Class B, Class C
Dan O'Canna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Wed, 23 Sep 1998 09:29:05 -0400
True, there is no official Class A, B or C uniform, but there is
a common usage of the terms. Around these parts Class A is the
tan shirt and Scout pants combo. Class B is a Scouting related
t-shirt and Scout pants. Class C is not commonly mentioned.
My first exposure to the term was at the 1993 Jamboree. Following
a toad-strangling downpour Louise Mandrell performed for 35,000+
Scouts and Scouters. As I remember it, she mentioned that as she
toured the Jambo earlier in the day she saw Scouts in different
uniforms and asked about the different types of dress. She was
told the boys in full uniform were wearing "Class A". The
guys at the action events in t-shirts were wearing "Class B".
When she asked what the boys sliding on their bellies, head first
down a big mud hill were wearing she was informed:
"Oh, that's Class C!" ;-)
I agree that Scouting is a non-military organization, and that
military trappings have no place in the program. The terms are
so widely used and understood, though, that they are part of
the terminology of Scouting. Whether I like it or not.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City