Founder's View of Uniforms
Walter Gould (w4crypto@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 17 Jul 1995 21:43:39 -0700
"THE SCOUT UNIFORM
I have often said, "I don't care a fig whether a Scout wears a
uniform or not so long as his heart is in his work and he carries out
the Scout Law." But the fact is that there is hardly a Scout who does
not wear uniform if he can afford to buy it.
The spirit prompts him to it.
The same rule applies naturally to those who carry on the Scout
Movement the Scoutmasters and Commissioners; there is no obligation
on them to wear uniform if they don't like it. At the same time, they
have in their positions to think of others rather than of themselves.
Personally, I put on uniform, even if I have only a Patrol to
inspect, because I am certain that it raises the moral tone of the
boys. It heightens their estimation of their uniform when they see it
is not beneath a grown man to wear it; it heightens their estimation of
themselves when they find themselves taken seriously by men who also
count it of importance to be in the same brotherhood with them.
Smartness in uniform and correctness in detail may seem a small
matter, but has, its value in the development of self-respect, and
means an immense deal to the reputation of the Movement among outsiders
who judge by what they see.
It is largely a matter of example. Show me a slackly-dressed
Troop and I can "Sherlock" a slackly-dressed Scoutmaster. Think of it,
when you are fitting on your uniform or putting that final saucy cock
to your hat.
You are the model to your boys and your smartness will reflect
itself in them."
AIDS TO SCOUTMASTERSHIP
A Guidebook For Scoutmasters
On The Theory of Scout Training
LORD BADEN-POWELL OF GILWELL
Founder of the Boy Scout Movement
(thanks to Andrew J. Heath, HEATHA@yvax.byu.edu for the original
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City