Girl Guides and Scouts have been wearing uniforms for over 100 years now.
From the first uniform designs to today’s, we have made a lot of progress. If we were to pull a picture of the uniforms even 50 years ago and compared them to our modern uniforms, we would be hard pressed to envision our Members wearing the uniforms of yesteryear while doing today’s activities!
Both Guiding and Scouting have done uniform revamps in recent years, transforming the uniform into a more functional, easier to care for garment that makes sense for what our Members are doing.
Sure, the new uniforms are not only much easier to care for but the styling and fabrics chosen really reflect what we both want to do as organizations. We serve our communities, get outside and do stuff – especially a lot of the high adventure team building challenges one simply cannot experience anywhere else!
With that being said, a uniform exists to help bring us together, to unite our image, and certainly help the public recognize us when we are out in the community. Although it was said that the clothes make a person, I would tend to disagree. You can tell one of our Members based on the way they act, the way they don’t miss an
opportunity to help someone in need, the way they tend to do the little good turn without any thought of reward.
Ultimately it is not the uniform that defines us, it is our actions. The uniform is a symbolic tool, a very powerful one, but the individual defines what the uniform stands for, not the other way around.
Guest blog by Scouts Canada
What do you think? How important is a uniform? Doesn’t it say ‘everything’ about who we are?