24 Ways to Get LDS Youth to Wear the Scouting Uniform

1- Walk them through the full uniform, show where everything goes.

The second class badge in scouting has important symbols

The second class badge in scouting has important symbols

2- Teach the elements of each award, what they mean
3- Wear your uniform always, talk about the meaning of patches, etc. you earned
4- Show your red jacket or sash with all your patches, etc.
5- Make sure kids all have full uniforms, help trade uniforms to keep costs down
6- Show a video of a military uniform inspection

Marine Uniform inspection is a great example for Boy Scouts to wear the Scout Uniform

Marine Uniform inspection is a great example for Boy Scouts to wear the Scout Uniform

7- Have uniform inspections

Have a Scout Uniform inspection

Have a Scout Uniform inspection

8- Have a Marine come and talk about the US military uniform and wear it (or former Marine)
9- Award random points, prizes, treats for uniform inspections
10- Let them make a class b uniform they help design and like
11- Get older (cool, muscular) young men to wear their uniforms to Courts of Honor
12- Assign a Troop guide (cool older boy they respect) to discuss the uniform and wear it proudly.
13- Make a big deal of the merit badge counts as a sign of achievement on the sash
14- Get all boys a sash, even awarding it to new scouts
15- Link the uniform of scouting to the uniform of missionary work (an important goal in LDS units)
16- Get adult priesthood leaders to wear their scouting uniforms to all YM events (lead by example)
17- Tell the stories of Bayden Powell and how the uniform came about

Baden Powell felt strong about the Scout Uniform

Baden Powell felt strong about the Scout Uniform

18- Start a tradition of uniforms that carries on and is upheld,
19- Have older boys come in and discuss traditions (including uniforms) of the units
20- When calling junior leaders, get commitments to wear uniforms and get others to also
21- Priesthood leaders include the uniform commitment when calling new adult leaders
22- Point out kindly but clearly whenever a boy dishonors the uniform (untucked, unbuttoned)
24- Hand out patrol identity patches to the boys (for each patrol)
25- Give out junior leadership patches to all boys immediately on callings to leadership

2 thoughts on “24 Ways to Get LDS Youth to Wear the Scouting Uniform

  1. Please note, in your article, “24 Ways to Get LDS Youth to Wear the Scouting Uniform,” there seems to be a few mistakes. I am not sure what you are referring to when you say “ex-marine,” in 238 years the United State Marine Corps has only ever had been one ex-marine, Clayton J. Lonetree, tried and convicted of spying and treason. I guess if you want him to inspect your Boy Scouts, that’s up to you. I would think a former Marine would be a more appropriate choose. In addition, Marine is a proper title, to be capitalized and revered. The use of “marine” as you put it is disrespectful, inappropriate, and just wrong.

    Semper Fi,
    The men and women who stand on the wall and protect you nightly

    • Thank you so very much for bringing this to our attention. We have made the recommended changes, and please know that no disrespect was in any way intended. We hold Marines in the highest regard, that is why we mentioned the idea in the article! :)

      Ken

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