Re: Uniform Pants
Stuart D Snook (dchi72@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 08:47:25 -0500
I beg to differ on the issues presented on the last post concerning
As a professionals myself, my Scout Executive and I, both encourage
uniform banks. We tell parents at every school night that uniforms are
available at the Scout shop, but to try looking at garage sales, second
hand stores, or even ask neighbors with older boys. As a youth in the
program, every DE that served our district openly supported our troops
uniform bank, and several of them actively sought donations from
As far as kids who may not have the proper funding for a uniform, most
professionals that I have dealt with attempt to secure local donations to
outfit low income units. I have a newly formed cub pack of kids who
could not afford to pay their registration, let alone buy uniforms or
books. The local civic clubs have stepped forward and provided these
kids with the funds necessary to be (in the kids words) "proper scouts".
At my training course in Dallas, the issue of rural and inner city kids
affording uniforms came up. The training staff highly encouraged the use
of uniform banks. They suggested that a local business could be a drop
off point for old uniforms, and new parents could get uniforms there.
In an age where parents are buying $80 jeans, $120 shoes, $50 shirts, and
sports equipment in excess of $100, a $20 Cub Scout shirt seems to be
reasonably priced. If have parents tell me that they cannot afford to
buy a uniform and their child is standing next to me in $150 Doc Martin
Boots, a $55 Ralph Lauren shirt, and $80 jeans. I have other parents
that it is quite truthful when they say that they cannot afford a
uniform. In a state like Louisiana, where poverty is a national past
time, this is a big issue.
So much for my fifteen minutes of attention, I will get off of my soap
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