scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: hats in buildings
Mon Mar 06 2000 - 10:14:09 CST
<< 1. whats the official, if any protocol governing the wearing of hats in
1. for people in uniforms, like Scouts
The Insignia Guide, at page 3 states: "Official headgear may be worn while
the unit or individual is participating in an indoor formal ceremony or
service duty, except in religious institiutions where custom forbids.
Typical indoor activities of this type are flag ceremonies, inspections,
orderly duty, or ushering service. In any informal indoor activity where no
official ceremoney is involved, the headgear is removed as when in street
clothes." OK that's the uniform rules. For civilian dress I suspect the
question has to do with the common youth habit of wearing hats everywhere
indoors (even in school). My view is that it is improper and at least in my
home people take off their hats, youth and adults alike. In troop meetings,
well, that gets a bit problematic. After all, my wife educated me a long
time ago to pick your issues. That is do not come down hard on every
infraction of the "rules" because the youth never knows what is important.
Hence my sons have had long hair (one with a pony tail) and earrings. The
two oldest wear (or wore) beards. But all are academically superior, Eagle
Scouts and athletes. What issue do you want to fight about. Drugs or
wearing a hat at a troop meeting?
2. how does your unit handle this problem, or do yo just osort of ignore it?
What I have seen is that for Cub Scouts, the rule seems to be wear the
uniform hat all the time (whether a formal occassion or not) until you become
a Webelos (then you start to rebel a bit). Frankly, I tend to ignore it
unless the occassion demands it, as for example when our troop will be doing
a flag ceremony at a Village Board meeting or some such.
These are just my ideas and I am:
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL