scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Zero Tolerance For Discussion On Uniforms & BDU's
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Sat Jun 10 2000 - 07:06:28 CDT
> BDUs are built better, they do not rip out as often as BSA pants, they
> expand three sizes, and (most importantly to the Scouts) they do not call
> inappropriate attention to the wearer.
> >Yes I do agree that the uniform does cost
> >more that most similar clothing items, but
> >BSA clothing is also specialized in that a
> >small percentage of the population wears
> >it and that also makes the cost higher.
> PS: I do NOT recommend BDUs for Scouting. I merely use them as an
> of an easy to compare product (Scout Pants are merely wannabe BDUs
> Nylon pants contain no cotton. They are vastly superior to Scout Pants
> BDUs as a Scouting Uniform in many ways. If there is any interest I will
> post details.
> If everyone could witness the pure joy and pride that my Scouts feel
> towards their Boy Scout "Activity" Uniform, no Scouter would ever force a
> boy into ugly, old-fashioned tight pants again.
While having decided to wade into this endless discussion, I can not figure
where I fit. My zero tolerance is for the continuous whining by the
different clothing cults on this list. BDU's are highly functional and
comfortable as can be said about a lot of different styles of clothing and I
am sure there is a cult for each of them.
The issue seems to me to be about whether one is going to wear the Official
Uniform or not. Uniforming is supposed to mean that each and everyone of us
wear the same thing is it not? This uniformity makes us immediately
recognizeable as part of the BSA and is supposed to give the boy that
feeling of belonging and demonstrate his committment to the program. As an
adult leader, I wear the official uniform whether it is my favorite style of
clothing or not and I promote it within my troop as well as throughout our
district. Should I dislike or have a serious problem about the styling, my
time would be much better served writing letters to the officials within the
organization who make these decisions than bombarding this list with endless
messages promoting the style of clothing I want.
I have spent a significant portion of my life either as a member or adult
leader in Scouting and I embrace the program as it is and not just the
portions I like. What we all have to remember is that this is for the Boys
and not for us old geezers.
Thanks for listening and I know I have used up my $0.02 on this one.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221, Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council