Re: Embarrassed of Uniform
Kim B. Hannemann (Khannemann@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:02:50 -0400
Our friend Russ said,
>whether a laissez-faire attitude toward the wearing of the uniform may, in
>reality, be encouraging our young people to believe that they need observe
>only those practices and conventions with which they agree.
I personally observe "only those practices and conventions with which I
agree," and I would hope everyone does. It is more important to teach the
Scouts to THINK about the practices and conventions so they understand
their purpose (or lack thereof, or silliness), than to teach them to
blindly accept everything they see or are told, without question.
Later Russ said,
>Gently but consistently encouraging them
>toward wearing the complete uniform
Fine. Consistency and gentle persuasion is a good way to do it, along with
setting the example.
But then Russ said,
>provides plenty of character-building
>opportunities for them
Character-building is not the principal purpose of the uniform, IMHO. If
so, we'd make it REALLY ugly and uncomfortable! It lends itself more
towards the citizenship (member of a group, loyalty, etc.) aim.
>as well as leadership opportunities for the adult
BZZT! BZZT! FOR THE BOYS! FOR THE BOYS! Sorry, I overreacted here. But
while I've gotten a lot from Scouting as an adult personally, and Russ is
probably right, I don't think we can use this as a reason. Ever.
I agree with the uniform as a method, but not as a rule. I agree with
gentle and consistent encouragement, but I want the Scouts to make the
rules about wearing their uniform (it's their uniform, after all). I want
them to wear it because they are proud to, not because I said so.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City