Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Scouts in ads
Re: Scouts in ads
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 11:42:33 -0800
We have a local school super- who was rumored to have called scouting a
square peg in a round hole.(he really does support scouitng in the council
After some thought maybe he,s right.
Consider the uniform as a case in point.
Our present uniform mimes the military (call it as I see it) with epaulets,
tan color ,
badges (highly embrodiered) of office etc, etc.
Not that miming the military is bad and maybe its just palin practical.
Baden Powell commented on that by observing when boys are left alone to
function in scouiting (or similar endeavor) that a uniform will evolve(
just look at sports or the gangs of east LA) (today we fight the camo
problem nespas?) It may be simple or complex but it will out.
There were days when a simple green shirt with a simple green bar sufficed
to annopunce to the world (or those who needed to know) who we were. Even
symbols of rank were modest.
Today , a first class scout dressed to the nines and some adult leaders
(me included) resemble some bannana republic general ready for coup D
tat....(Say it isnt so)
Even the simple beads of woodbadge have been bolstered by the turkshead
knot (or woogle) and mcclaren kerchief
Many of our scouting programs resemble a school lesson plan and they are
executted in the same manner as a day in school (And the kids see right
Before I get the collective wisdoms of the list in response to this rant
(sorry) I mean this only in the broadest of generalzations (but witnessed
every month in executing my scout duties) and not meant to attack or single
out the well meaning of every single person in modern day scouting.
This is our watch.
What are we going to do about it?
Just one mans opinion
Commissioner and Partime Owl
> <Ed Thompson wrote>
> While I understand the need for BSA (and I assume GSUSA) to protect its
> corporate image, I personally like the idea of seeing scouts in uniform