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bulletEntertaining annual game for any Troop 
bullet One actor and spectators
bulletScoutmaster prepares the actor
bulletMiscellaneous Uniform equipment

This game is designed to teach Scouts to wear their Uniforms correctly. Use it as an introduction to a Troop Better Appearance Program.


Discuss this Inter-Patrol Contest in a PLC meeting and select one Scout to dramatize a new Scout wearing his Uniform incorrectly. Let him see this list of errors:

  1. Cap on backwards, cocked back.
  2. Campaign hat with badge.
  3. Neckerchief with or without slide; without knot.
  4. Neckerchief shawl-like instead of tight around neck.
  5. Tenderfoot pin over pocket.
  6. Webelos Badge in wrong place.
  7. Service Star 1 1/2 inches above right pocket or in buttonhole.
  8. Shirt with sleeves rolled up.
  9. Belt with buckle on rear or side.
  10. One pocket button unbuttoned.
  11. One black and one tan shoe.
  12. Axe in belt in front of body.
  13. Knife in sheath in front of hip.
  14. Shorts rolled up.

The Scout Enters

The Scout incorrectly uniformed rushes into the room while the Patrols are in their corners. He runs from Patrol to Patrol, crying out, "I'm a new Scout! I want to see your Scoutmaster."

Finally, he finds the Scoutmaster, who stops the meetings so that everyone can hear the Scout say: "Mr. Scoutmaster, I'm a new Scout, I have no Handbook for Boys. How's my Uniform?"

The Scoutmaster surveys him, and says, "Now turn around, please." After another long pause he says, "Now turn so I can see your left side." Next he inspects the right side and says, "Boy your uniform is a mess." With that the boy runs from the room.

The Contest

The Scoutmaster explains that the contest is to see which Patrol can list the greatest number of things wrong with the Scout's Uniform. After the Patrols have completed their lists the Scout returns to the room and Patrol Leaders check their lists.


Following the contest, arrange a demonstration by a Scout prepared in advance, showing how to wear the uniform correctly.

Tell Scouts when to wear their uniforms. (See Handbook for Boys.)

Remind Scouts that their uniforms may be ruined if sent to some laundries. Suggest that they show their mothers what the Handbook for Boys says about washing uniforms.







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One Point at a Time ] Point of Law Dramatization ] Story of Bill ] Newspaper Clipping Contest ] Scout Oath Jig Saw Puzzle ] [ What's Wrong With His Uniform ] Handclasp, Sign, Salute Race ] Scout Way Flag Quiz ] Tenderfoot Review Questions ] Tenderfoot Question Answer Time ] Scouting for Tenderfoot Answers ]

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