Uniform and uniforming always seems to be a hot topic.
Maybe someone can help me out here. I do have a copy of the latest Cub Scout Leader Book, but have yet to buy a binder for it. If my memory serves me well past editions used to state that wearing partial Cub Scout uniforms was unacceptable. I'm almost sure it was in there in black and white.
I don't ever remember any Boy Scout book or publication spelling it out as clearly as the Cub Scout Leader Book does, but I echo what Wagion Vigil has said about the meaning of the word uniform.
I have never subscribed to the idea that we need to bash people over the head with a 2X4 in order to get them to follow the guidelines.
I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say that I never ever had a problem with uniforming. Sure there were times when a Scout would attend a meeting when his mother had the uniform in the wash and there were times when a Lad came from some other meeting and didn't have time to go home and change. I of course accepted the Scouts word on this because he was a Scout and he is to be trusted.
We had Scouts who were in the troop for sometime before they got a uniform. Sometimes this was because they needed to save up the money and sometimes it was parents waiting to see if the Lad was going to stay.
Soon after a new Lad arrived at our meetings, I would go and visit his home and his parents. I would explain why the uniform was important. I know for a fact that the Scouts were very proud to belong to the troop and that the troop neckerchief was very special to everyone. We gave each Scout his neckerchief and there was a story that went with it. Maybe it was a little over the top, but the pride our Lads had in that piece of material was tremendous.
I have to admit that I was very proud of my son, he was organizing the color guard for the flag ceremony at an OA weekend, some Scouts who were not wearing Scout pants were ready to participate and without any input from the adults he informed them that they weren't in uniform and they couldn't be in the color guard. I have never mentioned this to him, but I had a hard time getting into the dining hall because my head was so swollen