Re: How do you get them into uniforms?
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 13:11:04 -0500
My troop had a written policy on uniforms. Scouts were required to wear
proper shirt, pants/shorts & socks, and belt. The troop neckerchief was
optional, also the hat. When I became SM after the summer encampment was
over, the PLC wanted to push on the issue. I was aware that there were
families that could not Afford so the PLC made it a written but
"No harassemnet" policy on uniforms. The scouts that had uniforms were
expected to wear them. The only prblems we had were the pants. I
at time squashed PL/SPL/JL that wanted to jump a scout without pants.
I usually remebered the Scout being 3-6 inches shorter. The troop wore
uniforms to just about every activity.
At my 1st summer camp, the PLC had decided it didn't want the class "A"
to get messed up between the Saturday/Sunday Troop picture and the
Friday nite Parents Night festivities. They dropped all uniform requirements
for the Scouts. By Monday, the third day in camp, the PLC was
beside itself because of the ratty, tattered, AC/DC style T-shrts
and the crummy shorts. They decided that it was Blank T-shirts or
Scouting related T-shirts with crummy shorts. The PLC then began dressing
for the evening retreat in the troop site, then dinner, then all meals. By
Friday, the entire troop was back in full uniform. We even packed
out of camp in uniform on saturday. Managed expectations and setting
the example do work!
We hand down uniforms, recycle uniforms, do everything we can including
borrowing the uniforms from drop outs. That can be used as a recruiting tool,
Jay Bemis Mohegan Council
A good ol' Owl NE I-140, Staffer NE I-163, Learner NE CS-48
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