Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:24:30 -0500
Steve Hoar wrote:
> The point is this. If the boys take pride in their unit, their
> and in scouting they will take pride in their uniform. I've seen some
> pretty poor kids come up with complete uniforms when the started
> achieving and taking pride in what they were doing.
> I used to be part of the 'let em wear jeans' crowd but I noticed that
> when the troop became the boys troop they began to set their
> own standards and began to show their pride. People will perform to
> the expectations you place upon them. But you gotta lead them to
> the expectations...you cannot impose them.
You are exactly right. We (scouters in our Troop) are all fully
uniformed. Some of the boys are, as well. Most wear the shirt with
jeans. We *encourage* the full uniform, but... It's the *boys'* troop,
and they have chosen jeans with shirt and neckerchief as the minimum
requirement. And ya know what? I'll bet ours are as proud of their
uniform as a "fully" uniformed troop is.
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City