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Why Uniforms?

Lord Robert Baden Powell on the Purpose of Scout Uniforms

 

The leaders of Scouting (both volunteer and professional) promote the wearing of the correct, complete uniform on all suitable occasions.

Just as a sports uniform identifies a boy or a girl with a team, the Scout uniform identifies a boy or a girl with the largest voluntary youth movement in the world.

The complete Scout uniform tends to diminish the importance of a person’s financial, social, and ethnic background, while clearly showing each individual’s scouting accomplishments. By dressing alike, Scouts show they are equals. As quoted from the Handbook for Boys, 3rd Edition, 1927; “….putting on the uniform does not make a fellow a Scout, but putting on the uniform is a sign to the world that one has taken the Scout obligations and folks expect Scout-like acts from one wearing it”.

There are MANY benefits to having our Scouts in complete BSA uniform. The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment. 

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