Re: What would you do (was Re: Quality award questions)
LouAnn Walker (LawRoots@AOL.COM)
Sat, 15 Nov 1997 01:33:31 -0500
In a message dated 97-11-14 03:49:50 EST, Mike Walton wrote:
<< suggest ways that
it can be worn instead of just confronting people head on saying "You can't
wear that there....it's against the rules!! Citizens Arrest!! Citizens'
Arrest!!" *hehehehehee* >>
I can just hear Gomer Pyle running after Barney on the old "Andy Griffith
Show" shouting "Citizens Arrest!" Thanks for the laugh today, Mike!
Seriously, though, last night as I was putting on my uniform to go to
Roundtable, I was fussing with my DL neckerchief and I thought "Why on Earth
am I so picky about my uniform?" Then it hit me like a ton of bricks: it's
because of my military background (USN). We had a XO (Executive Officer) who
was a real nut case (and I mean that literally, he was finally relieved of
his command) particularly about uniform inspections. He would actually bring
a ruler to inspections to measure insignia placement, length of hair, etc.
I've been out of the service for so long, I'd nearly forgotten how deeply
this affected me. I never realized that it was so ingrained. (The sound you
[don't] hear is the sound of my hand slapping my forehead.) Now I at least
understand why I grab the DL book and look up insignia placement every time
the boys in my den are awarded something new.
I will tell you that something good comes out of this obsession, however. At
the last pack meeting, some of the boys in our den were awarded the National
Summertime Award pins. I prepare a newsletter each month for our den and I
put a small article on the back page congratulating the boys in our den who
had received it. I figured that the parents probably wondered where to put
it on the uniform, so I mentioned how to wear it, and included a digitized
copy of the example from the guide. The assistant cubmaster's son happens to
be in our den, and a few weeks later at a committee meeting, he mentioned to
me that when he awarded the pins he had told the boys that they could only
wear these on their caps (I hadn't heard him say this) and when his son
brought home my newsletter he pulled out his DL guide to double check how to
wear it. "I was so surprised when I realized I'd made a mistake," he said.
"I need to announce a correction at our next pack meeting for the boys in
the other dens." Its a small thing, and one that many of you don't feel we
should pay much attention to, but at least I know that I've helped our pack
avoid giving the scouts the wrong information about wearing at least one pin!
Lou Ann Walker
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City