Re: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
Bob Morehead (rmorehead@NLS.NET)
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:19:27 -0400
Ginny Gillam raised some interesting questions on this subject. I'll
confess up front, I don't know the answer. We have several Scouts in
our troop that refuse to wear their uniforms (one prefers to wear baggy
pants that hang halfway down his butt!) and have so far been
unsuccessful in convincing them otherwise. The attitude may be somewhat
worse than when I was a kid, but the basics haven't changed. Even way
back then, the uniform just wasn't "cool." Some kids are simply
embarrassed by it, and we haven't quite figured out how to overcome
Now, while I don't know what the answer IS, I feel comfortable that I
know what it is NOT. I agree wholeheartedly with Ginny on this one.
Bribing Scouts to do Scout things teaches a very bad lesson. I also
agree that the "excess" money (as if there ever IS such a thing in a
Scout troop!) would be much better spent for camperships.
That being said, I do see some merit in the idea of healthy competition
among the patrols to reinforce Scoutlike demeanor. A pizza party for
the patrol that does best with uniform and grooming seems harmless
enough. Having the "losers" unload all the gear is a bad idea, though.
"A Scout is Helpful." Everyone should be doing this job.
ASM, Troop 381
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