Re: Embarressed by uniform.....NOT I
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 18:17:19 EDT
My oldest son wears nothign but Scouting and shirts with wolves (Lobo patrol
at NJLIC - whoever makes money off Wood Badge patrols doesn't know the market
they're missing with the kids). No one says anything. In fact, it was the only
way he was accepted at the new high school after we moved: when he showed up
at marching band after working at camp all summer (they'd been trying to get
him on the phone for a month by then). One day in a shirt labelled PHILMONT
was all it took.
Son #2 wasn't so big on the scouting t-shirts but may become more so now that
he'll get more of them. Especially if the Jamboree Jacket (colors? Who picked
those? I can spot him on the playground when I have my eyes closed.) I bought
him and the staff shirt I got him are any indication.
Funniest part is Mrs. P. wears them more than I do. And I just signed her up
as a Post committee member to get the numbers I needed. She looked at the
trips to PTC as a trip to the clothing store, I think.
And the 1 and 3 year olds both have more than their fair share of Philmont
shirts to wear already. The older I can understand, he was born while I was
there, the younger? No explanation.
To top it all off, we have to remember the story a year or two ago where
someone drove up to a man on a service project and handed him $20 for
Scouting. Plus the stories of checks cashed and freebies, to which I can add
most Dunkin' Donuts seem more than happy to hand me 4 free donuts when I stop
in and buy a dozen in uniform (as if I needed them). And once a cinamon roll
place doubled the order for a CC I had.
Of course there IS the other side. From the kidness of my heart I didn't say
or do anything when I was working in my church's education office in full
uniform on my laptop and every time the "christian" youth group walked by
setting up their fundraiser the same kid yelled "Boy Scouts sucks" and no one
did anything to stop him or correct him. I just hope it didn't turn out to be
the new Pastor's kid or something.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City