The Boy Scouts of America thinks the uniform is so important that it is one of Scouting's eight 'Methods', right alongside the Outdoor Program, Advancement, Boy Leadership,... And the uniform described in the Scout Handbook, Scoutmaster Handbook, and other official literature is a complete uniform, including official BSA trousers, belt, & socks. As the new (2015) Troop Leader Guidebook says (page 25), "troops are not allowed to modify the uniform by, say, specifying blue jeans instead of Scout pants or shorts." We have to wonder, if leaders are willing to compromise on full uniform, where else do they compromise?
Troops that wear half a uniform, and let their boys wear blue jeans and plaid shorts, are short-changing their Scouts. Not one of these boys would dream of playing a sport if his parents told him he had to wear blue jeans instead of football pants or baseball pants, or basketball shorts or.... No sports coach would even allow a boy to play if he showed up in half a uniform.
Our Scouts look sharp, and they notice at camporees and at summer camp that other Scouts tend to act the way they look.
We're proud of the full and correct uniform. Troop 97 provides family discount credits to reduce the cost of a complete uniform. We provide summer T-shirt free (along with neckerchief, hat, and insignia). And we maintain a uniform exchange to help our Scouts afford a complete uniform.