Ned Jacklin (LASNJ@CCMAIL.CECO.COM)
Mon, 9 Sep 1996 18:13:44 CST
This uniform thread was discussed at some length early this summer.
I'm the guy who started it that time. My question at that time
related to Scouts not wearing their uniforms at scouting functions,
but wearing their football, soccer, or band uniforms to those
functions (and in the case of the first two, even wearing them to
The tone I closed my post with was that I feel the Scouts should be
wearing their uniforms to meetings since I know it would be highly
unacceptable for them to show up to a football game, soccer game, or
band concert wearing a Scout uniform. It was suggested by some
(please don't misinterpret my tone here by my phrasing; I welcomed the
suggestions and insight) that I ease up a little. In today's world,
the three uniforms I use for examples are more socially acceptable
than the Scout uniform and there is some peer pressure that the boys
I hadn't previously considered this viewpoint, and asked my own two
boys about it. They both agreed that they really don't face an undue
amount of pressure regarding their uniforms. Our town is fairly rural
and not at all yuppie, so I suppose there may be different pressures
in different locations.
Another reply which was posted asked how one can really turn away
someone willing to volunteer X number of hours a week for not wearing
a uniform. To this I say it's simple. My boys VOLUNTEER to play
football and a uniform is expected. I VOLUNTEERED to play in an
American Legion band for many years and a uniform was expected. I am
a VOLUNTEER fireman, and either full turnout gear or a uniform is
expected, as appropriate. I feel we can certainly expect our
VOLUNTEERS, both youth and adult, to wear a uniform.
We have never been overly picky about full uniform. However, we will
make a Scout button his shirt and tuck it in. We will strongly
encourage him not to wear sweat shorts or sweat pants with his
uniform. We would prefer at least clean jeans in good condition. We
do have a few families where money is a factor, especially the
families that have Dad and two boys in Scouts. But as long as we
provide enough fund raisers, the boys should be able to earn enough
money to buy shirts.
For those asking how to get the boys to wear their uniforms, we have
never really mandated it. We mostly lead by example, and gentle
suggestions that it sure would be nice to see everyone in uniform.
And when a Scout who has been delinquent in wearing his uniform
finally shows up in uniform, we make a big deal out of it in a
positive way with some applause at a meeting. These Scouts usually
are pretty good about continuing to wear their uniforms.
Ned Jacklin, SM
Morris IL USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City