Bruce Rosen (rosen@SPECKLE.NCSL.NIST.GOV)
Thu, 6 Apr 1995 08:45:05 -0400
Just thought I would talk about how we handle uniforms in our Troop. We
don't require the pants, although almost every boy has a pair since we do
have a uniform exchange. Also, most families in our Troop can put out the
$30 to buy them if necessary. We do require that whatever "full uniform"
the boy has be worn at special functions like Courts of Honor, ballpark flag
ceremonies, etc. For regular meetings we request the shirt and hat, but
don't worry about the neckerchief or pants. When traveling we require the
shirt and a hat. When Troop camping and at summer camp we allow the boys to
wear what they wish except while traveling and at dinner during summer camp.
Summer camp policy at dinner is the shirt and hat and we follow it.
Truthfully, for myself I wear some surplus camo's when camping because I
have found them to be a quite a bit cheaper when you catch a sale, and also
tougher then the official scout pants. I might have continued to use offical
pants if I could replace mine when necessary with the old style ones. Now
that you can't get the old style I want to keep mine for as long as I can.
I always wear full uniform, including official pants, to meetings and while
As someone else mentioned, we try to remind new parents to buy "big" so that
the uniform will not be outgrown quickly. Between buy "big" and the
limiting of rough use, most boys uniforms go 2 or 3 years before replacement
Usually, if a boy is still active after 2 or 3 years he is really involved
and therefore wants to have a full uniform so getting new shirts or pants
doesn't seem to be a problem.
That's just my 1.9999999 cents on this issue.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City