Re: Uniform Costs/ Methods of Scouting
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 13:47:28 -0700
At 04:48 PM 9/5/96 UT, Bob Robinson wrote:
>There are eight methods of scouting. It appears a lot of people feel that the
>UNIFORM method is not all that important. Would you support me if I felt that
>"Patrol Method" or "Advancement" is equally unimportant? I fail to see the
>difference. National has asked none of us here to vote on the value of a
One difference that I see is that the BSA states that the uniform is
optional (and highly recommended). Adult association is mandatory.
I encourage you to verify for yourself that the uniform is _not_ required
for a boy to be an active member of the BSA. Further, I respectfully
submit that an optional method of Scouting is not quite so important as a
mandatory method of Scouting, e.g., uniforming is not quite so important as
1) Can we mold men of good character without uniforms? - Yes
2) Can we mold men of good character without adult association? - No
As always, "your mileage may vary."
Having said that, I must note in passing that I encourage the wearing of
full and complete uniform by my Scouts and I set the example by doing so
IMHO, the Scout uniform helps to support other methods such as Scouting
ideals, but is not good in and of itself. Remember, the Hitler Youth
was also a uniformed youth movement.
Food for thought:
Hubert H. Humphrey, former Senator and Vice President of the USA, was
a Scoutmaster during the Great Depression. Some of the Scouts could
not afford to buy a uniform. The troop voted to stop wearing the BSA
uniform until all of the Scouts could afford one. It took several
years before the troop donned the uniform again.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Woodbadge 416-18
Ventura County Council Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
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