Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 22 Sep 1998 to 23 Sep 1998
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 07:59:02 -0700
CLASS A or B or C or D-----------
What to wear or All dressed up and nowhere to go
A Troops Class A uniform speaks for itself and the standards of the troop
the uniform. Hopefully a commissioner is monitoring the unit for
During my tenure as SM and after discovering the annual,planning process
and rethinking just who my customer was (who do I really have a contract
instructed my SPL and PLs to make a written contract or proposal based on
planning process APP and include in that document among other
understandings, the Uniform class
nomenclature (with or without the scout pants, etc) and a description of
Class B uniform and when and where they were to be worn.
The boys understood that the troops use of Class A vs the military use of
Class A and the term here is just one of convenience (every try Class 1 or
"the full uniform"?)
We had no other
classes and during rough, dirty or other appropriate activity any
appropriate clothing was allowed. The Boys usually chose a Class B uniform
of a T Shirt or polo style shirt that had a troop or patrol identity icon
on it. A plain white (or any other color) T shirt with a hand written or
drawn T-XXX or "OWLS" or Xxxxx Church was allowed. This stimulated patrol
identity and actvivity.
In the past I have noted that certain t-shirts that were designed and
purchased with little boy input were hastily discarded. An the colors are
atrocious for scouting purposes. Few would pass the dirt test. (Just how
dirty is that shirt on the 3rd day of summer camp?
The SM (thats why we get the big bucks, right?)had a heavy influence on
just where those uniform were worn.
Other guides were: When in public ,Class A as much as possible,
or" Gentlemen dress for dinner hence requiring Class A for breakfast and
dinner but classB was OK for lunch (at camp or especially at summer camp).
As a result, Boys always wore a uniform because they had a choice when
choice was an option. Courts of Honor and other public appearances like
Food Drive or even certain campouts (requiring hiking in a public location
) would call for Class A.(Lets show them(the public) who we are,Guys)
If a boy forgot or would not remember to bring a uniform to a scout meeting
,he could be sent home (troop discipline--another story) or the SPL had a
spare Class B in the locker for temporary use.
The contract has been in place now for several years and is reviewed each
year for changes but now as troop leadership comes amd goes there is
continuity of simple matters that have worked and keep working.
Kind of like the simple book the BSA Handbook for Boys is.
We made it simple. We made it Fun
And we got it in writing.
Never Do A Job A Boy Can Do.
Remember the business we are in...
Red Coat in Spokane
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City