The O'Briens (obie6@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 10:37:47 -0500
> Last week I saw a Scout at a Merit Badge Fair that made me become an
immediate advocate for full uniforms. This young man was dressed in big,
baggy, hang over your shoes and drag the ground jeans; with his Scout shirt
untucked hanging out over his jeans; and a Notre Dame baseball cap on
backwards. His leader called him up on stage to conduct the flag ceremony
dressed like that in front of perhaps 200-300 young Scouts. This same
leader then arranged for him to be in severalphotos being taken by the
local media. I was embarassed he was representing the Boy Scouts of
America that day. I instantly adopted the "no jeans" attitude at 8:15am
I think most of us would have about the same reaction, at least at first.
However, the same boy could have worn his "official uniform" pants the same
way, with the same lack of attention to appearance. Is the problem the
pants (I don't think anyone's ever advocated alternative hat options!) or
how they were worn?
Also, do you think the leader might have had a hidden agenda - hoping to
help the Scout realize how he appeared in contrast (I hope) to the other
In spite of that, I don't think it was appropriate for the leader to have
involved the ununiformed Scout a he did, in a flag ceremony and in
photo-ops. It is detrimental to Scouting as a whole and disrespectful to
the other boys who wore their uniforms correctly and with pride.
My opinion (and my $.02 - why don't these keyboards have a "cents" sign?
My old typewriter did!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City