Re: Cub Scout Uniforms optional
- The fact that uniforms are encouraged by not mandatory is can also be seen in the updated rules for Boy Scout Boards of Review in updated publication 33088, Guide to Advancement, available at www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
188.8.131.52 Wearing the Uniformor Neat in Appearance
It is preferred a Scout be in full fi eld uniform for any
board of review. He should wear as much of it as he
owns, and it should be as correct as possible, with the
badges worn properly. It may be the uniform as the
members of his troop, team, crew, or ship wear it.
If wearing all or part of the uniform is impractical for
whatever reason, the candidate should be clean and
neat in his appearance and dressed appropriately,
according to his means, for the milestone marked by
the occasion. Regardless of unit expectations or rules,
boards of review may not reject candidates dressed to
this description; neither may they require the purchase
of uniforming, or clothing such as coats and ties.
There are many other sections that also address the uniform at all levels of Scouting. As noted, the are a method scouting, they are highly encouraged (and I agree units should help Scouts acquire them as necessary), but they are not mandatory
Bill Nelson in VA
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "gerrymoon32817" <gerrymoon32817@...> wrote [partial edited answer}
> Uniforms are one of the "methods" of Scouting- the way we deliver the program....No way we'd want to deny a boy participation because he doesn't have / can't afford a uniform, and they are not "required". >
--- In email@example.com, "danielgrummert" <dangrummert@> wrote:
> > I was taught that Cub Scout uniforms were optional and Boy Scout Uniforms were required. Is this correct? Any "offical" references to back either position up?
> > Dan
- Scouting organizations may not discriminate against scouts who do not have the means to purchase uniforms (see quote below from the end of the regulation cited earlier).
One key question here is: if the scout has the means to purchase or other access to uniform (provided by unit, district or council for example) but chooses not to wear then uniform how should this affect the scout's advancement?
Lacking means to buy a uniform is different than rejecting this part of the scouting method (refusing to wear the uniform).
On Nov 6, 2011, at 10:16 AM, Bill wrote:
> neither may they require the purchase
> of uniforming, or clothing such as coats and ties.
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