Katie sent in this question:
Hello, I am the Religious Emblems Coordinator for our troop and have been for the past 3 years. I am also a committee member at large. I’ve never bought myself a boy scout uniform. In your opinion, should I be wearing one? I’m beginning to think I should, but no one has ever asked me to, or invited me to, so I don’t want to raise myself too high by getting one. Thanks for your thoughts and input.
Thanks for the question Katie.
Yes, you should wear a uniform. As a committee member you are a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, and therefore you can wear the Boy Scout uniform as an adult leader.
Wearing a uniform will identify you as an adult leader in the unit. It will also set a good example for the youth. Robert Baden-Powell said
Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.
If the youth see the adults in uniforms, they are more willing to wear the uniforms. If the adults are not in uniform, then the youth are often less willing to wear them.
So go ahead and get that uniform.