> updated 30/04/09
Whether old or new, "good manners" call for the wearing of some sort of neckwear when wearing a
Neckwear w/long sleeves
Neckwear with Long Sleeves
Hunter Russell wrote and
Back in the stone ages (15+ years ago) - I read or was told
that when the long sleeve field uniform shirt was worn, some
neck wear (neckerchief, bolo, tie) was supposed to be worn with it.
You and I were told absolutely correctly. It was a part of
good manners....men wear neckwear with long-sleeved shirts and
do not wear neckwear with short-sleeved shirts.
This was NOT printed in the BSA's Insignia Control Guides of
those times, but rather in the older (60s, early 70s) versions
of the Scout Handbook.
It was one of those many things which spun from the customs and
traditions of dress of that time. If you were a Boy Scout, and
you wore a long-sleeved shirt, you MUST have a neckerchief,
tie, bolo tie or bandanna around your neck in order for it to
be "official." When we "improved the program", and made it
optional for the neckerchief to be worn, many Scouts and
Scouters took it literally that NO neckwear was to be worn. It
made it hard to sell Scout ties during that time.
I still wear a neckerchief with long-sleeved shirts and
sometimes I'll find a brown tie and wear it with my wool
Exploring/Venturing outfit. But there are times in which I'll
wear the Wood Badge and nothing more with my long-sleeved
Thanks for asking, Russell...
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