Cub Scout Uniform

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.

Cub Scout Uniforms: Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf Scout, Bear Scout, Webelos
Boy Scout Uniform
Uniform Square Knot Patches

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 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
My son has a red heart pin that I believe came with his Life advancement. I have no idea where it goes on the uniform, can you help me?
Sep 22, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Kris - I expect that pin is for you.  Some mothers collect those pins as their sons advance through ranks.
Oct 23, 2012 - Jessica Jackovitz
Does the Leave No Trace patch go on the uniform? If so where?

Oct 23, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Jessica - The Leave No Trace Trainer patch that can be purchased at your local scout shop is a badge of office and goes on the left sleeve below the unit numerals (see the Uniform Inspection Sheet).
If you are talking about some other LNT patch, it probably doesn't belong on the uniform.
Nov 25, 2012 - Warren Tunkel
I have 2 grandsons that have just reached second class that
I would like to give them both a Merit Badge Sash for Christmas. They both are serious about scouting and will appreciate having this to display their progress to eagle.

I would like to order the 2 official scout Sashs over the
internet but unable to find a web site that I can use to do so! Can you help me to find one?
Nov 25, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Warren -
Mar 27, 2013 - Suzanne
My son has two Troop Positions, Librarian and Assistant Patrol Leader.  He has received a badge of office for each of the positions.  Can he wear both patches on his left sleeve?  Or is he only allowed to wear one?  If only one, then which one should he wear?

Mar 29, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Suzanne - There is only one position on the shirt for a badge of office, so he should wear one.  If he's using the Librarian position for his Star, Life, or Eagle rank advancement, it would make the most sense for him to wear that patch.  If not, then I don't see that it matters.

I've seen some people attach position patches with velcro and just put on whichever matches the job they are performing at the time.
Mar 30, 2013 - Marie Kennedy
Where does the God and Church Badge go on the Boy Scout Shirt?
Apr 29, 2013 - John Pratt
One item to always remember is that only one patch at a time may be worn on the right front pocket. This is the temporary patch spot. I have seen a many as three patche or devises displayed here at one time. Messy and not uniform for sure. Answer is to pick the one that is most appropriate for the occasion.
May 07, 2013 - David Elmore
I am an adult leader retired from scouting.  Recently the old troop has announced a reunion.  Is the BSA OK with someone who has paid no dues in a decade showing up in uniform (still fits)?
May 07, 2013 - Scouter Paul
David - Great that it still fits! Good for you!

According to the "Guide to Uniforms and Insignia" by the BSA:
"The badges and other official insignia and the uniforms of the BSA shall be made available to, and used only by, registered youth members or officials and other members who have satisfactorily complied with the requirements prescribed by the Corporation."

"...use of the appropriate uniform as specified shall be restricted to members of the BSA who are registered and in good standing, according to the records of the organization."

So, you should register with your local BSA for a $15 membership fee and then wear the uniform, or wear civilian clothes.

