Re: Uniforming Cubs
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 02:16:17 -0600
>Our pack would like to begin to improve our uniforming. We also >need to
have a uniform inspection, which hasn't happened in a >couple years.
You mean you don't do them during your charter review period?
Shame, shame, shame *hehehhheee*
>1) How do you go about having a uniform inspection? When do you >do it?
Who does it? Brass?
Brass? *surprised look of "I got it!"* OH!! You mean the Commissioner of
your Pack! Of course he or she should do it! It's part of his or her's job!!
Seriously, Jan, your Pack should set aside part of the Pack's Meeting for
the annual Uniform inspection and review. This could be during the "as they
gather period" and should NOT be done in my opinion as a "complete Pack".
Cubs don't have that much attention
span for such an formalized event. Doing it as a Den works out much better
for everyone around.
The Cub Scout Inspection sheets (ask your Commissioner for them;
I betcha he or she could only find one or two....*grinning*) is
what is used to conduct the inspection (and for Momma and Pappa
to "fix the uniform according to"...it works better than the books!)by.
Don't try to come up with a "sheet" for your Pack.
Use the stuff that's there, so that there won't be any hurt feelings.
>2) Is there some way to get a hold of some additional uniform >shirts,
both blue and khakki (sp)? My DA runs our church >clothing closet and gets
what she can but we have been recycling >within the Pack for so long that we
are completely out.
I have two Cub shirts that I can send your way. Send me your snailmail
address. Ask your District Executive to help you here, since he or she
knows pretty well (or should!!) where all of the "hidden shirts are buried".
Somehow, the BSA has rounded up just about all of the current shirts and
there's not as many of the newer shirts out there as there were the older
ones. And since Sal Army and Goodwill are no longer
"supposed" to sell Scouting uniforms, your Council may have an
entire *basement* full of uniforms. I know in Cincinnati a while
back there was a whole bunch of uniforms that were given to the Council and
someone has them (whom, I don't know...the last three times I've been there,
nobody could tell me!).
You might also run a "rotating ad" in your county newspapers, asking those
former Scouts and Cubs to consider donating their shirts to the Pack or to a
Troop. One of the Troops does just that here.
Hey...how come you don't have WEBELOS Cub Scouts, Jan? Don't they
stick around long enough?
>I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll use dues to get Bear
>neckerchiefs, pick up the Bear books and hope for reimbursement >so we can
at least all start in the same place this year.
>Last year it took two months to get uniforms and books. We've >decided we
may raffle Cub Scout Belts at Pack Meetings because >the other Wolf den and
I are going to combine forces this summer >and do belt loop activities.
However, only 3 or 4 boys have >belts.
Ask your chartered partner for a one-time "donation" for your books and belts.
>3) What about hats? Is it ok to use the "Wolf" hat during the >bear year?
I didn't know that there's a separate "Bear hat", Jan. Sure,
I would go for the belt rather than insuring that every kid has
>At $8.10 apiece, I'd rather try to get the boys a belt, >neckerchief and
proper shirt. We have no Pack policies regarding >uniforming. Then next
year, we'd invest in Webelos hats.
>Any other suggestions on how we can improve uniforming on a >budget. For
most of the boys in the Pack, a $23 shirt would be >the most expensive piece
of clothing they have.
Ask your chartered partner to "pitch in" and to help your Pack out. Also
check out your local United Way/Appeal and see if your
Pack qualifies for a special UM grant. Use that money for the
shirt and the books....the neckerchiefs are nice, Jan, but we've
went almost twenty years without special neckerchiefs for Bears.
We used the same ones for the Wolves. Same with the belt. The
belt loops didn't come along for years. But each Cub needs to have
their own book; each Cub needs to have a shirt.
You might want to "hit up" the Rotarians and the Lions Clubs (longtime
supporters of Scouting) to provide your Pack with a small grant for books or
Hope those things help!
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