AL DEBENEDETTO (alcjjj@CLASSIC.MSN.COM)
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 16:05:06 UT
After reading your post regarding uniforms, I _need_ to respond.
Yes, in sporting events, in most all cases, the child is in full uniform. I
have seen chilren play basketball, for example, in our town's rec league
without their uniform shirt on. Yes, he did look out of place, but without
the shirt on was he still part of the team and allowed to play? Yes. Last
week at my son's soccer game, one of his teammates had on black soccer sox
instead of the uniform red. The ref told him he needed to have on red ones
but still did allow him to play. This week he will play with red.
Significant? Yes, because the other team had black sox on and this could be
confusing to both teams players as they may only be looking at sox while
looking down at the ball.
In both these instances were these boys only playing by half the rules? No
they still played by the rules set out in each game.
So is a child taught to only believe in half the Scout Law or half the Scout
Oath because they are only wearing "half the uniform"? Please. If a boy
walked into a room wearing any one piece of the scouting uniform (and this is
not what I am suggesting, just making a point), and you had to pick out the
scout from a group of boys, it could easily be done. The hat, neckerchief,
shirt, belt, pants, sox each and every piece is a significant part of the
uniform, but individually do they loose their significance? No. I get tired
of people saying that if a boy wears less than, their definition of a "full
uniform" then the boys are not getting a quality program or do not have a
Only being in Scouting for a few short years, I have learned through my sons
and my Cub Scouts in my den that Scouting is a way of thinking. When the
young men in my Bear Den move on to Boy Scouting, I hope to have taught them
the ideals of being a considerate, compassionate, generous human being. To
think of the other person's feelings, to help others who need our help, to
learn more about and appreciate nature and all that we have in it, and to not
judge a book by its cover. Yes, I get excited when I am out of town and see a
boy in any part of the Scouting uniform. I think of my own sons going through
the program and my kindergardener who will start next year. What a wonderful
program Scouting is.
So in answer to your question. "Is it really alright?" to wear only "half
the uniform" (ie. not uniform pants)? Yes. Just don't teach the boys half
Den Leader, Advance Chair
Knox Trail Council, MA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City