Re: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
Susan Best (sbest@NET-THING.NET)
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 11:30:26 -0500
Please, while I responded to the question, let's not resurrect the thread
about whether proper uniforming should be required at all times (as opposed
At 01:21 PM 8/10/98 -0400, The Gillams wrote:
>Some of our Troop's Scouts do not relish wearing their uniforms so it was
>suggested at a Committee meeting that they be given a reward of "money"
>after 6 months and then again after another 6 months, twice a year. These
>Scouts are currently getting various points for wearing uniform, neatness,
>arriving on time, etc but the prize or whatever has not been decided. If
>money, the possible amount awarded could be $100 bucks for first place.
What our Troop did this spring was set up a Patrol Challenge. Every week
there was a uniform inspection (not something that we had done previously
on a regular basis). A scoring sheet was prepared (we didn't use the
standard BSA form, we wanted something a bit simpler to work with - and
looked primarily at the basics, not necessarily were the patches sown on
The uniform inspection was based on 10 points for a perfect score. Based
on the score for each person, an average score for each patrol was
obtained. Over several weeks, the scores were added up and when a patrol
had 50 points, we would buy the patrol pizza (paid for by my husband, not
the troop). One stipulation - they had to have a minimum score the night
they got the pizza (I forget what it was - it might have been a 9). We
weren't looking for perfection, but were trying to encourage them to wear
the proper uniform parts.
Over the weeks of the competition, the state of uniforming improved
dramatically. However, shortly after that, school ended and we went to our
summer uniform (whatever you happen to be wearing). I don't know what kind
of long term effect this will have.
>I don't like what this teaches today's youth; that you must always be
>rewarded for something you do.
I don't like the idea of giving cash money. However, we all need
encouragement at times to do that which may not be something that we really
want to do. Sometimes we even need encourage to do that which we want to
do, but not just now.
Many companies have traditionally provided extra incentives for their sales
forces to work a bit harder to make more sales. Should we say that getting
their salary should be enough incentive for them to work as hard as
We all need to feel some reward for what we do (even if the reward is just
a pat on the back or the "good feelings" that are sometimes expressed in
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