Re: Eagle BOR Appearance
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 21:35:17 -0500
Michael A. Golrick wrote:
> So would someone either with the inspection sheet or Insignia Guide handy
> quote what it says about shoes?
Ooooh, another uniform question.
I don't have an inspection sheet handy (do they still print them?)
so I madly scramble for my Insignia Guide and start frantically
searching for something about " shoes". Nothing, nada, zip, bupkis.
Then it hits me........the Insignia guide doesn't even describe an
official uniform. I don't expect anyone to believe that and you
shouldn't because this is the Internet and what you should do if you are
looking for a reference and not just an opinion is call you Council
office or better still, get your own copy of the Insignia Guide
So anyway, now I'm really intrigued so I go back to the Insignaia Guide
and it says: "The official uniforms authorized as evidence of official
relationship to the Boy Scouts of America shall be those approved by
action of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America from time to
time, as illustrated and correctly described in the handbooks, catalogs,
and other official publications of the Boy Scouts of America"
Now what? Another generalization and potential escape clause - no
definitive answers here.
So now I'm really concerned. I scramble about the office looking for a
Boy Scout Handbook and all I have handy is a 1959 printing. That won't
Then I find it........ a genuine and complete "Boy Scouts of America
1997 Official Catalog". I feel much better - an *Official* catalog. So
I search the "Official Catalog" cover to cover looking for "illustrated
and correctly described" shoes. None, strike-out, zero. Lots of stuff
about official and optional socks but, no official shoes.
Interestingly enough, there are lots of pictures of youths and adults
in uniform and, they are all wearing shoes including (GULP) sneakers.
But don't take my word for it; check out the picture on page BS1.
(Remember, this is the Internet; demand a reference; do your research.)
Now, I remember Official Boy Scout Shoes. They existed. I think they
were made by the same company that made Buster Brown Shoes.
So here's the challenge. I would really like for someone (other than me
) to go to any current handbook, look up and then post, a reference
(edition and page number) to what type of shoes should be worm with the
uniform or to a Board of Review. I'll even accept a reference to an
official BSA publication (number and page please) stating which shoes
should not be worn with the uniform.
As an additional incentive, here's a trivia question: What company
manufactured the Official Boy Scout shoe soles? I've already given a
hint. The first to post the correct answer will receive a shiny new
Colonial Virginia Council CSP from me via UPS.
Resident List Cynic and
Advisor Post 486
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City