Embarrassed by the uniform
Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 16:20:19 -0700
Bob and others:
There are some on this list who would classify my group as "loose troop."
I'll accept that. But a scout uniform is still part of what we do. If a
parent says they will pull their son because we "force" them to wear a
uniform, I will gently point out that we are not forcing anyone to do
anything. They can wear a uniform and be a part of the troop. They can
decide not to wear a uniform and they have then decided they don't want to
be a part of the troop. They have decided, not me.
In our troop our uniforms aren't "unform" but they are scout uniforms. Not
all the CSPs are the same, Not all the OA patches are the same. But they
are all Boy Scouts, committed to the same goals and the same ideals (SO, SL,
SS, SM). Some of the boys have earings, some have dyed hair, but they are
all Boy Scouts. And they do wear their uniforms.
If one of the boys doesn't wear a uniform, he gets some good natured
ribbing, and a quiet off to the side serious mention that he should have
next week. There is seldom a time that it happens twice in a row. Many of
the scouts arrive and depart with their uniform in their school bag.
One of my favorite activities is wearing my uniform where my son's
acquaintences will see me. Since he rarely acknowledges his scouting
activities to any but his closest peers, they then all ask him "Are you a
Boy Scout?" He usually responds positively and in their face "Yeah, don't I
look like one?" (He doesn't look like a Norman Rockwell Scout). "What of it?"
Scouting is a voluntary activity. In many places there are more than one
troop to choose from. People should find a treoop they are comfoirtable
with. But they will usually find that even the "Loose leaders" do have some
minimum standards and that usually includes uniforms.
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