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It sounds like you would like to know for a reason or that you would like there to be a policy. It might help if you stated your case. I am sure that we could get a good discussion and come up with about thirty answers.



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I was at Camp School at Hawk Mountain this year. I was amazed at the number of tattos I saw, anthing from a small one on the calf to orange and red flames up the forearms (both sides even) Whether students or staff, tattos were in abundance, and given that almost all students at Camp School are already hired Camp employees, I dont think anybody can prevent you from showing your tattos, depending on location of course which would be the subject of another thread.

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I see the problem now.


Your problem isn't with showing the tattos. It's more a problem of improper placement.


The Eagle tattoo should be just under the left breast. Under the right breast, you may place a temporary tatto. The right shoulder is reserved for designating your council and unit affiliation. The left shoulder is for the American flag.


Just having a little fun on an afternoon break.


Smile and relax.



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Crew53 brings up an interesting point... This year at summer camp, I found a troop from my council. This camp is known throughout CA, and is not my council camp. I tried to make friends with the adults.


One of their young men had hair down past his shoulders. The adults were all buzz cuts. I thought to myself "self, this would be an interesting situation." And I marvelled at how clean this young man was. (This camp has a fine black talcum powder type soil that gets EVERYTHING EXTREMELY dirty) I was just amazed that this guy could keep hair like that clean when I felt so grimy.


About that time one of the adults from his unit leaned over and told me how he was a "&^*$ surfer, but the adults would resolve the problem." I looked at the adult and was told that while the young man was a good kid, and a natural leader, that hair just had to go. They were prepared to not sign him off on his Eagle Scoutmaster conference, until he started living the 11th point of the Scout Law. (Now you know why I stressed how CLEAN this kid was)


I was floored. I am our district's Eagle Board Chairman. I watched this kid, he helped the younger scouts, and those around him, he is a good kid. I can look past his hair.


I watched him for the rest of the week. Every time I saw him, not only he but all those around him were smiling and happy. He is a good kid. On the last day of camp, I walked up and told him that if he needed someone to help him with an appeal because of comments I had heard about his hair, I would be happy to. He just smiled, and said "I'm not cutting it just to show them." Talk about adding to the requirements... I have also talked with his district Eagle Chair, he's ready to help this kid too.


Now in regards to your tats. I get the feeling that either you are getting grief or are concerned because you are trying to get employed by Scouts, or are working on finishing your Eagle. I can't talk about the employment thing, other than to echo what has already been posted. Now on the other hand, if you sat in front of me with them I would wish that you didn't have them. I don't like them. We would talk about your project, we would talk about your time in the program, and then if you have the skills, abilities, and attitudes of an Eagle scout, I would congratulate you for a job well done. Your way to claim your individuality is not what I'd have done, but... that just doesn't matter. Good luck finishing up what you started.



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First, great story!


Second, I couldn't have made your last point any better than you just did.


I'm with you. I think it's a tactical error for boys to allow themselves to be tattoed or pierced. I think it gives the wrong first impression, and, even though a poor first impression can be overcome (your example is great!), why does anyone want to put that kind of effort in, when they can just conform to the mainstream?


HOWEVER, neither tattoos or piercings are a big enough issue for me to make a problem for a boy over. For those in my sphere of influence, I attempt to explain (sometimes often) that there isn't enough value in such ornamentation to make it worth the hassle, but if I can't be successful convincing him, it's a dead issue. It's not my place to allow metal or ink displayed in what I consider a silly manner to effect how I treat a boy.



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