Re: UNIFORM INSPECTIONS
Tim Harkness (harkness@PTA6000.PLD.COM)
Wed, 21 May 1997 12:27:42 +0000
On 21 May 97 at 13:54, AL DEBENEDETTO wrote:
> I am a second year cubscout den leader and have enjoyed it immensely. I am
> contemplating joining the Pack Committee. I would like to go to the next Pack
> Committee meeting with some ideas for a problem our Pack seems to have. Our
> first inspection back in Nov., 1996 brought about much concern and confusion
> to some of our new den leaders. They did not see the Uniform Inspection as a
> positive influence on the scouts. Here is their arguement: If the boys come
For Cub Scouts, the uniform inspection if to do one thing, get the
boys uniformed. An under handed trick may be, but works. Some boys
may not get a a uniform at all if this is not done. But announce an
inspection and then there is a run to get "get my son in uniform."
What I (Cubmaster) do is announce the inspection and hand out to
all boys an inspection sheet to give to the parents. Then when the
day comes, I go from den to den (we have our den meeting in a
building and each den is in a separate room.) and announce I am here
for the inspection. The boys look rather serious about the
inspection, but soon learn it is a game from my point of view and
should not be taken serious. Now remember I use common sense when
judging a den then to judge the boy. ie, is this the wolf, bear or
webelos den, then how long has this boy been in cub scouts.
Start from the wolf cubs. They are "just beginning." So I take it
easy on them. I look for appearance and "joke" with the boys about a
finger nails, drawing on hands. (Yes they may have been bored at
school or a friend drew a picture on their hand or arm.) I joke with
them and have a good time. The boys can't keep a straight face and I
can't keep from smiling and looking "tough." I point out the
problems with emblems and where the patch should go, arrangement,
and so forth.
The bears I am tougher on and the Webelos had better be ready to get
scrutinized as they are about ready for Boy Scouts and should know
better about appearance. But still, we have fun at it.
I keep the inspection sheets and no awards are given so no one is
demoralized or made better than others. But most of all is the
In general, have the inspection but have a good time at it.
CM P61 ASM T59
"It is hard to make things fool-proof when the fools are so ingenious."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City