Re: Uniforms on Board of Review members?
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 10:57:17 -0500
> From: Thomas W. Strong Jr. <strong@DEMENTIA.ORG>
> Date: Tuesday, December 02, 1997 10:28 AM
> While that may be correct for an Eagle Scout BOR, for other ranks the
> board is composed of 3-6 members of the troop committee. There are no
> "outside" members on the other boards. According to the advancement
> book, everyone on a BOR is registered as either a Member of the
> or as the Committee Chairman, so everyone does have a uniformed
> position. (all of this changes for an Eagle Scout, but that's not what
> we're discussing here)
I agree with Chuck on this one. I absolutely agree that the ONLY people
allowed to sit on a BOR (other than Eagle) are members of the unit
committee. However, I do NOT agree that they are uniformed leaders. They
hold a position which entitles them to wear a uniform, and for which there
is a patch, but that is quite different from being a uniformed leader
where they are EXPECTED to be in uniform. There are position patches for
District Committee and Council Committee as well, but in many
districts/councils these committees are recruited from community leaders
who have no direct contact with Scouting other than sitting on the
committee. Certainly nobody tells the CEO of a major or minor corporation
that in order to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization he has to
get and wear a uniform.
Thus, it is clear to me that there is no requirement that a member of the
troop committee even own a uniform. Thus, what is really being suggested
is that only those members of the committee willing to obtain and wear the
uniform may sit on boards. Most committees don't have the luxury of
having enough members that they can afford to exclude some or most of them
from one of the most important functions the committee performs.
So now the question is whether having contact with the youth at a board is
sufficient to warrant wearing a uniform. I don't think so. I also agree
with Chuck that having the committee in uniform implies that they are part
of the "adult leadership" of the troop, in an operating sense. I do not
believe they are. Thus, I see no need for committee members at boards to
be in uniform.
> If the boy attending the review is expected to be in uniform, as is the
> SM and assistants (to set the proper example, etc.) shouldn't the rest
> the adult leaders also set the same example?
The committee members should be appropriately dressed for the position
THEY hold in Scouting, which, as I said IS NOT a uniformed position, but
rather one where they are entitled, but not required, to wear a uniform.
Thus, they should be neat and clean.
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Founders District, Queens Council, NY
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