Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Eagle medal - common sense
Eagle medal - common sense
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 01:02:35 -0500
I've been off line for a most of the week and appreciated Mike Walton's
overview and then saw Sarah Nunez listing of chapter and verse, then Neil's
common sense comment. No offense to Sarah but citing chapter and verse on
something like this issue approaches the old uniform police issue. Neil
hit the "angel pin" on the head. Let's kick a little common sense in here.
Why do we have uniform regulations? Simple answer is so that we have some
consistency and look like an organization that is the same across the
But we all know variants creep into the mix. The common sense? If it's a
Scout item, why kick about it? An adult proudly wearing the highest award
in Scouting sets a wonderful example for the young Scouts to know that
there is pride in Scouting accomplishment.
The other common sense? If it's not a Scout item - such as a military
medal from some other country the kid bought in a flea market - then no, it
does not belong on the uniform. (Don't get a thread started on military
medals, that's not the point, just an example I've seen kids wear on coats.)
Let's focus our efforts on the kids, on good program, good fundamental
uniforming, proper wearing of standard advancement badges and tell the the
nitpickers to lay off the guys who have a reason to be proud.
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159
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