Some of the Scouts have noticed that they are asked to remove their jackets and hats when in the building. Adults frequently remind Scouts to tuck in their shirts and straighten their neckerchiefs. We recently had a chat about the proper way to dress for a Court of Honor.
I believe that Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. I want boys to be proud not only of their association with Scouting, but with the accomplishments they dis-
play on their uniform (Rank, patrol, Troop number, special temporary patches, etc). Adults in our Troop model this behavior by displaying their full uniform at meeting and outings.
I do not want to turn into uniform police, and I do not punish boys that are not in full uniform. I do want to promote a culture where boys are proud of their Troop, their patrol, and their association with the World brotherhood of Scouting and they are happy to show off their (properly worn) uniform.