Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 13:25:47 EST
I thought we'd discussed this whole issue exhaustively several months
ago. Anyway, my 2 cents follow.
BSA is a uniformed organization--just like a marching band or a
football team, I tell my parents (note: I don't use the military as
an example). As such, boys are expected to wear the uniform and wear
it correctly. This includes scout pants, and not BDUs, blue jeans,
sweatpants, cutoffs, or anything else.
Of course, I won't deny a kid the opportunity to participate if he
doesn't wear his uniform--some of them are just diehards about it.
However, the thing to do is offer incentives to get them to wear it.
Inspect them regularly. The patrol with the best score each month
gets a treat--the SM will cook a DO dinner for them, for example, or
wash dishes for them on a campout breakfast. Or give them first
choice of campsites on a troop campout.
This will create peer pressure on the diehards to get with the
program, especially in a close race.
Of course, you do make it clear to the PLC that one of their
responsibilities as elected leaders is to set an example, which
includes wearing the uniform correctly. I especially get ticked off
when adults show up out of uniform, so they should wear theirs, as
I would rather a boy (or adult) show up with no uniform at all than
wear a partial uniform or wear it incorrectly (i.e., shirt out, no
scout pants, white sox, etc.).
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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