Boy Scouts uniform gets an update: goodbye Oscar de la Renta
The uniform for boy scouts are getting an update after 20 years, and there seems to be confusion in the scouting community. The uniform, familiar to the past generation was designed by the famous Oscar de la Renta.
Buffaloeagle: blogger and uniform extraordinaire posts about the situation:
I have more visits per day about the new Scout uniform than any other post. Apparently allot of people are wondering which uniform to wear after August, and families in our troop seem in a panic. The new centennial uniform is to celebrate 100 years of Scouting. I’ll most likely get one to wear for outdoor use. The current one has been very uncomfortable for outdoor activities. I have seen other troops go climbing in them, that is their choice. What allot of Scouters may not know is that any uniform from the early 1900’s to the current one coming soon, can be worn at any time at any scouting event.
For example if you happen to have a uniform from, lets say 1957, it can be worn at any Scouting event, meeting, camp, COH, etc. I have talked to my local scout store and they tell me that the new uniforms may not be in until around December any way. It’s defiantly a time for a change in uniforms, but it is not time to panic about buying the new one and mothballing the old one. The change is for Boy Scouts only at this time and not for the Cubs, Webelo, Venture or Sea Scouts. That’s my opinion. What’s yours?
...the official pants are "like walking in an oven," said the member of Troop 861 at Central Lutheran Church in Dallas. "I don't know what they're made of," he said, "but it was like someone was playing a cruel joke on us." Redesigns only happen every 20 to 25 years. In the last, in the early 1980s, Irving-based Boy Scouts of America commissioned Oscar de la Renta – an accomplished fashion designer – to produce the current uniform. The line included shorts with a 3.5-inch inseam, but later updates to the shorts made them longer.
The very first U.S. Boy Scouts in 1910 didn't care for that era's shorts either, according to a history of the group's duds published in Scouting magazine in 2002.