Re: Embarressed by uniform.....NOT I
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 14:07:33 -0400
I wear mine around too, if I'm going to a scout function or coming back
from one. I'll stop at the gas station, grocery store, hardware store,
etc. I had a great conversation with a young man and his girl friend one
night in front of the grocery store because of it. He was very proud to
sdtate that he had been "a first class scout."
I think it's generally harder for the boys, though, at least in urban
areas. They either think they're going to be hassled, or they actually
are hassled. I'm not sure which. But, the key I think is build a good
program and make it clear that the uniform is expected, and most of the
boys will make an effort. I also make it clear to my leaders in
particular that I expect them to set the example.
I had an ASPL show up the other night in a dirty baseball uniform; he'd
just come from practice. I told lhim I expected him in full uniform in
the future. He said he'd just come from practice and hadn't had time to
change. I said "bring your uniform with you to practice and change when
you get here. Or else wear your scout uniform to practice and see what
your coach says about his uniform policy."
He got the message.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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