BSA has defined methods which are the ways that Scouting’s aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the uniform”.
How is the uniform encouraged in the Boy Scout program:
- By having properly uniformed youth leaders
- By having properly uniformed adults
- By explaining what the uniform stands for and why it is important
That’s how it is supposed to be anyway. We have a good number of Scouts in our troop who regularly show up not in uniform. Our youth leaders and the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters wear them, as do some of the Committee members. I can’t say that uniforming is really a priority to our youth leaders though. We’ve talked about incentives for Scouts who show up in uniforms, but the youth leadership wants to focus on other things. It is a boy-led troop and they have a lot to do. And part of it might be that most of them wear uniforms all day at school.
Personally, I like the idea of a uniforms, but I don’t see how it can’t be forced upon them. There are times we insist they wear them. They can’t have a board of review without a uniform. And they are really really encouraged to wear them to religious services when we are camping. But for regular meetings, some of them are out of uniform more often than they are in. If asked about it, the reply is often something like “I couldn’t find it.” or “It was still dirty from the last campout.”
So what does your troop do to encourage uniforms?