Re: uniforming & merit badges
Richard Nault (rnault@PTIALASKA.NET)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 18:41:09 -0900
>Jeff Glaze wrote:
>But the reality is: If you are serious about using the methods of Scouting,
>including uniforms, then the Troop Committee will do all that is necessary
>to see that boys have uniforms.
>Fortune or luck has nothing to do with getting into a uniform... teamwork
>and cooperation, and individual effort can get even the most "economically
>disadvantaged" scout into a proper uniform.
Granted, I live in an economically well off community, but I would bet that
my experiences are similar to those in other parts of the country. In my
trrop the reality is th kids who claim to not afford uniforms by all sorts
of CDs and video games and are involved in multiple activities that cost a
great deal of money.
I came from a family that was far from well of, but always had a Scout
uniform. There are almsot always ways that Scouts could raise money for
Fact is, I believe that *most* Scouts who 'can't afford' a uniform simply
do *not* want to wear the uniform.
We persuaded our Scout executive to sell us pants at cost fopr a period of
time and the troop will begin re-imbursing Scouts $5,00 for purchasing
pants. I anxious to see the results.
I'd be interested in e-mail which provides feedback to help me figure out
if I'm out of touch with the lower '48 or if the same trend to use an
economic excuse for not wanting to wear the uniiform is valid in other
parts of the country.
No flames please, just light!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City