scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Two Uniform Questions--OA
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 12 2000 - 21:45:49 CDT
Ahmen to our brother's statement here on uniforms. OA and regular use.
Uniforming is important but there are many good and valid reasons for
someone not having the same patches as everyone else. There isn't, or
shouldn't be, a uniform gestapo ready with rubber hoses to pounce on
unsuspecting youth or adults.
When we were visiting the U.S. in early July we wore our uniforms to several
scouting events. This included our unit CSP and in my case the flap for #555
which is my current lodge.
The CSP caused lots of positive comment where ever we were in BSA circles.
No problems at all. At the unit meetings the flap didn't cause a stir. They
knew us and were more interested in chat than checking patch alignment.
At the one event semi-connected with OA one of the adult hanger-ons, an
arch-typical yellow-bellied sap sucker type, all blow and no brains, lit
into me for not wearing the current lodge flap. I am still a member through
December but hadn't even considered changing my patches simply for a social
meeting. I wasn't the only person there with a different flap either. I
quietly let him know that I was a visitor and that he was out-of-line. His
profane rebuttal really made me feel welcome. I wasn't going to renew my
dues anyway. #555 is cheaper and has no meetings to attend anywhere near
where we are.
I savor our differences. The uniform shirt is khaki or sometimes green and
not black or brown and we need to keep it that way.
Alexandria Lone Scouts
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