scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Hats inside of "buildings"
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Tue Nov 02 1999 - 07:23:37 CST
Dave Beaver writes:
>I expressly teach my Scouts to never
>respect a man who wears a hat inside anything. Yes, this even includes
>a tent or a tarp.
I question the idea of teaching scouts "to never respect" anything,
especially something as trivial as removing one's hat. I had a friend who
had lost all his hair with Chemotherapy and felt more comfortable with a hat.
There are several religions that dictate a covered head when inside. Sikh
men are required to cover their heads at all times. If more Christian
Scouters were aware of this they might not start of prayers at events with
"Please remove your hats." I encourage you to teach understanding and
tolerance to your scouts.
As for hats on or off at non religious events indoor, I think it's a rather
dated custom. There was a time when almost all men wore hats and there were
many protocols that went along with it, such as tipping your hat when you
pass a lady. Most places had hat racks and hat rooms to check your hat.
Chris in Houston