Re: The wearing of jewelry
Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 11:19:03 -0400
I really didn't want to continue this thread, but Mr. Schup's post was a
little too much for me. So much so that I read it several times,
looking for smileys, to make sure it wasn't tongue-in-cheek. If I've
missed your point, and that your post was meant to be sarcastic, then I
> From: H. Alan Schup[SMTP:aschup@WHY.NET]
> IMAGE HAPPENS TO BE EVERYTHING.
Here you make this statement in all caps so it's obviously important to
you. Image is everything???? What about leadership? What about older
boys training younger boys? What about outdoor skills, merit badges,
service projects? Are Eagle projects only for the purpose of
perpetuating an image? If everything the BSA stands for is to project
an image, than maybe we should re-evaluate what we're here for. Lord
B-P started a program to build boys into responsible men. The image
> This includes pride in uniform and
> squeekly-clean behavior when in front of the public. If a everyday
> "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
> under the media microscope as much as the BSA. Scandels sells and
> will hype any dirt to make money. (EX: Scoutmaster arrested for
> Eagle Scout DWI,...) If there was no BSA relationship, then there
> would be
> no story.
This "No BSA - No story" idea is baloney. I see reports every day of
murders, robberies, DWI, etc. and it's rare to see a BSA tag on them.
Most are average Joe's. Furthermore, this does not apply to the
question of wearing jewelry. Illegal activity is not condoned by any
member of the BSA. We don't prohibit it because it may tarnish our
image. We prohibit it because it's wrong.
> Uniform means consistancy and the wearing of the BSA Uniform
> legally binds a person to maintaining a proper image. Again, what is
> perceived by the public by scouts and/or leaders displaying big gaudy
> dangling ear rings, painted finger nails, and pony tails/braids? The
> has an image to maintain.
And who makes this judgment call on what is "proper"? You? I hope not.
I think it was the ponytail part that bothered me most here. I've got
one. I also have never used any illegal drugs (didn't bring it to my
lips, didn't inhale), I don't drink, I go to Church regularly, I've
never been arrested, and my waist measurement is about 11 inches smaller
than my chest. I guess I should cut my hair - wouldn't want people to
think less of me.
> 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.
We should be concentrating on our core values, our program, and the
goals of the BSA. Let the image follow that.
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City