Re: Uniform Costs
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 1 Sep 1996 17:24:04 +0100
What sort of message are we giving when we say " The uniform is hat,
shirt, neckerchief, belt, pants ... but you don't need to wear it all, just
what you fancy ? " Just try telling the Soccer coach that Johnny hasn't got
his complete uniform but he still wants to play ... week one he's on
the bench, week two he's off the team.
I've seen kids who " can't afford " Scout uniform, but who can afford the
latest soccer strip or expensive training shoes. Often it is a matter of
priorities rather than economics.
Yes, there will be cases of genuine hardship, then you can operate
second-hand uniform schemes, help kids to raise money by car washes or
whatever, or maybe get grants from your chartered organisation or
whatever it takes.
It's a bit like the kids who turn up to troop meetings wearing their
basketball uniform " because they didn't have time to change " ...
I said next time wear their Scout uniform to basketball ... would the
coach let them play ? No ? " OK, same applies with Scouts ... see you next
week ... "
OK, you lose a few marginal kids, but the really motivated Scouts can see
that the troop means business. Youngsters need to choose between priorities,
and if it is always Scouting that backs down the Scouts are the losers.
I've been to parents meeting where the Committee tried to plan camping
trips around sports, the eighth grade field trip, the band concert ...
no, sorry ... We plan our program, the sports teacher plans his, the
bandmaster plans his. Then the Scouts define their priorities. And if
that means that Johnny can't advance because every night and weekend is
taken up with sports, band and additional classes then that is his choice.
Let's not sell ourselves short, folks ...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City