Re: How do you get them into uniforms?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 10:36:04 EDT
I agree that uniform inspections are the best tool, and some
reward method is great. In our CUB pack we had each den send
up the BEST uniform each pacj meeting, and the PACK voted for
best uniform. The cub got a special Mogly necklace with
real imatation bear claws and stuff to wear for the next month.
We also had a DEN attendance award for the den with the most
total people present at the pack meeting. The DENNER got a
special award to have until the next meeting, and then could
pass it on or keep it, if they had best attendance next month.
For the scouts, we have had a mothly inspection, and at each
court of honor we have at times used special certificates for
categories of BEST overall uniform since the last COR, and
MOST IMPROVED, plus BEST Patrol Leader, best Junior leader, etc.
We used to buy fancy certificates, but now someone makes them
up with pagemaker or some PC based tools, and we just add a GOLD
sticker. At other times the SM has had a surpirse inspections,
and comes up with a neckerchief slide, or a belt buckle or
a hat pin or some award, maybe even a CSP as was mentioned.
We still do not have 100 percent uniforms, but over time it
seems to improve. I guess the KEY is some method of motivation
that will appeal to the scouts, and so that all scouts have some
chance of an award, not just the EAgle scouts with the sharp
uniforms for the EAGLE COR etc. We have also found that having
some one in the troop try to coordinate a uniform RE-cyle concept
will help out everyone. It also helps to have the PACK stay
in touch with the Troop to get some CUB uniforms back to the pack.
Maybe if you had a troop or pack newsletter, people could LIST
what uniform parts they have to trade, sell ot donate?
Also, anyone that might offer a PATCH sewing service. I have
seen a few cases wear some familys with two wooking parents
or only ONE parent familys were willing to PAY to have someone
sew the patches.
I hope that is of some help. Not that our pack or troop is
100 percent in sharp uniforms, but each year it seems to get
better as the program year procedes.
still scouting, since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City