But, however you dress, I hope you have a great time at the reunion!
May 13, 2013 - Julia
I am confused as to what color unit numbers for a boy scout.  The shop advised us to buy tan but everyone else seems to have red?? Thanks for help
May 13, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Julia - Unit numerals for Boy Scout troops used to be white on red.  They are now green on tan.  Current uniforms should use the green on tan.
May 21, 2013 - Kim
This is my son's first year as a Cub Scout(Bear) and he asked to wear his uniform shirt to school on the days he had his Bear den meetings and Pack meetings.  I thought it was a good idea for recruiting new members at school, however, we have been told by older Scouts that he shouldn't wear his uniform shirt to school, he should only wear it to his Scout meetings and activities.  Is this true?  Please advise for future reference......thanks
May 25, 2013 - Robert
My den earned their "Leave No Trace" award and I was wondering where it goes on the uniform? I cannot find it anywhere in the uniform guidelines.
May 25, 2013 - Matt
Robert- First of all Congrats! to your den. The LNT badge is considered a temporary badge.It may be worn on the right pocket. I do see many wear it in a holder attached to the right pocket button. I believe this is acceptable being that a Cub's first temporary badge is usually surrounded by segments.
I also see it on brag vests,patch blankets and the top outward side of backpacks for all to see. Most scouts are pretty proud of the LNT badge.
May 25, 2013 - Matt
Kim- I applaud your son for wanting to wear his uniform on Scout Days. I would believe you would have the school's backing especially if they are the chartering organization.
I would check with the Cub Master and get his thoughts as well.
May 25, 2013 - Rebecca
My son has earned his polar bear patch. Does it go on his uniform?  If the children earn a patch that doesn't go on the uniform what do you do with it?
May 30, 2013 - Renee
My son received a God and Me award while in Cub scouts.  His new boy scout troop said he can wear the pin on his boy scout uniform forever. Can you explain? I can't find the pin, but I found his workbook and the program where they awarded him.  Can I go to the scout store and buy a new one and place on his uniform?  What pin do I look for?  The church where he received his award was Lutheran.  Where do I put it, if I can buy?
May 31, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Rebecca - Please see FAQ page.  It's a temporary patch which is displayed centered on the right pocket or on a blanket, vest, or shoebox.
Jun 03, 2013 - Ron Taylor
What are the guidelines/policies for tucking in the uniform shirt - youth and adults/men and women? - I have never seen an official BSA photo showing the shirt not tucked in.
Jun 03, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Ron - You won't find specific wording stating that shirts must be tucked in.  Just like you won't find wording that shoes must be tied, cuffs hemmed, or buttons buttoned.  
But, look at the pictures in all the uniform inspection sheets and all uniforms are tucked in.  The inspection sheet states that Neatness should be the goal, so whatever your unit feels is 'neat' is good enough.
Jun 21, 2013 - Tracy
My son is a new Boy Scout and recently received two "Scout" pins. They are gold fleur de lis. One is small and one a bit larger. I think one is for the parent (I don't know which one) and I do not know where to put his on his uniform.
Jun 22, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Tracy - The smaller pin is a Parent Pin for you to keep as a keepsake.  The larger pin can be worn in place of the rank patch on the scout's uniform, with only the current rank being worn centered on the left pocket.
Jul 02, 2013 - E. Kathy Fields
Two of our scouts received red epaulets when they crossed over.  One of our committee members said if they were used once they can be used as long as they are scouts.  Do they need to change to green to be in compliance with uniform inspections?
Jul 02, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Kathy - The BSA shows the current color for shoulder loops to be green, not red.  Since this is stated on the current uniform inspection sheet, I would not award scouts the 5 points for epaulets that were red.
Jul 10, 2013 - Peter
@Scouter Paul
I want to buy a shirt to use as my boy scout class " A " uniform that is not made by the boy scouts. I am going to take the patches off the Class A I have now and put them on the shirt I want to use for my class A. The shirt is almost Identical to the regular boy scout class A. Do you have to use the one that is sold at the boy scout stores? The shirt is made by a ski clothing company.
† If you think that would be ok to use please respond. Thanks
Jul 13, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Peter - No, it would not be 'OK' to use a different shirt and say it's a BSA uniform.
Jul 13, 2013 - Scott
The God and Me and God and Church awards earn your son a religious knot. It is purple and worn over the left pocket. It is available at your local BSA store.The pins are also available at the Scout Store. You have to ask for them.
Jul 15, 2013 - Sharon
Can a leader wear the parent pins on a lanyard attached to the pocket? I have seen this done before and was wondering if it is proper protocol or not. Thanks in advance for the advice!
Jul 22, 2013 - Joe
I want to wear the "inclusive scouting" award on my shirt. Am I allowed to wear it or no?
Jul 22, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Joe.  See my recent post on square knots.  There are nearly 3 dozen known aftermarket knots (of which that is one) that are unofficial and improper for wear.  As it is not an official BSA award or knot, it should not be worn.
Jul 26, 2013 - Pam
My son will be starting cub scouts next week (he just turned 8), and his grandparents bought him all of his Wolf apparel but my husband thinks it might not be appropriate for him to wear them until after he earns his Bobcat. Can someone tell me for certain? Thank you!
Jul 26, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Pam - Super!  A Cub Scout should wear the Cub Scout uniform for the program year in which he is participating.  He should start wearing it as soon as he is registered in the program.  After he earns recognition, such as Bobcat, then any patches or devices for that recognition can be displayed on the uniform.
Oct 04, 2013 - Sara
@Kim - Our cub scouts wear their Class B shirts to school on the day we meet. Not the Class A blue shirt.

@Pam - Welcome to scouting!!! I hope you get involved with the pack as much as your son. Its a great experience! I agree with Paul. Let him wear the uniform whenever there is an event requiring the "Class A" uniform. Some packs even have Class B that he can wear to school on the day your pack meets.

Cub Scouts - I'm seeing some questions on here about where badges go. There's a link on this site where you can see the badges that go on the Blue Uniform Shirt. Or if you buy the Badge Magic, it will tell you on the back of it. For other badges earned like the Fire station Visit/Polar Bear/Derby/Knot Tying/Spread the News/Outdoor Activity - there's a red vest you purchase. You can put the patches your children earn on it in no specific order/place. The vest goes over the "Class A" uniform.
I hope this info helps, and please correct me if I'm wrong!! Thanks!! Happy Scouting!!

