scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Berets?!?
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Tue May 09 2000 - 10:58:39 CDT
I doubt that you would need anyone's permission to wear the red berets
- this is a troop choice, especially if they are the issue ones. As for
obtaining them, this will prove difficult. They are no longer stocked,
and the older ones have been going for $ 30 -75 on eBay type sales
The alternative would be to treat them line baseball caps, buy them
locally, sew a scout emblem or your troop's numerals on, and wear them
as the troop's choice of hats.
Personally, I wear a balmoral(Scottish beret-like cap) with the
MacLaren crest, on special occasions. If I could get a supply of
MacLaren tartan in ribbon form, like the bit we wear on the Wood Badge
neckerchiefs, I would sew that around the rim of the balmoral, as is
> Two answers to this:
> 1) Mike Walton's page http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/hats.htm states among
> other things that red Scout berets WERE once officially part of the uniform
> (originally for Leadership Corps, the forerunner of Venture Crew, but later
> extended for all Scouts' use), and that any hat which the BSA has ever produced
> for uniform wear is still acceptable, and it's up to the Troop to decide.
> 2) Our Troop has verified this through official channels and has written
> permission from the higher-ups to obtain and wear red berets.
> Hope this clarifies any confusion!
> Anita H.
> Troop 266, San Jose, CA
> BMayhew65@aol.com wrote:
> > Someone, please correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that
> > Scouts could not wear berets, as they were not a part of the official
> > uniform, and Scouts were not to wear anything that imitated the uniforms of
> > the Armed Forces. <rest snipped>
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