Re: Embarassed to wear the Scout Uniform? (was: Re: Boy Scout
Wed, 8 Apr 1998 09:55:27 EDT
In a message dated 98-04-08, Larry Faust was pondering why kids don't like
wearing the uniform and various reasons why it seems uncool. In part, he
>Historically, it appears to me that the appeal of Scouting was that, TO
>AN OUTSIDER, it stood for something not quite acceptable to society-
>something rebellious, something different- at the time (wearing uniforms,
>camping when there are perfectly good houses, cooking for yourself, caring
>for and helping others, self-sufficiency, taking responsibility, etc.).
>Youth latched onto Scouting in an effort to "stand apart from mainstream
>society" & learned things along the way (remember, a game with a purpose?)
Two ideas here grabbed me as perhaps something that is associated with Scouts
that many among today's youth don't seem to find cool:
<< self-sufficiency, taking responsibility, >>
As a youth and as an adult, I take great pride in being able to claim both of
the above. The whole "slacker" attitude of the past ten years or more,
however, seems to value just the opposite.
I'm not saying we should mirror that in order to be "cool", just that NOT
being perceived as cool is not always a bad thing.
Just a thought...
Cubmaster & Webelos ADL
BSA Pack 83, Ft. Worth, TX
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