Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Our experience with BDUs
Re: Our experience with BDUs
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 09:26:53 EST
In a message dated 2/27/99 6:01:01 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 11:18:58 -0600
> From: barry_c_runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV
> Subject: Our experience with BDUs
> Hi All
> I didn't think I would send this post but our experience with the OD BDUs
> has been interesting.
Thank you for being so articulate and rational. I have saved your post for
future reference in discussions in our District and Council.
My preference is the OD Ripstop BDU's which my older son and former Scout
introduced to me. The are light, durable, comfortable, adjustable to my
weight fluctuations, have lots of storage space (essential when camping), and
dry easily. They are so much more practical and economical than the current
Scout pants that it is a question of Thrifty and Clean vs. Obedient and
Cheerful. My Loyalty to Scouting however obligates me to Courteously tell
anyone and everyone in Scouting in a Friendly way that the current Official
Scout Pants preference is impractical and not a wise recommendation for Scouts
and Scouters who enjoy camping.
I will give you one reservation. Our Troop allows OD BDUs, but NOT camouflage
of any type. While the OD is boring enough to complement its practicality,
camouflage seems to do something to a teenagers (and probably and adults')
hormones and gets them too aggressive and willing to take risks. I suspect
your Districts' reservations about camouflage are probably well founded.
While they have added Cargo pockets to the newer Scout pants, I am still
surprised that BSA has not recognized that a more modern material and design
is needed for people who go camping, and that the current pants need to go the
way of the canvas backpack.
Troop 555, Alcovy District, NE GA Council
... still a balding Beaver.