Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 09:40:28 -0500
On Tue, 4 Apr 1995, Gerald Belton wrote:
> 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 know it is not inexpensive. That is a whole different subject.
However, the image is important, in my estimation. Maybe we do need to
consult with the National Supply Division on prices. I have seen the
same attitude for 30+ years about "too expensive" or "will outgrow" or
> 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.
You do require your son to do so. I agree on the idea of encouraging the
boys to be proper. This is the best way, but there are always a few who
don't want to follow and then the rest wonders why not follow those
instead. We do play up the pride in receiving comments at camp about our
uniforming and how good we look.
Just to take the thought a bit further, should we pass a boy on his
advancement if he completes, let's say, about half of the requirements?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City