scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Council Merger - Uniforms
Fri May 05 2000 - 13:42:26 CDT
<< There are two units
that have proudly been using the old red-white community-state strips on
their own hook since 1972. Apparently the DE read the riot act to the SMs in
the troop meetings over their use of "unauthorized insignia" even though it
is entirely proper to use such insignia. >>
The "Uniform Police" answer is that community strips are no longer proper.
The Insignia Guide is the bible for insignia, and it no longer describes or
permits community strips. Polite Scouters ignore this transgression, but it
is a transgression. The old saw (which I believe to be true) that once
official always official applies to uniforms and uniform parts, not patches.
Thus the "greens" are still legal, but you are required to wear current
insignia in the specifica places currently required. The final answer is, of
course, that the unit who insists on community strips can go right on
insisting. What is Council going to do? Throw them out? I think not. They
may badger you; they may cajole; they may even put the squeeze on in other
areas (Silver Beaver nominee rejected for failure to "properly cooperate with
Council"); but the Unit will still be wearing the community strips.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL