Why Do We Wear Uniforms?
The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. There are many reasons for this. One reason stands out above all the rest. We wear the uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed-character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.
The fact that youth and adult members of Scouting wear a uniform doesn't mean that we're all alike. We come from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We have our own religious beliefs and political views. We are each individuals with our own family traditions and loyalties. So the uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. But it is a way we give each other strength and support. It is a bond that ties us together in spite of our differences. It is a way of making visible our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.
The Scouting movement is built on positive values. As we wear the uniform, we are openly identifying ourselves with those values where everyone can see us. We stand together, not alone, in encouraging others to live by those same principles. Boys and adults alike should take pride in belonging to such a movement and wear the uniform as it is intended.
Troop 122 requires that all of our Scouts are in uniform. The uniform shirt with the appropriate Council, Troop, and Rank insignia, the Troop beret, and Troop neckerchief are the minimum requirement and should be worn to all events unless otherwise specified. The Boy Scout pants/shorts and belt are optional. Parents are asked to supply the shirt (short sleeve recommended), and the Troop will provide the insignia upon joining, which is paid for through the annual dues fee.