Re: Uniform Thougts
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 08:32:29 -0500
Cliff Golden wrote:
Scout #1. Believes in Scouting Ideals but doesn't own a Full Uniform.
Scout #2. Wears a Full Uniform but doesn't believe in Scouting Ideals. <=
How about Scout #3. Believes in Scouting Ideals and wears
a full uniform?
Or Scout #4. Believes in Scouting Ideals, wears the full uniform,
takes part in a troop outdoors experience at least once a month,
is an active member of his patrol working as part of a team,
providing leadership as a den chief, while working on his own
to earn merit badges and advance to Eagle, while giving service
back to his community?
Cliff, the idea is to use *all* the methods of scouting. There
is no reason for a unit to give short shrift to one method
As was previously posted, no unit is perfect. But as leaders
our job is to maximize the use of each method in the program
to help achieve our aims. Your Scoutmaster Handbook doesn't
say to pick some of these things - it says to use them all!
By the way, much has been made of the "cost" of the uniform
pants, I wish that the blue jeans that my two sons insist on
wearing could be purchased for the same price!
Others have said that the uniform isn't as durable as jeans.
In my troop, wearing out uniform pants isn't the problem - =
the boys grow out of them first.
Having an active uniform bank (and making sure that everyone
uses it) is the key to promoting full uniforming in the
I haven't heard anyone who supports full uniforming
trying to make it the one defining factor of a "quality"
unit, or anyone support a "full uniform 24 hours a day"
policy, although those that favor only uniform shirts
seem to think that this is the only alternative.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.14
District Advancement Chair, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City