Oct 10, 2013 - Emilie
Good afternoon,

May I first of all introduce myself; Iím Emilie, Iím 20 years old and I live in Mauritius, a little island in the Indian Ocean. I am at my second year of Communication license. I confess, it is my first time I write on a blog of someone who is already very accustomed with blogs. The purpose for my project was to create a blog on something we are engaged and involved in. I decided to discuss about Scouting especially on Cub scouting. I am engaged in this movement since I was 8 years old; it is a really important part of my life.  Iím now a Cubís master.
During my researches, I saw your blog and I find really interesting to see how people are involve like me in this movement.
I totally agree with your recent post:  boys scout uniforms. I take care of 20 little boys, and I see that the uniform, every badge and pins are really important for them and that they had a fun time to passed them.
I myself keep my uniform when I was in girlís scouts. Iíve got good memories.
Oct 15, 2013 - bill dodson
My grandson started boy scouts last April. He is now a Second Class scout. We just had a Court of Honor. He recieved pins for his ranks he has completed. He also recieved his merit badges from summer camp. I know the merit badges goes on a Merit Badge Sash. Can I put his rank advancements on it also? I would like to put his rank and the pin for the rank on the back of the sash. If I can't were do you suggest in putting them?
Oct 15, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@bill - That's supper that he's progressing nicely!
The scout's CURRENT rank emblem is displayed centered on the left shirt pocket.  Past ranks emblems and pins are NOT displayed on the uniform, nor on the merit badge sash.  They can be displayed in a wall mount at home.
Oct 24, 2013 - Jay Kuivinen
When I was a Cub Scout, we wore our uniforms to School on Pack Meeting days.  I was a Cub Scout in the 1950's....
Nov 07, 2013 - Jay
With temperatures dropping, are there guidelines for what is appropriate to wear underneath the Boy Scout uniform shirt for added warmth?  
Nov 07, 2013 - Kate
Are segments still  used anywhere? I found a ton tucked away in our closet, but I cannot find anything current online.
Nov 07, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Kate. Cub Scout segments are still made and can be awarded, but are now not allowed to be worn on a scout uniform since 2011. A patch vest or jacket, blanket, or gear is the only place for them now. Boy Scouts have not used segments in over 20 years, with the exceptions of a few higher awards with a very limited number of segments (like the National Outdoor Badge with its 5 pentagon segments).
Nov 08, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Jay - Scouts aren't required to wear official BSA underwear. :-)   A wicking base layer, such as a non-cotton long-sleeved shirt (UnderArmor) works well.  There is no color requirement, but hot pink sleeves don't really match the uniform.  

@Kate - Some council Boy Scout camps have their own set of segments.  For example, Many Point in MN and Tomahawk in WI each have segments for campers.  These are authorized by the local council to be worn in the "temporary patch" location - centered on the right pocket.
Nov 12, 2013 - Dawn
on a webelos uniform shirt, where is the patrol emblem placed.  didn't see it in cited picture. Pack is using the Webelos colors.  Does the emblem patch go above the colors or below on the right sleeve?
Nov 12, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Dawn - See Guide to Awards and Insignia for a picture.  It's a 12MB PDF file.
Nov 18, 2013 - Jodi
Is there an official uniform inspection sheet in PDF form for Venture Scouts?  I think that crews have the option to create their own uniforms or something, but all of the other levels have inspection sheets for the Class A uniform available at the official scout shop.  Thanks!
Nov 18, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Jodi - Venturing crews can use the same inspection sheet as Boy Scouts.  Venturing is mentioned in a few places on that sheet.
Dec 09, 2013 - Tim
I was recently co-opted into helping a Den Mother (Cub Scouts)prep her scouts for a uniform inspection; as a former Marine she thought this a "good" idea.  I'm seeking guidance for a one-stop source that will identify all the different patches, medallions etc, what they are, how & when they are worn and when they are not.  Also, neetness seems to be the watchword and was wondering about "pressing" of the uniform such as with an iron on an ironing board; any guidance for that?  As a laymen to scouting I'm sure the "inspection sheets" I've found online would be helpful to a seasoned scout which I am not.  Many of the photos show lots of different things on the uniform and then offer qualifying statements regarding "when" and "if" one thing is worn the other should not.  So what I'm looking for is a guide that will identify any possible device awarded, what it is i.e patch, award, merit etc.  And the rules governing it's proper wear & placement on the uniform.  Thank you in advance.
Dec 10, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Tim - The BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia should be helpful.

Pressing the uniform? I've never ironed my uniform and I wouldn't expect you could tell if a boy's had been ironed 10 minutes after he put it on.  

