Re: Looking for the Uniform Police
Mike Montoya (mmm@IMS.MARIPOSA.CA.US)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 20:45:56 -0800
At 09:04 AM 11/30/95 -0700, Chuck wrote:
>OK, now it's my turn... Uniforming is important but not the end all or be
>all. It's important for unit identity, personal pride, etc...but what about
>units from poor or disadvantaged areas that can't afford or obtain uniforms.
>There has to be an alternative. Clearly, I've seen units wearing just
>T-shirts (unit emblems on them) and shorts. These same areas don't have
>recycling programs for uniforms because Scouting is brand new to these
>areas. Any ideas out there? This could be a reason why Scouting has a
>tough time developing in these areas. Fundraising is a possibility but the
>area I'm thinking about has large unemployment. I'm interested in ideas.
In my youth days, I started in a small troop (15-20) which grew and grew to
over 70 active scouts with eight active Eagles, uniforms were never as
important as they seem to be now. We didn't wear them on outings, because
they were too expensive to wreck in the woods. The main focus of our
activities was to have fun, not to score 100% in uniform inspections. (We
did have them and they counted in patrol competitions). The uniforms were a
badge of your accomplishments and we wore them proudly. The younger scouts
looked in awe at an Eagle's sash, (yes we wore them to all functions that
required a uniform).
I guess what I'm trying to get at here is that even though we had a pretty
lax uniform policy, a sense of uniform pride developed on its own, (we even
decided to have custom troop neckerchiefs made), which is a long ways from
the troop I am involved with now, which doesn't allow scouts that attend out
of uniform to participate in the meetings, having to sit in the back and
twiddle their thumbs. That's another issue, when I asked where that policy
came from (I'm new here - 8 months) I was told some PLC in ancient times
instituted it, so since the boys decided.......
Mike Montoya, ASM, Troop 94 email@example.com
"I used to be ...Faster, Lighter, & Less Gray!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City