From replies to Bryan's blog on BoRs, a classic line:
... most Scouts would NOT show up to their “sporting” event, or “marching band” event WITHOUT being in full uniform. (http://blog.scouting...#comment-168046)
Which jarred my memory (and I expound upon from what I wrote in reply in scoutingmagazine.com):
- Players wear the uniform during the game. But often hit the showers and come out in civilian clothes for the “press conference” review.
- Likewise with marching band. We dressed up for the show, but for the audition for first chair/major/etc … we are in plain clothes.
- Tryouts? Same thing.
- Conferences with the coach, film study, most rehearsals ... not in uniform.
- Also, every band/sports banquet that I've seen, players wore their Sunday best, not their uniforms. All looked quite spiffy.
The “game day” for a troop may be meetings, courts of honor, travel to/from camp, or on the trail. If you’ve seen your scout uniformed sharply in all of those circumstances, then your board has the latitude to credit that — and his non-uniform neat appearance — during the review.
In other words, for public appearances, band members, cheerleaders, and athletes are uniform ... meticulously so; but, for backstage work (80% of the job), they are not.
I'm not saying that it's wrong to ask scouts, inasmuch as they are able, to wear their field uniform for the BoR. I'm just saying that the band/sports as a metaphor is justification for not wearing your uniform at every event related to your activity.