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    • I would encourage you to start with setting expectations about uniforming.  When you become Scoutmaster, make it clear that you expect uniforms to be worn to meetings.  This is a simple act that as Scoutmaster you can easily push for.  When you become Scoutmaster, people will expect some amount of change to occur.  New guy, new rules.  So, take advantage of that. Of course, start it within the adult team.  At a meeting, let the adults know that you want uniforms to be actively encouraged.  Explain the reason in a way that is similar to what @qwazse did.  You are doing this because taking pride in how they wear the uniform leads to Scouts taking pride in themselves as people.  Don't put it in terms of benefit to the troop - that's irrelevant.  Don't threaten with Scout Spirit rules and preventing people from ranking up.   Once you explain it to the other adults, then go to the Scouts and their parents.  Explain that this is new and that you'd ask the parents to support and encourage the Scout on this. After all this - then simply encourage.  If a Scout shows up without the uniform, ask them in a  pointed way.  "Hey Bob, why arn't you wearing your uniform this week? ...  You forgot? ... Please remember it next time."
    • Coding?  Enigma? Pigpen cipher? Oh wait... WITRAN,  FORTRAN,  COBOL, BASIC, those don't count anymore ? Worlds on top of worlds.....
    • Yeah, we have choice words for older teens who forget their knife safety, and "bad boy" is not one of them. Again, thanks to these forums for keeping me abreast of scouting around the world so that I could broach the subject with a modicum of tact.
    • When you get what you want in your struggle for self
      And the world makes you king for a day
      Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
      And see what that man has to say.

      For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
      Whose judgment upon you must pass
      The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
      Is the one staring back from the glass.

      He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
      For he’s with you, clear to the end
      And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
      If the man in the glass is your friend.

      You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
      And get pats on the back as you pass
      But your final reward will be heartache and tears
      If you’ve cheated the man in the glass. Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.  1934
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