Or, to straddle both sides of the fence, you could do what many of the active Arrowmen of my old Lodge did. One sash for work, another sash for uniforms. (And, of course, over the span of many years it's my "clean" one that I've lost track of.)
Been there, done that. Get lots of head bobbing and it never gets done. Gets to the point when parents just drop at the door and go. They want to have their Scout in a great program but they don't want to have to give up any time or effort to support it. I call them out in emails, in Troop Meetings, Court of Honor's, you name it. When enough events get cancelled, maybe then they will step up. I should not be working more hours in a week at my volunteer job (Scouts) than I do at my paid job.
I have a new sash but I've never worn it. I pay my dues and wear my lodge flap. But otherwise I am silent about OA matters (aside from here). Not that I don't have any thing to contribute. The OA was very important to me as a youth (vice lodge chief, 79 NOAC, etc.). It's that the OA has changed so much over the years, I barely recognize it today.
So I keep my silence. If the current members think it's fine, who am I to say otherwise?
Yes indeed, I had forgotten about those plastic sleeves! I never thought they looked right.
I recently found my youth sash. Last worn circa '81. The arrow and bars are worn and frazzled. Sash itself is permanently soiled, the result of numerous work weekends, tap outs, ordeals, ceremonies, camporee staffing. The years of dirt, tree bark, campfire smoke and sweat have left their mark.
I agree, kids were proud of their service. The dirtiest jobs were the most coveted.