Boy Scout Uniforms
These pages list the parts of the uniforms for cub scout and boy scout groups. We've also listed approximate costs. Placement of badges, pins, and patches are explained since this is one of the areas where uniforms are sometimes implemented incorrectly.
Placement of insignia on the uniform is important. The Uniform Inspection Sheet has insignia placement guides. There is also a Male & Female Leader Uniform Inspection Sheet.
See the BSA Insignia Guide for more info.
Wondering where a patch goes? see Patch Placement Help.
The uniform described on subsequent pages is known as the Field Uniform. The Activity Uniform is a Scouting-related T-Shirt and scout pants. These two uniforms (Field and Activity) are often refered to as Class A and Class B uniforms though that terminology is not used in any official BSA publications and is not correct. It would be better to call them Field and Activity uniforms following the BSA terminology.
Troops and Packs are free to create their own Activity shirt. The most well-known place to design and purchase these shirts is ClassB.com which is a full-service web site offering custom t-shirts and patches. They are an official licensee of the Boy Scouts of America, have a great reputation of service and quality products since 1982, and have Eagle Scouts running the company.
Boy Scout Uniforms Method
Scout uniforms are an important part of the Boy Scouts of America program and one of the methods of scouting. Each boy gets to be part of a group demonstrated by their uniform and each group has a personal sense of identity. The scout uniform is also a display case for a scout's individual accomplishments and recognitions. We wear the uniform to associate ourselves with the principles to which we are committed - character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness. The uniform is not intended to hide our individuality, but it is a way we give each other strength and support.
The Scouting movement is built on positive values. As we wear the uniform in cub scouts and boy scouts, we stand together and encourage each other to live by those principles. Scouts and adults alike should take pride in belonging to this program and wear the uniform correctly.
The official scout uniform consists of shirt, pants, belt, and socks. A neckerchief and hat are optional. In reality, each unit may have different uniform expectations, with some expecting socks to hat while others expect just the shirt. Having all scouts consistently uniformed for meetings and outings makes for a much better adventure. It is also important to remember that the scout uniform is not a mandatory part of scouting and a scout should not be prohibited from participating just because he does not have a uniform, or a complete uniform.
Scout Uniform Memories
Many men still have their cub scout or boy scout uniform stored away someplace. Every badge, patch, and pin has some memory of a fun time had with other boys. There is a great deal of pride in displaying awards and achievements earned where other boys can see them. Keeping a scout uniform clean and up to date makes the scouting experience more fun.
Sep 18, 2012 - Kris Derr
Many Scouters will also rig a system to replace easily, like Velcro or something of that nature.
Personally, I have 8 positions or so, but on my main shirt I just wear my CS RT Commissioner Patch.
It is still in good shape, and his troop leader has no problem with it.
He would like to wear "grandpas scouting cap"
Please advise where the Snorkeling BSA patch is worn. This patch was presented to all of our scouts at the Bahamas Sea Base.
@Morris - please see the BSA Insignia Guide available as a free read on scouting.org. It will tell you what is legal on the sash. Temporary patches can be displayed on the back, but not just any old patch the scout wants to put there. It will also tell you where the snorkeling patch goes.
Proper wear of headgear provides sun protection in the summer and warmth in the winter. It gives leaders an opportunity to teach character development and good citizenship as they instruct Scouts regarding when and when not to wear headgear while indoors.
The OA flap can only be worn by current OA members in good standing - meaning you are a registered BSA member and are paying your annual OA dues to your local lodge. And, you should then wear the flap for the local lodge, not your old lodge.
If you wanted to wear them on your troop's 'activity' uniform, that's up to the troop, since it's usually just BSA pants and a troop t-shirt.
The washjam.org online store page says the pin is to be worn on a hat or uniform lapel, but lapel pins are not really to be worn on the uniform. There's no need to have two items on the uniform to indicate the same thing, so the patch is enough.
Miscellaneous patches may only be worn on the back of the sash. The merit badge sash and the Order of the Arrow sash may not be worn at the same time."
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