Kevin Roderick/Datatel (Kevin_Roderick@DATATEL.COM)
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 11:23:45 EDT
Sorry, but I disagree. In general, our troop leadership has adopted an
"activity appropriate" uniform policy. For the most part, our weekly Troop
meetings do not usually require a Class A uniform (see policy below). I have
found that the boys are very reluctant to wear their Class A for the weekly
meetings and that they are much more willing to wear the Class B. Truth be
known, I don't blame them. I have never liked the Class A uniform and find it
extremely uncomfortable. In fact, I only wear the thing because I love
Scouting (not the uniform). I wish BSA would update the it and offer a variety
of Class A uniforms, allowing the individual troops to decide which one the
prefer (like the neckerchiefs), but that is a topic of discussion for another
If the overall purpose of the uniform is to provide a sense of unity in the
troop, of oneness with the other scouts, of pride in belonging, etc. (which I
believe it is), then I don't see any significant advantage in wearing a Class A
over a Class B. Am I missing something?
I give a weekly uniform inspection with gummy bears as a reward to those who
reach a certain score. I give bonus credit if they wear their Class A
uniform. Some do, most don't, but those that do earn extra gummy bears.
Our troop uniform policy is as follows:
Class A uniforms are required for the following events/activities:
Courts of Honors
Boards of Review
Departures for campouts
Any other time deemed necessary by the Scoutmaster/Troop leadership
While a Class A uniform is always acceptable, Class B uniforms are allowed ONLY
whenever Class A is NOT required. A Class B uniform is defined in our troop as
the Red Scout polo shirt, nice pants or shorts (No holes, cutoffs, or
gymshorts), belt, and shoes (No sandals allowed).
The other reason that I don't make a big deal over the uniform issue is that
many of my scouts come from families that are financially strapped. I never
want a boy to feel a lack of self worth because his parents won't or can't
afford to buy him a full Class A uniform. I strongly encourage the parents to
spend Christmas and birthday money on scout uniforms and scouting equipment,
then I encourage the boys to where whatever pieces of the uniform they have. I
believe that the overall quality of the program and what the boy gets out of it
depends very little on whether or not he (and for the matter the rest of the
troop) wears a complete Class A uniform. Just my 2 cents.
Hope this helps.
Scoutmaster, Troop 878
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From: jd @ ULTRANET.COM ("James P Dwyer, III") @ Net
Date: 08/26/96 11:11:03 PM
Please help me out. We are trying to restart a troop. There were 4 boys
in the troop already aged about 14. My family and a few others have
joined this troop from our cub pack and we just recently crossed over
some other boys from our pack. We are in the midst of writing by-laws
for the troop and had a very heated discussion about uniforms. I feel
very strongly that the boys should wear their class A's at weekly troop
meetings and should only go to class B's possibly \during summer meeting
months. Some of the people argued that this should be voted on by the
committee and go by that decision ---they feel the only time for class
A's would be at Court of Honors.
My feeling why have a scout uniform if theyre not going to wear it and
why only once every three months ??
I'd like to know what other troops do and please tell me if I'm right.
"The more we persist in doing something, the easier it becomes. Not that the
nature of the thing itself has changed, but that our ability to do so has
-- Heber J. Grant
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