Re: Scout Uniform Problem
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Thu, 7 Mar 1996 15:42:14 -0600
Hey Mike Woods:
Ever heard of the Uniform Award? No. Good, I've never heard
of it either...just made it up.
What your Troop needs is a "Uniform Award". It could be something
tangible like a set of tickets to the Cinema 8, or a dinner for
four, six, eight or sixteen at Really Nice Resturant; or something like a
patrol flag streamer, or selection of camping places at the next camporee,
or something intangible like that. Don't use something like just a patch to
wear (because you probably won't get a lot of response initially) nor just a
certificate (Scouts can't show off their "prize" if they have to bring
people to their homes!). The award should be something that they don't mind
"showing off" to non-Scouts, which is part of the reason why they aren't
very "hot" to wear their uniforms.
Talk with your SPL and with your Scoutmaster about establishing
such an award...and make it that ONLY the winning Patrol can
get it. No individuals. Also make it so that the "winners" can
bring someone with them to "collect the prize"...you'll get a
lot more interest in your Troop that way and it will also "smooth over" some
of their concerns that "the uniform isn't cool".
How would you "grade it"? Simple. You know those "Uniform
Inspection forms" that are probably sitting in a drawer someplace
or in a file cabinet? Get them out and give it to each member of
your Troop at the next meeting. Also, do a short program on
what "constitutes" your Troop's uniform (they might not KNOW what
they are supposed to wear, like neckerchiefs and patrol patches...
or where they should go). Then, arrange to have a uniform inspection "for
free" by your Scoutmaster two or three weeks after
you do the program and hand out the forms and explain what the
Also make some additional "points" available for non-uniform things that are
also problems in your Troop like advancement,
participation in Troop or District events, I don't know...use
Then, have "guests" to conduct the Inspections during the Troop
Meeting. You can get a lot of mileage from your Troop's Commissioner (at
the same time, this person gets revealed as a
"helper of your Troop"), from your District Executive, and from
the head of your Troop's Chartered Partner organization. Have them to use
that "Inspection Sheet" to do the grading.
Then, make the "point total" really something to shoot for: like
"the Patrol with the highest point total after four months gets the prize".
(Now Mike, others have mentioned the Baden-Powell Patrol Star,
which is a great program and something which you might want to
also add-onto your Troop's "Uniform Award" program. You can get
a lot of great ideas for additional things to add onto your Troop's contest
through the Junior Leader Handbook and other
resources (like your Scoutmaster).)
Quick question (you don't have to answer it here): Does your
Scoutmaster and his or her Assistants wear THEIR uniforms to
Troop meetings? This all won't mean a thing unless they are
also brought on-line to what you and your SPL choose to use
as a contest!
Hope this all helps out!
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