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That’s right, I post a blog about Uniforms and open a can of worms all over the place.
I have posted previously about smart uniforms for the right occasions and how I firmly believe that respect for others is not just how you feel, but how your actions make them feel. But I’d like to talk about the corollary of that today and talk about how uniform makes others feel in a non-formal setting. If you get hung up on always insisting things are pristine, I have some valuable advice.
Have some fun.
Scouting is about three core tenets: Everyday Adventure, Fun and Friendship and Having a positive impact. If we’re showing our young people as forever formal, always impeccably neat and rigid, we’re not showing the world the key thing about Scouting- how much fun it is to be involved! We should never, ever, put our young people in the frame of mind that when they put on their uniforms that that’s when the fun stops- when they put on their uniform is when the adventure should begin!
If we can’t do that, we’re doing more to hurt Scouting traditions than preserve them
Our brand is more than just a swooshy logo, green and purple and a bold font. It’s our tone of voice, how we interact with others and more than anything its what we do. Ask yourself- what is it that sets Scouting apart from a uniformed youth club? It’s our sense of adventure, our thirst to do more, to build on our heritage, but not be restricted by it. There are always going to be changes in Scouting as society changes and we need to adapt with it- that’s why Scouting is called a movement.
Last year I loved this photo from the Day of Celebration and Achievement in London- Queens Scout Jason hi-fiving a cub as he passes. Whilst certainly not formal, it highlights everything positive about what took him there. It’s the same when we look at the more modern Scout publication like the Haynes manual Guide to Scouting- half the pictures show uniform using informally and in an active setting, with members of all sections being active and having fun.
Below I suggest a few ideas as to how uniform can be worn for different activities.
So how do you wear yours? Tweet @ScoutManDan with the hashtag #howdoyouwearyours
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