Re: New Insignia Guide
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Sat, 4 Oct 1997 22:02:05 -0500
Clayton brings up the _Scouting_ Magazine question again; basically,
"when will they "get it right""? :
>I'm something of a stickler for proper uniforming, and errors #1 and #2
>stood out immediately when I first saw the magazine. It's very
>interesting that "Scouting" printed that picture, and on its cover no
>less. Would it not make sense to have pictured Scouts, except in large
>group photos, follow national uniforming policies?
Yeah, it would. But the basic problem behind the photos that appear on the
cover and between the covers of _Scouting_ (and for that matter,
_Exploring_Journal_ and _Boys'_Life_) is that many times, the photos are
taken by photographers with NO CONNECTION to the BSA or have LITTLE CLUE as
to how the various uniforms should look. All they are are doing is
"illustrating" the stories and the cover.
So, this leads to "Okay, I can understand that....so why don't they have
someone to "take a look" at what the photographers take and if neccessary,
have them to reshoot the photos to "make it right". After all, a LOT of
Scouters --especially Commissioners -- will be seeing those photos each
month!" This creates problems of scheduling, and any delay moves back the
date of release of that issue. The editorial service of the BSA schedules
their stories out at least 14 to 18 months in advance, and any delay can
cause a great deal of grief...in addition to delaying issues that they do
get out in a more or less timely fashion.
So, they should have in their "entourage" someone that knows uniforming,
right? That's the responsibility of the UNIT and the LOCAL COUNCIL.
Whenever the BSA publication folks come to the local Council, there's
*already* a large entourage: two photographers, a reporter, sometimes two
if the story is large enough to merit two (Philmont or the Jamboree are two
immediate examples here), along with the Council professional staff (usually
the Council Executive and the field executive and his or her boss) and the
Area Director usually "hangs around" as well.
That's a LOT OF PEOPLE coming to a Troop meeting --- and that's ON TOP of
local media that gets invited (local newspapers, perhaps TV station folk and
their handlers) and the UNIT's OWN leadership and parents.
So, you can see that what looks like a "simple shoot" for an article about
how a unit went "from zero to 100 in a year", can easily become an
unmanagable "event" that begs the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Coach, Advisor, or
Skipper to merely say "Take your photos, get your quotes and move on!", with
very little time for "now let's fix your shirts now.....ooops, Jimmy, you
can't be in this...you're wearing two too many Quality Unit patches.
*yelling* ANYONE HAVE A UNIFORM WITH ONLY ONE QUALITY UNIT PATCH ON IT??"
Let's see...what else did I leave out??? Oh yeah....the "straphangers"
wanting to get "their two point five" in while they are interviewing the
unit leader or the Senior Patrol Leader.
So, at least they got the photo....we DO need to have them to work on the
"getting it right" stuff, but as I've wrote here about two years back when
this same issue came up, it *starts with us*, the unit leaders,
Commissioners and Council/District leaders.We need to insure that Scouts,
Cubs, Explorers and those adults that work with and for the are in the best,
correct, and current uniform as possible.
It starts with *us*, NOT with the Magazine Groups!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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