Class A Uniforms
Michael S. Holmes (HolmesWCW@AOL.COM)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 20:31:20 -0400
Well here goes a second posting on this subject -- and I'll probably catch it
Justin Martin asks a question I have heard over and over again in my 25-plus
years of Scouting. What about boys from low income families? Do we exclude
them because they cannot afford the uniform?
The obvious and immediate answer is, <of course, not!>
But wait a minute. Is the family too poor to purchase the pants, or is it
rather a question of how one spends their discretionary income? I have seen
a lot of boys <too poor> to buy a pair of Scout pants who, nevertheless, seem
to be able to come up with the cash for expensive footwear and team jackets.
Second. If we really are talking about a financial hardship case, I can
suggest three solutions. The first is a uniform exchange program. Indeed I
would suggest that for every unit -- after all boys do tend to grow quickly.
You also might consider a <troop scholarship> program. Raise money for a
fund to assist boys purchase uniforms or anything else they need for
Finally, one of the long-standing practices of the Scouts has been for the
boys to raise their own money for camp, uniforms, etc. through fund raising
projects sponsored by units, districts or councils.
I have never heard anyone in Scouting suggest that a boy had to have a full
uniform <or else>. There always is a way to do it, if you're willing to be a
I just don't want to see the financial aspect used as an excuse by the boys,
their parents or their leaders for not wearing our uniform.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City