Re: Uniforming - an eye opener
J. Hugh Sullivan (sullijh@NDLC.OCC.UKY.EDU)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 07:36:15 -0500
My scouting career began in 1938 and has covered several troops in
several states. During all these years I had never known a scout (family)
who couldn't afford the uniform - until recently. I was naive partially
because I have continued to wear my unform from the 50s when wearing
of uniforms was advisable.
I now have two grandsons in scouting - one in cubs. Their parents
finances are such that uniform money would be better spent on more
pressing needs. So, we purchased two uniforms for the older just prior to
the troop's trip to Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, etc. In another year we
will need to purchase uniforms for the younger. Obviously I believe in
proper uniforming; on the other hand, uniforms costs are excessive - even
for those of us who can afford them.
I can't say that uniform costs keep kids out of scouting; but I can say
they contribute to the inconsistent dress of many troops. It appears that
we are approaching a crossroads - affluent troops and non-affluent/no
troops. Those choices are too limiting when there are probable solutions.
I suspect the National Board is composed mostly of executive/management
types who, in their own field of expertise, either solve problems or hire
someone who can. I suggest that solving the excessive cost of uniforming,
unlike some of our other problems, is a problem that can be solved. The
solution requires nothing more than some study and a few decisions - an
event in which most of us who are/were before retirement executives/managers
have participated many times. Perhaps those of us who find uniforms costs
reasonable should seek the advice of those who don't - just another way of
"hiring" a problem solver.
Eagle, Class of '43
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City