Re: What would you do (was Re: Quality award questions)
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:45:02 -0600
At 11:14 AM 11/12/97 -0500,Lou Ann Walker wrote:
I was at
>a PowWow a few weeks ago and was in a session with a woman scouter who had
>about 5 or 6 quality patches (different years!) strung down the sleeve of her
>shirt--so many that one was on the cuff!
I was just wondering,
>with your years of experience, what would you have done?
Not being a duly-sworn, badge-carrying member of the BSA Uniform Police, I
would not put myself in the position of causing a scene. Yes, it is "wrong"
according to the insignia guide, but is it really worth making a fuss over?
I think it is rude to walk up to a stranger and inform them of the errors in
their uniform. If it should happen to come up in conversation,on the other
hand, then I'm always willing to volunteer my interpretations of the rules.
If you really want to be helpful, volunteer to do a session on proper
uniforming at next year's Pow Wow. Bring the documentation and put up a big
display _outside_ of the room you are giving the session in. Make a game out
of it, what's wrong with this uniform and what's right about this one? Point
out all those pet peeves that Scouters often mess up on. Give prizes to
Scouters who don't have any insignia boo-boos. If you can't wait until the
next PowWow, volunteer to do a session at Roundtable. The main thing is, if
you set yourself up as an authority on the matter and are recognized as such
by the PowWow committee or Roundtable Commissioner (by inclusion in their
program) you are much less likely to alienate others.
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
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable
reason why so few engage in it." - Henry Ford
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