Steve Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:11:08 +0000
At 09:00 PM 10/27/97 -0500, you wrote:
> To the best of my knowledge, Scouting is not a paramilitary
>organization. If I'm right about this, any comparison to the military,
>regardless of which branch, are totally misplaced and only used to make a
> I believe that our focus should be on what's inside the boy
>rather than what's on him. A certain degree of uniformity (sorry for the
>pun) is desirable and, yes perhaps, required. Requiring full dress
>uniform for every event is, again IMHO, transforming the Boy Scouts into
>a paramilitary organization which is far from where it should be.
> My thoughts, for what they're worth.
I always disagree with folks when they make the point that wearing a
uniform in an organization makes it a 'paramilitary' organization. I
took a look around this morning to see what kind of uniforms were in
use around me. Well, lets see...here is the UPS driver and the mailman.
Went to church and saw the priest and ministers in their 'uniforms'.
Went to the hospital and saw the doctors and nurses in uniform. Later
I drove my son to school and saw the band and even the school kids
(catholic school) in uniform. Hmmm...nothing paramilitary here. Well,
lets go shopping now. Here are the MacDonalds and Wendy's folks in
uniform and look...here are the city workers and gas man in uniform.
Well, by golly, either there are a whole lot of paramilitary folks
around here or maybe the analogy of uniform equating to paramiltary is
The point is this. If the boys take pride in their unit, their
and in scouting they will take pride in their uniform. I've seen some
pretty poor kids come up with complete uniforms when the started
achieving and taking pride in what they were doing.
I used to be part of the 'let em wear jeans' crowd but I noticed that
when the troop became the boys troop they began to set their
own standards and began to show their pride. People will perform to
the expectations you place upon them. But you gotta lead them to
the expectations...you cannot impose them.
Steve in Newark
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