Uniforms, Wood Badge Ticket Item
Johnson, Charles E. (johnsoce@BASF-CORP.COM)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 06:19:56 -0400
I just finished the SR-200 Wood Badge course last night. If I can
stay awake, I'll start working my ticket today. One of my ticket
items is to promote uniform wearing by starting and maintaining
a uniform bank for the troop.
So, first, I want to use my resource of Scouts-L and invite those of
you that have extra uniforms lying around just taking up space to
e-mail me privately so that I can help you get rid of them. :-)
I also want to echo much of what's been said concerning uniform
wearing by the Scouts. When I was a Scout I was scared to death
that one of my schoolmates would see me in my uniform, at first.
So, I think we need to encourage the Scouts to wear their full
uniforms. However, we must realize that their fears are real.
When I began in Scouts our troop didn't wear full uniforms; merely
a Scout shirt with most of the insignia attached. By his gentle
persuasion and his example (mostly the latter), my Scoutmaster
was gradually able to get us all to wear our full uniforms consistently.
Looking back I realize why Uniforming deserves to be one of the eight
methods. Wearing our uniforms affected our attitude and that had an
effect on our behavior. When we were in full uniform we acted like
Scouts. When we only wore our Scout shirts we acted like a bunch of
kids pretending to be Scouts.
We need to encourage, entice, and cajole the Scouts to wear their
uniforms. We should praise them openly when they do so. But mostly
we need to set the example. It's their troop we need to convince them
that it will make their troop better if they'll wear their uniforms.
On the other hand, I'd rather have a boy attending his Scout meetings
in street clothes than have him not attending at all. It's kind of hard to
achieve the Aims of Scouting if they aren't even there.
ASM Troop 376, Palmetto Council, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City