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Scouts, girls and Uniform

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Startail Wed 06-Feb-13 13:44:02

DD is a scout, she loves the activities, but she finds the uniform, especially the trousers really unflattering and uncomfortable. They are not cut for slight children of either gender

Now the scout leader, femail, wants her either to wear her school shoes, not safe or buy some black trainers.

Ok her existing non school trainers are very bright, but I really don't see it matters for non public ordinary meetings.

I come from a brownie/guide background and expecting me to buy shoes DD will hate and refuse to wear feels a step too far.

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 11-Feb-13 17:54:44

Yes, I know that they voted for it, some of us disagree, that's all.
Guide troops seem to very the activities that they offer based on the interests of their leaders, along with the level of religious commitment required, the local group are attached to the church and have had a lot of craft and makeover sessions along with brisk games and adventure weekends but not under canvas.
Some troops may be more rugged and camp in cold conditions and sail in the winter. Ours do not, unlike the local scouts.

FelicityWasCold Mon 11-Feb-13 18:08:47

Yes disagreeing with something is not quite the same as it being unfair though is it? shrugs

I've guided in 3 separate areas of England and don't recognise that old guiding stereotype that pops up on threads like this- it's just irritating.

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 11-Feb-13 18:22:32

Ok, but back to the OP.
Should her tender blossom be forced to wear something unflattering with dark coloured trainers just because the rest of her troop are expected to?
It's, like, so unfair.

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 11-Feb-13 18:24:26

'I think Scouts and fashion conscious Pre-teen girls is a difficult mix. And DD2 meets her partner in fashion at scouts which truly doesn't help.

I've never been sure that Scouts should take girls, Guides has moved with the times Scouts hasn't.'

And that, OP, is why my DS is a joyful Explorer at 18. Fashion really doesn't figure much.

BackforGood Mon 11-Feb-13 18:29:32

I think anyone who truely knows either the Scouting or Guiding movements, know that they both regularly review all aspects of themselves - uniform, programme, age bands, the promise, the award schemes and badge schemes, the safeguarding regulations, the membership requirements, etc.etc., and both evolve over time.

agent - thanks smile.

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 11-Feb-13 18:38:09

grin point taken.
Soap box back under the sink.

Squeegle Mon 11-Feb-13 18:57:36

I just don't get the problem. If she wants to be part of scouts, she wears the uniform. School shoes- what's wrong with them?
If she doesn't like it, she can face the consequences with the leader. Part of the discipline that people go to scouts for.
I was a beaver uniformed leader. I agree not flattering! But scarcely a big problem. I didn't join to wear trendy clothes
And my daughter is a scout now. The trousers are not her highest priority either.

This feels like such a mountain out of a molehill. And for what it's worth I I think scouting has really moved with the times and is a great organisation for boys and girls to be part of. And respect to the leaders who provide all that inspiration so freely!!

lljkk Mon 11-Feb-13 19:08:53

Cheap black clunky "school" shoes from ShoeZone just for this purpose? Can't see why not.

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