Re: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
Kevin Oneslager (eagle@SOUND.NET)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 12:16:14 -0500
The way that I reward Scouts for wearing their uniform is by utilizing the
Scout Spirit requirement for advancement. If the boy does not want to wear
the uniform, then he does not show scout spirit. Giving money to a boy for
wearing the uniform is completely wrong. That sets a bad example for the
boy to live by. As all of us adults know, you don't always get rewarded
for the tasks that you do on a daily basis.
That is my two cents worth,
From: The Gillams [SMTP:a2m5u8gt@COASTALNET.COM]
Sent: Monday, August 10, 1998 12:21 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
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.
I don't like what this teaches today's youth; that you must always be
rewarded for something you do. This is already practiced in too many
Why be involved in Scouts if you don't feel comfortable in the uniform. It
was suggested to give them a gift certicate to the Scout shop but it was
insisted that only money would do the trick.
Earlier in the year it was suggested that it be a patrol grading system
a reward for the patrol with the highest points and the lowest points
getting latrine duty or something else. Leaders seem to have forgotten
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"
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.
Pack 164 2nd Yr. Webelos Leader
Troop 164 Secretary/Treasurer
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City