New list member - uniforms
Joseph Davenport (josephd@DIRECTNET.COM)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:17:49 -0700
I've posted to this list once or twice before so I guess that now is the time to
intoduce myself. My name is Joe Davenport and I'm the Cubmaster of Pack 210
in Burbank CA. We have a small group at this time, about 15 boys but have a
bunch of great parents that help out a lot. My wife Heidi is the Webelos
Den leader for 3 boys.
I have watched the discussion about uniforms. I have always felt that a
group of Scouts look alot better when in full uniform. I can remember as a
Scout in the early 70's that wearing a proper uniform was expected of all
members. When I returned to Scouting as a leader I found that the full
uniform was the exception to the rule. As for me I always wear a complete
uniform to set an example for the group, after all scouting is the greatest
youth program that there is so why be ashamed to wear it properly.
The Scout uniform helps build a spirit of teamwork, just go by any park on
the weekend and you will see teams of boys dressed exactly the same, more
so than scouts. In fact if any part of the sports uniform is missing they
are not allowed to play.
Now I'm not suggesting that you have to wear the uniform to be a scout, but
there are many occastions such as service projects, field trips and court
of honor, especaly if it is an Eagle cerimony, where you want to make a
More often than not if the leader is not properly uniformed neather is the
rest of the group and even if a parent is willing to buy the shirt, pants,
and the rest of the uniform, and I beleve that to be true in more cases
than you might expect, they have no incentive after seeing non-uniformed
leaders. *Regulations* ,for what it's worth, say to wear the full uniform
or dont wear it at all.
The cost of uniforms seems a little expensive, but as you may be aware the
uniform parts are made in the USA. That's not true of most other articals
Lets support our American workers for a change.
As long as we are ignoring the uniform requirement, why don't we ignore the
requirements for advancement as well. I don't think any of us wants to do
Any way, enough of that. This subject seems to have died down so I'd better
stop for now it's just that I feel very strongly about the subject.
By the way, Im glad that the long socks are back, it's the short ones that
keep sliding down around my ankles.
Yours in Scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City