Re: Class "A" Uniform
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Mon, 3 Apr 1995 10:00:37 -0500
I would like to put my 2 cents worth in on the uniform subject.
As I understand it, the terminology of Class A, Class B, and sometimes
even Class C, represents names created unoficially to describe types of
uniforms worn. Many camps refer to the A and B as the dress for staff
members during a particullar time of day. (Class C sometimes in dress in
no uniform parts - just regular clothes, but this may vary by location).
I have not seen the A and B in National publications, but I may have
My main concern is the "Class A", or full uniform. This, to me, means a
Scout Uniform shirt with proper insignia, Scout trousers (shorts or long
pants), proper belt, proper socks - particullarly with shorts. Hats and
necerchiefs are up to individual units. I see many units who permit
wearing only the uniform shirt with anything for pants. This gives a
poor image to outsiders and it tells the unit members that they can "just
throw on a shirt to be proper". If the uniform (A, if you want) is worn,
it should be worn properly and completely. I don't understand why units
consider a shirt only to be a full uniform. I hear stories that if pants
are required, many boys could not afford them and would leave the unit.
I see some of these same boys spending their money on snacks and trinkets
when they stop somewhere. I have also seen boys from a unit with this
attitude of not being able to afford full uniforms all dressed in scout
shirts and Army camaflouge pants. Those are not free, or even that
I would like to see more emphasis on wearing a complete uniform when
worn. In my unit, our policy is to wear it completely or not at all. If
it is to be worn, then everyone is expected to wear it. Several have
made phone calls home from our meetings to have parents bring the uniform
to the meeting. That usually happens only once for the same boy! My 2
worst examples of poor uniforming are a boy receiving the Eagle Scout
Award at a formal Court of Honor while he wears a uniform shirt and blue
jeans or other non-uniform pants and boys participating in a flag
ceremony (doing the actual raising/lowering) while wearing a uniform
shirt and some brightly colored swim trunks for pants.
My comment to boys who ask about wearing only the shirt - "are you only
half into the Scout Program?"
We do maintain a used uniform part exchange - outgrown parts are received
from families to be given (note-given) to those in need in my unit.
Does anyone have suggestions on how we can encourage more proper uniforming?
SM, Troop 7
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City