outside the
BSA contract of the code of conduct. The code of conduct requires that the
uniform be neatly and properly worn, insignia according to the guidelines,
and the person be clean and well-groomed. Misrepresentation of the BSA is
a serious offense to the BSA. The BSA has an image to maintain.
IMAGE HAPPENS TO BE EVERYTHING. This includes pride in uniform and
squeekly-clean behavior when in front of the public. If a everyday nobody
"Joe" commits a felony, the media does not report anything unless that
person is related in some way to the Boy Scouts. No other youth group is
under the media microscope as much as the BSA. Scandels sells and media
will hype any dirt to make money. (EX: Scoutmaster arrested for rape...
Eagle Scout DWI,...) If there was no BSA relationship, then there would be
no story. Uniform means consistancy and the wearing of the BSA Uniform
legally binds a person to maintaining a proper image. Again, what is being
perceived by the public by scouts and/or leaders displaying big gaudy
dangling ear rings, painted finger nails, and pony tails/braids? The BSA
has an image to maintain.
A small stud ear ring does not detract from the Scout Uniform. A few of my
scouts wear them, and I counsel many others from other troops who also
change into small studs when donning a scout uniform. Profanity,
vulgarity, body piercing and other gang signs/colors do not belong with the
scout uniform, and would incur the wrath of the BSA attorneys should it be
condoned by the troop. The BSA has an image to maintain.
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