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    • I'll just reiterate what others have said, that scouts are coming to meetings from a variety of situations, which include scheduling challenges, sports practices, financial difficulties, etc. Just something to keep in mind when setting Troop policy. I think a uniform standard is great, but with a reasonable amount of flexibility to accommodate all of the circumstances that scouts and the troop might encounter. At the end of the day I'd rather see scouts in meetings than not, so if the uniform policy is in any way prohibitive to scouts coming to meetings, that would be something that I think the troop would want to correct.
    • Official policy from Guide to Awards and Insignia: (G2AI) "While wearing the uniform is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged. The leaders of Scouting— both volunteer and professional—promote the wearing of the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions." https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Official_Policy_WEB.pdf (Entire document available at https://www.scouting.org/resources/insignia-guide/ ) Now, what is a "complete uniform"?  There are three variations "authorized" in the literature. 1.  "Field Uniform"  See the description of this in your BSA Handbook,  (page 21, as I am using the 13th Edition, 2016 printing.  YMMV.  = Shirt, Pants/Shorts, Belt, Socks, Shoes/Boots, Cap (optional per PLC), Neckerchief (optional per PLC)) 2.  "Activity Uniform"  same page = "When you're headed outdoors to do something active...T-shirt with Scout pants or shorts, or wear other clothing that is appropriate for the events of the day. [emphasis added] NOTE:  you'll notice this does not say anything specific about the "T-shirt", nor about Scout socks/belt/cap/etc for Activity Uniform.  IMO, this gives the PLC carte blanche to decide what uniform is appropriate for their outdoor activities.  [BTW, "uniform" means all alike 😜 ] 3.  Neckerchief only - "When engaged in Scouting activities, members may wear the neckerchief with appropriate nonuniform clothing to identify them as Scouts."  ("nonuniform" means they don't all have to be alike 😛 ) From the G2AI, page 13 https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Special_Regulations.pdf [But, also earlier on page 13, a Troop (the PLC) may decide not to use neckerchiefs: "Scout neckerchiefs are optional. Troops choose their own official neckerchief. All members of a troop wear the same color. The troop decides by vote, and all members abide by the decision."] The PLC decides what uniform is to be worn at meetings and events, and as "officers" of the Troop, part of their job (and every other Position of Responsibility) is to "Wear the Scout Uniform Correctly" https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/510-046_PocketCards17.pdf Now, with all that info, what does your PLC decide to do??? Enjoy! P.S.  If you want to wear the "full" uniform, here is a checklist/inspection sheet for determining correct wear: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/510-784(23)-Scouts-Uniform-Inspection-Sheet.pdf Incentivize the behavior you want.  If the PLC wants "full" uniform, then have an inspection, and give some awesome prizes for the three (or more??) Scouts who score the highest in whatever criteria the PLC has elected.  
    • One thing to add to the discussion is the Uniform is one of the Methods, it is not an Aim. That the PLC understands why uniforms are part of Scouting and that they decide how to address uniforming is what is important.
    • Troops have a big mix of families.  Some families have their act together.  Uniforms ironed and ready to go.  Others, can barely get by each day and never know where the scout uniforms are.  Others are somewhere in the middle.  ... Above answers are correct.  I just suggest thinking of this with a soft and compassionate heart.  At the same time, a well uniformed troop is a pride point for the scouts too.
    • Qwazse has it nailed.  The uniform expectations of the troop are set, either implicitly or explicitly, by the PLC.  When you say "Our troop has been going back and forth" do you mean the adults or the scouts?  If it's the adults they should just drop it because it's not really their call (I know they don't want to hear this).  If it's the scouts then they should be encouraged to struggle through the issues Qwazse lays out. In direct answer to your question, the only rule you will find is the one regarding BORs.  Extrapolate from that what you will.   If it's your adults driving this and you can't persuade them to leave it to the scouts then the best advice I can give is to ask these questions.  Do you really want scouts basing their decision to attend a meeting on whether they can or want to get their uniform on? Are you really going to send kids home who show up in no uniform?  While you may end up with a larger percentage of your scouts in uniform you will inevitably end up with fewer scouts in attendance.  Has anyone ever really thought it was a good idea to start an initiative whose accomplishment means fewer scouts?
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