Re: Uniforms, Patches & BSA Requirem
Nathan Brindle (NBRINDLE@INDYCMS.BITNET)
Sat, 16 Jul 1994 09:24:35 EST
When I took my Commissioner's Basic, one of the staffers passed out some
little yellow cards that were Uniform Inspection Certificates. They
basically said that so-and-so (write name here) was to be congratulated
on a high standard of uniforming, or something like that. (I can't find
right now to quote it. It had a BSA stock number on it so it must be
available from your Scout Store.) In conjunction with a regular
commissioner's visitation (planned in advance, of course...none of this
pop-in stuff:), you might ask the commissioner to "review the troops,"
in the manner of an outside person performing an impartial judging
for an interpatrol competition (say). The patrol with the best overall
uniforming gets a pennant or something to attach to their patrol flag
until the next time. Obviously you could weight the scoring so that
a patrol with 8 members couldn't out-score a patrol with 5 member just
by way of having more points. (Total scores divided by number of patrol
members or something like that).
This would be preceded by a handout on proper uniforming (available
again through your Scout Store or through National Supply--or even
made up locally) that all boys would take home a few weeks before for
a uniform "tune up".
I think sooner or later proper uniforming would become the rule rather
than the exception. (Also, I wouldn't count off too badly for things
like no Scout pants or socks...most of the boys I know just have the
shirt. See earlier threads on the cost of uniforming (shudder).)
One troop I know uses this method and it works VERY well. Every time
I visit, those boys are in gorgeous, correct uniforms.
Yikes!! Almost late for divine services!!! A Scouter is Reverent!!!! :)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City