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Eaglelord17 said:For the record I was a Scout Leader for a while and I prefer people to be properly informed about things. The reason I said everything is free for Cadets is at the member level (the Cadets themselves) it is. For example for most Scouts it costs about 200$ a year plus uniforms (which are about 60$ each) and extra for any camps they wish to attend. Make the Cadets pay for there stuff if they don't return it simple as that. To get back to the topic and hopefully close it, if a cadet said they would return there uniform after there done they should end of story.
Psst - I got side tracked by total misuse of that infamous set of homynyms - THERE, THEY'RE and THEIR...dude, they're not interchangeable .
Back on track...
Kids sign a 638 to get the loan of the uniform...loan, being the operative word, as the word implies that the Cadet unit actually owns it. In reality, it's kind of like a promissory note - you sign it, it's binding. This is a way of starting to make kids accountable in life...and the aim of the Cadet movement is to make good citizens...ergo, if you sign for it and don't bring it back, don't be surprised when someone shows up with a bill in your name or asking for/demanding the uniform back, as they should. If they don't, well, just is another sign of the times that kids are apparently not accoutnable for their actions or lack there of. To the OP - send your uniform back, because unless you bought it, it's not really yours.
And BTW, not all Cadet units are free...my kid belonged to a Sqn that had dues every year to help pay for flight familiarizations and other things DND didn't support.
:2c: for what it's worth.