Re: Uniform thoughts
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:24:11 -0500
At 06:38 PM 10/26/97 -0500, Mark Wright wrote:
>So if we take BSA's guidance, we should wear only the uniform when
>camping? This is fast approaching the limits of most peoples' wallets!
>A full uniform costs, what, about $100.00? (I'm assuming a hat, shirt,
>trowsers, belt, socks, neckerchief.) Remember the little blurb about a
>Scout being clean? Would you have this boy wear the same clothes for
>the entire week of camp? No? OK, then, which ones would you do
>without? Remember, the handbook doesn't allow for what we
>euphamistically call "class b" uniform. How many uniforms would you
>have your scouts purchase in order to be clean?
>I think your reliance on "guidance" from the BSA handbook, in this case,
>is a little lacking.
I don't believe that what the Scout Handbook is telling us is that we
should wear our uniform continuosly for days at a time. Some interpretation
and a healthy dose of common sense is needed. Here's how we do it:
1) Uniforms are worn at all times while traveling to and from a Scouting
2) Uniforms are worn at appropriate times during Scouting events
(at summer camp, this means - to all campfires and ceremonies and every day
at the evening meal).
As for cleanliness, can a boy wear a uniform for 2-3 hours each day, over
the course of a week, and have it be "clean"? Not any of the boys I know!
That's why, when we go to summer camp, we bring along our "Northwoods
Maytag" ... a 5-gallon pail with a hole in the lid. A (purchased new, never
used for other purposes) toilet plunger is inserted into the pail, with
clothes, water and laundry soap, and the lid replaced with the plunger
handle sticking through the hole. Works great.
Advancement Chair, Boy Scout Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin
Cubmaster, Pack 379, Auburndale, Wisconsin
I used to be a "Singing" Eagle ... working my ticket C-8L-97
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