Re: Uniforms: Scouters/Scouts
Jo Ernst (njernst@LOGICSOUTH.COM)
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 17:42:39 -0400
In our troop we "Say NO to Crack." That is exactly what the boys are told.
Failure to wear the uniform correctly falls under the category of "scout
spirit." and as far as our troop are concerned, a Scout who does not wear
the uniform correctly, does not advance. I have a meeting with the parents
and explain the wear of the uniform to them and how it applies to rank
advancement, team spirit, esprit de corps, and behavior. If I am asked by a
parent if the uniform is required, my standard answer is "if your son joins
a ball team, is the uniform "required?" When they reply in the affirmative,
they have their answer; although I have only had that question asked twice.
In my experience, Scouts in uniform (with it worn properly) tend to be
better behaved than Scouts that are not--this was extremely evident at the
last Merit Badge University I attended.
Our troop's rules are very simple:
1. The uniform is required. (if a family cannot afford one, methods are in
place to help... No we are not a rich troop, in fact we are almost broke.
And we do not have an extensive uniform closet. What experienced items we
do have are smaller sizes.)
2. Shirt tails (Scout shirt or t-shirts) must be tucked in at all times.
(There are few exceptions)
3. Pants must be worn at the waist.
4. The neckerchief, worn under the collar for the boys (they voted on
this), is part of the "class A" uniform and is required whenever the Boy
Scout shirt is worn. T-Shirts worn under the Boy Scout shirt are to be the
red troop t-shirt or red long-sleeve shirt in winter.
5. We do not wear boy scout hats to sports activities, therefore we wear
only the troop hat to boy scouts.
6. Hats are removed indoors (except when participating in a flag ceremony).
Sounds strict??? Maybe but the boys comply... new boys are "clued in" by
the older ones. Troop is growing because the boys are bringing their
friends. There is no adult "actively recruiting" anyone; but there are
other troops trying to get our boys to move to their troops. Unfortunately,
this is most widely practiced by the adults.
SM Troop 813
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