Re: Uniform Costs
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 03:28:31 +0100
I believe the original post about " obsolete " uniforms came from Australia.
Certainly here in UK there is a cut-off. The major uniform review was in 1966
when we went over to long trousers for Scouts, Venture Scouts and
Leaders, and the shirts were standardised as green for Scouts and mushroom
for Venture Scouts and Leaders. From what I can recall there was a three
year transition period.
Since then we have changed from woolen pullovers to green sweatshirts for
Cub Scouts, and again I think the transition was two or three years, so
that kids could wear the old uniform until they left, then the new cohort
would have the new uniforms. At the same time we abolished Cub Scout
caps and Scout berets, and these are no longer acceptable uniform.
In UK the PLC can choose what trousers to wear with uniform. Because most
secondary schools have school uniform (not just private schools but
county schools - public schools in the American sense -) often the Scouts
vote to adopt " school " medium grey, which goes with a dark green shirt and
means that they only need one pair of uniform trousers. Also, kids
whose families are on certain welfare benefits get school uniform grants from
the Education Authority.
Other troops have adopted green trousers with patch pockets, which are
available relatively cheaply from army surplus stores. ( Cammo. trousers
are prohibited and jeans are discouraged.)
Scouts also have the option of wearing a green sweatshirt, the same as
the Cub Scouts. Some of the older girls in co-ed troops prefer them to the
shirts because they don't have pockets.
Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts have the choice of either grey short or long
trousers, with an option of jogging bottoms to match the sweatshirt for
So in fact, if the unit chooses to adopt " school uniform " grey it means
that the majority of kids only have to buy a shirt and scarf , and in the
case of the Scouts a leather belt. ( And I have seen kids wearing the
belt with school uniform, probably because they can't be bothered to
take it off their trousers <g> )
But the point is, once the PLC has agreed the uniform everyone is
expected to wear it ...
AGSL 25th Greenwich
Greater London South, London UK
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