Why We Wear The Uniform
The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. There are many reasons for this. One reason stands
out above all the rest. We wear the uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles
to which we are committed-character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.
The fact that youth and adult members of Scouting wear a uniform doesn't mean that we're all alike. We come from
different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We have our own religious beliefs and political views. We are each individuals
with our own family traditions and loyalties. So the uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. But it is a way
we give each other strength and support. It is a bond that ties us together in spite of our differences. It is a way of
making visible our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.
The Scouting movement is built on positive values. As we wear the uniform, we are openly identifying ourselves with those
values where everyone can see us. We stand together, not alone, in encouraging others to live by those same principles.
Boys and adults alike should take pride in belonging to such a movement and wear the uniform as it is intended.