"The Scout Uniform is very like the uniform worn by my men when I commanded the
South African Constabulary. They knew what was comfortable, serviceable, and a good
protection against the weather. So Scouts have much the same uniform.
"With a few minor alterations the original Scout Uniform has met the ideas of
Scouts around the world and has been universally adopted. Of course, in extreme climates
it has to be modified to suit the seasons, but on the whole the different nations in the
temperate climates are dressed uniformly alike.
"Starting at the top, the broad-brimmed khaki hat is a good protection from sun
and rain. It is kept on by a bootlace tied in a bow in front on the brim and going round
the back of the head. This lace will come in handy in many ways when you camp. The hat has
four dents in it.
"Then comes the scarf or neckerchief which is folded into a triangle with the
point at the back of the neck. Every Troop has its own scarf colour, and since the honour
of your Troop is bound up in the scarf, you must be very careful to keep it clean and
tidy. It is fastened at the throat by a knot, or "woggle", which is some form of
ring made of cord, metal, or bone, or anything you like. The scarf protects your neck from
sunburn and serves many purposes, such as for a bandage or as an emergency rope.
"The Scout shirt (or jersey) is a free-and-easy thing, and nothing could be more
comfortable when the sleeves are rolled up. All Scouts have them rolled up because this
tends to give them greater freedom, but also as a sign that they are ready to carry out
their Motto. They only roll them down when it is very cold or when their arms may become
sunburnt. In cold weather the shirt can be supplemented with warmer garments over or,
better, under it.
"Shorts are essential to hard work, to hiking and to camping. They are less
expensive and more hygienic than breeches or trousers. They give freedom and ventilation
to the legs. Another advantage is that when the ground is wet, you can go about without
stockings and none of your clothes gets damp.
"The stockings are held up by garters, with green tabs showing below the turnover
of the stocking top.
"Personally, I consider shoes more suitable than high boots since they give better
ventilation to the feet and therefore diminish the danger of chills and of chafes which
come from damp stockings softening the feet when tightly laced boots are worn.
"WEARING THE UNIFORM"
"The Scout kit, through its uniformity, now constitutes a bond of brotherhood
among boys across the world.
"The correct wearing of the Uniform and smartness of turnout of the individual
Scout makes him a credit to our Movement. It shows his pride in himself and in his Troop.
"One slovenly Scout, on the other hand, inaccurately dressed may let down the
whole Movement in the eyes of the public. Show me such a fellow and I can show you one who
has not grasped the true Scouting spirit and who takes no pride in his membership of our