Re: How do you get them into uniforms?
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 08:30:03 CST
My best tool for uniforming is a few spare council strips I have gathered
over the years--I usually pick up a few when I visit a council, plus the 23
where I have been registered or worked on summer camp staff.
When I visit a troop I get the SMs permission to conduct a brief inspection.
When I narrow it down, I get the troop to help me decide who is most properly
uniformed. I give that scout one of the council shoulder patches. A few
weeks later, I visit again and do the same thing. Usually by the third
visit, the scouts are looking sharp just in case I visit.
Once in a while, no patch is awarded because no one meets a minimum standard
and the troop knows it!!
BTW, sometimes I tell the troop that I'll be back for a visit in two weeks,
hope you can get your patches straightened out by then.
I always carry several patches after an experience of not being able to make
a choice between two excellently uniformed scouts. The SM pulled a patch
out of his pocket (magic) and we awarded two!
I also conduct inspections at Roundtables. Participation is always voluntary
on the part of adults and scouts but if you don't participate, you can't get a
BTW, the older scouts who are patch collectors really get into this one since
some of my patches come from far off locations (and are not available through
national supply). I also do not award a patch to anyone with incorrect
insignia. I will tolerate missing items (since council often is out of stock)
but not incorrect ones. Biggest problems--multiple quality unit patches and
multiple temporary patches. Among leaders, the biggest problem is patrol
patches. If you have a patrol patch, you better have only a number 1 on the
left sleeve. Fortunately, we do not have as many "Old Goats" and "Rocking
Chairs" in this council as I have seen in others.
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
JHS8 at OSUVM1.BITNET JHS8 at VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU (Internet)
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