Saturday, March 19, 2011

The wearing o' the green...or khaki

Now that St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, Springtime is around the corner and things are beginning to turn green again...besides the alternative adult beverages that are abound with green dyes and pigmentation.
Yesterday, on Scouting Radio, we had a brief discussion about how important the Scouting uniform plays within the program.
The wearing o' the green...or khaki:
  Baden Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, decided over 100 years ago that Scouts should wear a uniform and his reasoning was simple:
  1. a uniform establishes an identity.
  2. a uniform eliminates social and class identifications and promotes unity of being all the same.
Is the uniform important to the program?

Yes and no. Scouts all over the world can participate in the program activities without the uniform while still holding onto the virtues and values of Scouting.
The uniform stands for a universal tie to all scouts everywhere and should be regarded as the single best visual for the scouting  movement.

Watch any television program or movie that depicts boys and girls in a uniform and the implication's are that these characters are Scouts.

In the BSA, the color of khaki, was probably chosen to help hide the dirt and grime our Scouts get into while working and playing in the field.
The BSA uniform offers protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Most elderly people tend to relax when they see a youth in a Scout uniform.
The reasons are simple:
  1. Memories of days gone by to when they were a Scout.
  2. Memories of Norman Rockwell's "Saturday Evening Post" prints depicting a much simpler time.
  3. Recollections of Scouts in action- community service.
So get out there and put on the green.
Be a Scout.

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