Re: Summer Camp Uniforms
Blaine S Nay (b.nay@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 22 May 1997 00:04:11 EDT
><Marc Grey says: My troop committee hair has stated that all adults
><who attend should be in uniform. One does not have a uniform
><and refuses to wear one even if the troop buys him one. >
You didn't say whether this adult is a Scouter, or a parent who's
participating with his boy. If he's a dad who's simply going on some
campouts and attending some troop meetings, I certainly wouldn't expect
him to wear a uniform.
However, the minute he signs a registration form. the standards change.
At that point, he's expected to get trained and uniformed -- he's now a
Boy Scout and needs to act the part. I'd bet he'd have no hesitation
about wearing a uniform (at least a t-shirt) to coach Little League. It
just depends on his committment to the program.
This gentleman's attitude is not one we like to see among Scouters. We
put a lot of effort into providing good training for Scouters. The good
ones put that training to use and have effective programs that develop
There are, unfortunately, a few who think they have a better way. They
substitute their own micro-management for the patrol method, basketball
for camping, and sweatshirts/jeans for uniforms. These leaders
invariably fail to hold the interest of the boys, can't develop the boys'
leadership skils, and don't foster advancement in the troop.
Whether leader or dedicated parent, this adult needs a good review of the
aims and methods of Scouting! If he's otherwise dedicated to the aims
and methods of Scouting (ie patrol method, out door program, advancement,
etc), is properly trained, and works well with the boys, I'd probably cut
him some slack on the uniform. You might have luck getting him to at
least wear an official Scout t-shirt, polo-shirt, or even a custom troop
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City