Please oh please, don't call the uniform police! Whatever will we do!
We provided the option to open the program to more boys whose parents are unable, or unwilling, to provide for full uniform. I'd rather have boys show up in at least their shirts than not at all. After 20+ years as an adult leader, I've found that offering incentives to wear the uniform work better than dictatorial edicts. Honor guards and such wear full uniform--gets the younger ones eager to procure all items early--"So, you'd like to be part of (insert group here). Sure, but you'll need full uniform first."
Uniforming is but one of the methods of Scouting, no more critical than any of the other methods. Thank heavens the founders had the foresight to allow for individual tweaking in the use of those methods. Thank heavens the current powers-that-be allow continued tweaking by the use of words such as "should" instead of "must" in the vast majority of Scouting printed guides.
Full uniforming for all is a great goal. It is one of my goals, but I also realize that I must keep the program a tad more inclusive for some until I can set the hook. Momma always told me you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Hurlburt Field, Florida