Randy Bernstein (RBERN@AOL.COM)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 16:58:17 -0500
I started to post earlier but, I'm glad I read through everyone else's posts
first because there were some very good points.
When I went for my very first merit badge appointment (about 22 years ago), I
did not wear my uniform and the counselor sent me home, telling me to come
back when I looked like a Scout. Though I did go home nearly in tears, I
learned an important lesson -- If I wanted to be a Scout, I had to look like
a Scout. After that I wore my uniform to every one of my next 26 Merit Badge
appointments and earned my Eagle badge as well as a bronze Palm.
I believe that all boys should wear the full uniform at official functions
(pack meetings, den meetings, district & council events, etc.) but, I do
realize that there are MANY extenuating circumstances.
First, there are events where you would not want to wear a complete uniform
-- outdoor activities, dirty activities, and weather inappropriate
activities, to name a few. As Cubmaster, I specifically tell the families
what the dress code will be for each event. Sometimes we have theme events
(like Knights of the Round Table) where we all dress up in theme costumes --
many of the kids made suits of armor out of poster board for about $1.50
I also understand that many families don't have the funds to buy complete
uniforms, or even pieces of uniforms. The Packs & Troops should come up with
a "uniform" for their unit. It might consist only of a neckerchief (these can
be made from an old sheet and hand painted by each boy) or it might be the
official shirt and neckerchief. Whatever is decided, all boys should be
encouraged to meet that standard.
Whatever uniform is standard in your unit, should be worn properly. Shirts
should be tucked in, belts buckled, neckerchiefs rolled and worn around the
neck with a slide and hats worn with the brim to the front. Whenever a boy
wears his uniform, he is representing Scouts all over the world.
Randy Bernstein | Eagle 1973, Bronze Palm
Cubmaster, Pack 549 | Troop 33, Des Plaines, IL
Mid-America Council, Frontier Dist. | Order of the Arrow - Vigil 1977
Black Elk Elementary School | Lakota Lodge, NW Suburban Council, IL
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