Re: Troop Neckerchief
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 09:38:38 -0600
In message <199707251446.IAA28117@stortek.com>, Roland Campos said:
> I couldn't believe my ears when they unanimously voted
> the neckerchief back in. Pretty astounding to me. I guess the SPL really
> learned something at our council Junior Leader Training (Whitefire).
I let our troop (all four of them when we started) vote on the uniform,
letting them know a clean, buttoned, tucked-in scout shirt was the bare
minimum. I also said the full uniform was my preference. The scout shirt
was the unanimous selection. Since then, I have been trying to get the
scouts to design a troop logo to go on troop neckerchiefs and t-shirts.
I have been raising the issue for the past year, and at the PLC two nights
ago, I finally got agreement that a troop neckerchief would "look really
sharp", and a commitment to get a troop logo designed. In addition, since we
finally have two patrols, they will discuss an inter-patrol contest next
meeting, with extra points for wearing more of the uniform (pants, belt,
socks) at meetings. The prize is the winning patrol gets a campout at which
the adults cook for them. The ASPL said, "Yeah...they cook really well!" so
I hope this will be enough incentive to get some peer pressure for a better
uniform. Then once we have most of the scouts in uniform, I hope the PLC
will vote to make more of it mandatory.
It is a long process, and sometimes subterfuge is required. I told them they
get to run the troop, and I meant it. That does not mean I can't work on
getting them to see things my way, now does it?
SM Troop 70
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