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    Leader uniforms Sea Scouts and Scouts... quality issue?

    Now, today i decided that after almost 9 months as a Sea Scout leader i should get the Relevent coloured Uniform so for one it didn't confuse some of the younger kids... I have the regular Beige Scout uuniform because i'm also a 'regular' scout leader.

    Now my Beige shirt i got from the district Scout shop... and its a nice thick material... But... my sea Scout shirt i got from a local school uniform centre and well... its just not the same... i have noticed that the other leaders shirts are this same thin material

    Is this intentional? Or generally are Sea Scout leaders shirts different if you get them from a Scout Shop or a third party shop like a uniform centre...

    Has anyone else noticed the quality difference? (I have noticed that the stitching is abit rubbish too... but im not worried about that)
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    It does seem that Scout Shop shirts are a bit on the thin side, I don't know if their are any other suppliers of Sea Scout shirts though.

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    Interesting as the previous Leader shirts (pre-Explorers) were of a much thinner material which sounds a lot like you describe. I much preferred them as it was possible to wear a t-shirt underneath them without getting too hot which allowed you to take off your shirt when necessary. Now I get far too hot wearing anything under my shirt so end up stuck in my shirt when really it isn't suitable.

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    During camp/ winter (and parades) i allways wear a t-shirt under my shirt... habit from my school days i suppose...

    I just can't understand why there is a difference in quality... i am assuming it is due to there being two different suppliers... one for the Scout shirt in beige and one for the Sea Scout shirt in blue.

    Unless it is as i said, mearly where we are buying them from?
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    No, it's not just the supplier. After being an air scout as well as a normal leader, it was a clear issue that my blue shirt was much thinner and not as good as a beige shirt generally.

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    Phew... i thaught i was getting some sort of sub standard uniform!
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    I would say you are getting a sub standard uniform because that's what Scout shops supply, and for what it is, it is overpriced. Keep your eye open in places like Tesco and Matalan, both of which have at various times put out a much better made shirt in a better grade of material and at about half the price. Not exactly the same as sometimes they don't have the button down collar (which I'm happy to do without), and of course you'll miss that Scout logo, but console yourself with extra cash in your pocket and the better quality of the garment.

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    Not knowing the uniform, is it something that can be purchased from an army surplus store? Usually reasonable quality garments.

    Just a thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by julian View Post
    Not knowing the uniform, is it something that can be purchased from an army surplus store? Usually reasonable quality garments.

    Just a thought...
    Royal Navy shirts are a much darker shade of blue than the Sea/Air scout ones.

    Where does BP Air Scouts get their shirts from?

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    If of any use, RAF Wedgewood blue are the same shade as Sea/Air Scout shirts. Working blues seem to be the same colour as the Navy version.
    Last edited by snowdrop; 11-11-2009 at 09:48 PM.
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    Hi Chug

    Haven't got the faintest... i suspect we don't get them at all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrop View Post
    If of any use, RAF Wedgewood blue are the same shade as Sea/Air Scout shirts. Working blues seem to be the same colour as the Navy version.
    Brilliant idea snowdrop, a five second google search found me this site;

    http://www.surplusandoutdoors.com/sh...ue-535911.html

    Half the price of the "official" Scout ones, and joy of joys it has proper breast pockets.

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    We use RAF stock shirts, as do a few SA Air and Sea groups due to the problems you mention with the official tissue paper shirts.
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    what ever happened to the Sea Scout jumpers I thought the SA still have them hitherto?

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    the kids wear sea scout jumpers.... or some are settling for 'sea scouts' printed onto a navy sweatshirt
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