Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:53:01 -0400
One of the earlier commentators stated it well when he said 'show me a
poorly uniformed troop and I will show you a poorly uniformed leader'.
If we expect pride in uniforms and appearance from our scouts we must
first show it ourselves. LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE NOT LEGISLATION!
Too often I've seen fat bellied scoutmasters with buttons ready to pop
off their shirts and pants seams ready to split. It isnt the weight
or size that is the problem...its their failure to wear the proper
size or show the proper pride and example. How can we expect the
scouts to wear their patches right if the scout district execs have
theirs on wrong.
The point is, these young men will emulate and follow our example. Set
the example and they will follow. If you sermonize or harangue these
young men you will lose them.
A simple and easy solution mentioned before is a uniform exchange.
These guys grow fast and often outgrow their uniforms before they wear
them out. Why not have one of your adults become the person
responsible for collecting the uniforms as they are ourgrown and
passing them on to those who can still get some wear out of them. It
works for us quite well.
Old Enough to know better
Too old to do any better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City