Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 08:57:00 PDT
When I was Cubmaster I always wore 100% complete uniform.
Few others in the pack, boy or adult, followed my example.
The previous CC made the mistake of actually saying "only the
shirt is required - Scout pants are optional". Once someone says
something is optional no amount of encouragement will get
them to spring for the extra expense.
After a new CC was in place, my uniform policy was just "the
official Scout uniform consists of shirt, pants, socks, etc." I made
no statement about what our pack required and what was
optional. That way I avoided the fight with the parents that feel
we couldn't REQUIRE everyone to have a full uniform. At the
same time I never said any part of the uniform was optional so
the IMPLICATION was that it was all required.
Why do you and I wear the complete uniform? Answer that
question and you may find a way to encourage the rest of
your leadership to do the same. Make sure they all go to
training and see other leaders in full uniform besides just
yourself. At pack leaders' meetings remind them we lead
by example. At our District training they point blank tell the
new leaders they are all expected to wear full uniforms all
the time. Uniforms are expensive and I would never get in
the habit of buying them for the leaders no matter how well
off the pack is. I just don't think the pack could maintain that
So here are some suggestions: Have the pack buy the
leaders their new badge of office, Quality Unit patch, and
service star just like we do for the boys. If you give them
something that has to go on a uniform and you give it to them
publicly at a pack meeting then you are clearly telling
them to be in uniform. Also, let them know about the tax
deduction they can take for such expenses as their own
leader's uniform. I've had good success talking to a leader
one on one and requesting that they set a good example by
wearing a uniform.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City