Re: Embarrassed to wear the Scout Uniform?
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 12:27:53 -0500
At 01:42 PM 4/9/98 -0400, Marc Godbout wrote:
(lots of stuff I agree with--MWA)
>Another problem with the uniform is the patches. I think the boys are
>proud, deep down inside, to receive advancement and merit badge patches,
>but I don't think it's cool to *want* to receive patches, at least at
>the 7th or 8th grade and above. An example: When kids are young,
>kindergarten to maybe 3rd grade or so, teachers give out little stickers
>like stars for doing something good. Kids love to wear their stars and
>show them off. Can you see a freshman in high school even accepting a
>star sticker, let alone wearing one?
Being in a public library in a small city I see lots of MS & HS students
from ours & surrounding towns. And what do some of the boys wear? Letter
jackets with lots of jangling medals. Of course, they want recognition, and
visible (audible?) recognition. But sports is "cool" and Scouts isn't.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
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