Sent: February 15, 2001 6:08 PM
Subject: Fwd: Uniform
--- In SCOUTSCAN-Issues, "CanRanger " <email@example.com> wrote:
I submitted a letter to the "Leader Magazine" regarding the uniform
and Scoutings image in the community they chose not to publish it.
So I mail Mr Elsworth a letter of my own and here it is.
I had the opportunity to read your article in the "leaders
Magazine" on the uniform. In November I submitted anarticle on the
uniform and the role of scouting in it's community. Unfortunately
the "Leaders Magazine" is selective in information and opinions it
allows to be heard.
I submitted the letter at the suggestion of a room full of
scouters takeing their Crew part 1. After voicing my opinion on the
topic they thought the points were valid and deserved exposure to
prompt open discussion in the scouting community.
As you should be awarestatistics can be interpreted in many
different ways, I would see the survey results in a different light
then yourself. I would again suggest the lack of satisfaction the
youth express with the uniform is because we have failed to impress
upon the youth its importance in representing ,us as an
organization. As well we have failed to install a sense of pride in
the youth for the uniform and what it represents. Finally we have
failed to maintane a profile in the public eye, the same public eye
that use to look upon scouting with a respectful recognition instead
of a puzzled ignorance of our movement.
There was a time when scouting meant learning through challenge
and personnal growth, that which we can see in the very mottoes each
section has. Now it seems to be more about instant gratification. I
will not dsmiss the need to consult the youth, but on some topics we
have to trust the age old wisdom of BP's original goals, to build
character in the youth the program serves. If the youth want instant
gratification and to only have mindless fun then we should simply
stoock our meeting halls with Sony Playstations. Kepp in mind Mr.
Elsworth if I asked my scouts what they would like for breakfast at a
camp they would say poptarts, if I did not teach them better. In
closing if we could look to the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police; the red tunic, Stetson and riding pants are no longer
practical, but when asked to appear in public even plain clothed
detectives jump at the chance to wear their dress uniform. The
reason being, because of the pride behind it and its international
recognitoin no more recognition then scouting as a movement. if we
have done our job right our youth will be proud to wear their uniform
and the public will see their pride in the way they conduct
themselves, not as any other youth group, but as a scouting youth and
all the vitues it intails.
I welcome all and any comments.
Leamington Rover Voyageur Crew Skip
ADC Rovers Essex District
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