Thomas, my dad use to say, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink". Our troop has a varied income level so I constantly admonish, but I did't demand anything.
My first priority is that they show up. It's kind of like what my wife says, "I have to work with what the good Lord gave me" (meaning ME).
Also, its hard to tell now-a-days the difference between regular cotton socks and "CoolMax" while they are wearing them so I stopped asking. I just use the qtrly Court of Honor to remind everyone of a different lightweight principle.
Michael, the original draft had things more specific to the PNW. We "adjusted" the article to appeal to a broader audience. Though some minor "PNW attitude" still crept in.
I started out writing what I thought would be a couple pages to hand out, but as you well know, it wasn't that easy. I could have ended up writing a book, but decided to leave that to Andrew Skurka and Mike C.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read the article