scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Berets?!?
Ken Segota (ksegota@UIDAHO.EDU
Tue May 09 2000 - 12:14:18 CDT
When my son and I first joined our Troop they had just elected to wear
berets and they were "out of print". Our council had no problem with our
buying them from a local surplus store and one of the mothers sewed the
oval BSA patch that you get for the wool jacket on the front and it was
close enough that a lot of people were always asking us where we managed
to get the BSA Berets since they were no longer in stock. We have since
quit useing thebut there are a couple of Troops in our area that currently
do the same thing. In quantity you should be able to find a reasonable
price from some surplus store in your area or off the Net. I hope this
Ken Segota SM Troop 344 Moscow, Idaho
"used to be an Owl, always an Eagl
On Tue, 9 May 2000, Dave Loomis wrote:
> 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
> Scottish custom.
> Anita wrote:
> > 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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