Re: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
Michael Salvetti (msalvett@LINKNET.KITSAP.LIB.WA.US)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 15:35:00 -0700
On Mon, 10 Aug 1998, 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.
If they do not like to wear a uniform than it might be pointed out to them
during their sm conference or bor, that they would not be advancing in
rank without wear a uniform. As far as giving money to the scouts the
committee needs a awake up call and remind them this is scouting. Since
when do you pay anybody to wear a uniform.
> 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 ever happen to recognition to a scout wearing a complete uniform to
me thats reward enough.
> I don't like what this teaches today's youth; that you must always be
> rewarded for something you do.
Your right that is wrong and scouting does not promote that kind of reward
system. They are teaching them the wrong thing.
> Earlier in the year it was suggested that it be a patrol grading system with
> a reward for the patrol with the highest points and the lowest points
> getting latrine duty or something else.
There is a grading system. There is a form for grading and having a
complete unform you use it for unform inspection. The scout that gets the
highest points gets honor in front of the troop by the sm. ( a hand shake)
> Leaders seem to have forgotten this
> idea. Making it a team effort makes it more equal and teaches how to work
> with others. Let the team that wins have a pizza party or let the loosers
> unload all the gear. How is this kind of thinking teaching "Scouting"
I would not use this as team effort. This is for each scout to do on their
own merit. This is one way of showing scout spirit.
> Why not put this money to use for a "needy camper fund". Not every boy's
> parents have the finances to send their son to camp or struggle with
> providing camping gear. Plus the Troop doesn't have that much money to
> begin with in their budget.
Thats a good idea.
> Ginny Gillam
> Pack 164 2nd Yr. Webelos Leader
> Troop 164 Secretary/Treasurer
> Edenton, NC
I hope this helps
May the scouting spirit live long and prosper
Michael Salvetti I have done so much with so
Troop 1541 little for so long, I can
Committee Member now do everything with nothing.
Eagle Dad 1997
Chief Seattle Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City