Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Paula's uniform question
Paula's uniform question
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 15:09:14 -0800
You did receive out of date information at your training, but kudos
and congrats for (a) attending training, and (b) seeking out correct
instead of blindly following information that sounded incorrect to
As of last year, the shirt color for female leaders is their choice.
This is an individual choice, not one which must be made by a majority
of the female leaders in the unit. While I will concede that an
across the board consensus may make for a "uniform" group photo, there
is nothing that requires all of the female leaders in a unit to select
the same shirt.
The one potential exception to individual female leader choice that I
am aware of is that female participants in Cub Scout Trainer Woodbadge
may be required to wear yellow shirts for some portions of the
training, but even that may be a discretion call by the CM of the
course, I'm not certain.
As to the boys, No one can MAKE a boy change shirts from blue to tan.
This is NOT a pack or den decision.
This is a decision to be made by the boy and his family and is stated
as such in the BSA materials. Thus, in either a Webelos I or Webelos
II den of five boys, two could elect to stay in blue shirts and three
could switch to tan or vice versa. Again, this decision belongs to
the boy and his family.
As a practical matter, the blue shirt purchased for a new Bobcat
between first and second grade may be outgrown by the time the lad is
entering Webelos. If he needs a different shirt anyway, and if I was
asked for a suggestion by the boy or the parent, I would suggest, but
in no manner try to require, the tan shirt.
For my own son, there was little choice but move over to tan, although
he did not mind in the least 8-)
The blue shirts simply don't come large enough. With his Poppa being
6'5" and his Mommy being 5'9", he barely made it to Webelos before
needing a tan shirt just to keep him covered. A major growth spurt
and he'll need another shirt before he can finish Webelos next year,
and this first one was purchased with some grow room.
Also on uniforms, Tiger Adult partners (who are partners, not
registered pack leaders) are encouraged, but not required to purchase
a Tiger Cub shirt.
Hope this helps.
Kevin Pate email@example.com
Pack 271 CA, Adams Elementary, Norman, OK
Cub Roundtable Comm., Sooner District
District Training Team, Cub Leaders
Last Frontier Council
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Troop 248, Norman/Noble SU, Sooner Council, GSUSA
Camping Services Committee member, Sooner Council
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