scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Sewing merit badge
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Wed May 24 1972 - 08:28:13 CDT
On Wed, 24 May 2000, Roman J. Smith wrote:
> Jim Fitzgerald writes:
> >Yes there should be a sewing Merit badge for Eagle. I have had several
> >scouts recommend it and during Eagle Boards of Review when we ask the
> >candidates what Merit Badge they would add that has been one.
> Better yet, a merit badge for "tailoring" akin to plumbing and auto
> mechanics would be better yet. Those skills are beyond basic camping
> skills and not necessary for every scout.
Ehhh. maybe, maybenot.
Cooking and sewing are survival skills. You may never sleep in the woods
or hike further than the nearest bus-stop, but you WILL eat every day of
your life, and at least 12 times a year need to sew on a button, or tack
up ripped seam, or rehem your suit pants. Everyone, male, female, or
neuter, should know how to fix a quick meal (balance optional) and sew a
button on his jammies. Knowing how to fix that meal on a can of Sterno,
a gas range and an electric stove could be useful too (slightly different
techniques, for those who haven't used all three).
Knowing how to sew an industrial strength zipper into heavy canvas --
well, it's a project the tailors of my acquaintance would turn down
without hesitation. They are more accustomed to working with silk, peau
de soie, wool worsted or men'swear-flannel than waterproof canvas, and
their sewing machines are constructed with that fact in mind. Many of
them decline the opportunity to hem my blue jeans which are considerably
lighter-weight that water-proof canvas.