Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 08:16:22 -0600
Milt Forsberg writes:
>Does anyone have suggestions on how we can encourage more proper uniforming?
Milt, I just don't see a big problem with a boy wearing a uniform shirt and
other pants. Sit down with a supply division catalog, and add up the total
cost of a uniform. Start with shirt, pants, hat, neckerchief, and socks.
Don't forget a neckerchief slide and belt. Add a council strip, troop
numerals, world crest, and a patrol patch. You're looking at well over a
hundred bucks -- closer to $150.
I have never REQUIRED a boy in my troop to have a full uniform, and I never
will. I set an example by always wearing the full uniform myself. I make
my son wear his. I strongly encourage my junior leaders to wear theirs.
Once I know a boy has a full uniform, if he shows up without it I'll ask him
why. But I don't want anyone to miss a scouting experience because he
doesn't have a uniform.
Baden-Powell himself wrote in his book, "Aids to Scoutmastership," that boys
should not be *required* to wear the uniform, but that they will want to
wear it if they are given a good example. He knew what he was talking
about; all of the boys in my troop now own full uniforms, and they all wear
them proudly, without an adult telling them that they have to.
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