Jan 02, 2014 - Jodi
Thanks, Paul.  I know that Ventures don't generally wear neckerchiefs & the "official" uniform is a bit more lax in general. But that works, especially as a starting point. I'll look at it more closely now. I suppose I could always ask the Crew President what his/her Crew has decided upon and create my own sheet based on the Boy Scout form and the leadership's suggestions.

I know some have asked about uniform shirts being tucked in. As of October 1, the official policy is that they ARE to be tucked in:

@Tim, this form may be helpful. There's one for Webelos too if you google "Webelo Uniform Inspection Sheet":  
As far as ironing, I would simply say that as long as a shirt doesn't look as though it's been wadded into a ball and tossed into a corner, it's probably okay. If in doubt, talk to your Cub Master about the Pack's requirements regarding hats, books, pants, etc
Jan 02, 2014 - Jodi
I know BSA official policy states that you MUST wear the BSA pants to be truly "in uniform," but I know several Dens/Packs/Troops/Crews, especially in less affluent areas, who have stated that their Cubs are to wear ANY dark blue pants or shorts, their Scouts ANY green pants or shorts that aren't camo, and their Ventures ANY grey pants or shorts. Some use hats, some don't. Most consider the book to be part of the uniform and award points for that instead of a registration card in uniform inspections.  
Some Webelos use the "Webelo colors" and some put the pins on their hats. Both are considered correct. I've seen Webelos in Cub pants and Scout shirts too. Many units don't do Tiger Cubs, but start with Wolf/Bobcat instead and reserve that section of the "rank diamond" for the Webelo patch.
Yes, there are official policies, but many units kind of adapt to what works for their members.  Be professional, but at the end of the day, these are kids. Have fun with them and don't hurt feelings.
Jan 08, 2014 - Chris
My council merged with another council but kept the same name, for my future uniforms I am planning on getting the new strip but for my current uniforms should new council strips be a priority or just something for me to do when i have the extra throw away money (i will be getting the more expensive Eagle council strips)
Jan 09, 2014 - Yukon Jack
@ Chris.  Insignia never 'expires'.  As long as your uniform bears a council strip with the proper council name it will always be correct.  I never bother updating my uniforms with new council strips EXCEPT my council committee uniform, which I do only to be as  like the current scouts as possible if on an Eagle BOR.
Jan 14, 2014 - Valerie
Is it appropriate for the boys to wear the sports and academic pins in their hats?  I can find written policy that indicates ďA good place to display Academics and Sports pins is on the Academics and Sports letter. You can wear the letter on a sweater or a jacket, or display or frame it. The letter does not go on the Cub Scout uniformĒ, however I can find nothing that prohibits them from wearing the pins on their hats.
Jan 14, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Valerie - An exhaustive list of where NOT to wear the pins would be impossible.  How about on shoes, pants, socks?  Those are all part of the uniform, as is the hat.

So, the pins should not be worn on the hat since it is part of the uniform.  Webelos can display their activity pins on the hat, but not the A&S pins.
Feb 08, 2014 - tamara gingrich
I earned the Leave No Trace award as the Webelos Den Leader and am now Committee chair for the boy scout troop.   Can I wear the patch on my right pocket still?
Mar 04, 2014 - Jenn Hughes
My husband and I have been very involved in scouting since my son was a Tiger, he has earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scouts.
I find it extremely expensive, $8 for socks, $45 for pants and so on. I don't quite understand why uniforms are so expensive. There is no reason for it. We have had families come to round ups and sign up, but when they go to get uniforms and all they figure in all the other cost the parents pull their kids out. It's really sad. I have seen a lot of boys that do not have male role models in their life that could benefit from scouting not come due to cost. We do offer assistance to those who cannot afford it, however most do not take us up on it.
Mar 04, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Jenn - Many councils have uniform exchanges which can help keep the cost down.  Also, there are often pants and other uniform parts available on eBay.  Finally, no boy should be denied the opportunity to be a scout because he does not have a uniform - it is not required.  
A Pack should encourage uniforming, but not require it.  Boys without uniforms should be welcome.
Mar 09, 2014 - Rosa
I'm currently placing patches on my sons new scout shirt for crossing over and I was wondering about the unit numbers. I see that they go on the left sleeve under the council patch bit there is a space for a verteran bar. Since this is for a child and there is no verteran bar, should I leave the space? If so how much? Or should it go right up against the council patch. I can not seem to find any info stating that a different patch could possibly go in that space other than the veteran bar. Many thanks.
Mar 09, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rosa - The unit numerals should be touching the council patch if there is no veteran bar.
Mar 26, 2014 - Kevin
I just had a son graduate WEBELOS into the Boy Scout troop.  I also just accepted the Cubmaster role for my pack (my younger son is still there).  I will most likely be on the troop committee.  I only have one uniform shirt.  What is the proper way to do this with the two roles on one shirt?  Do I wear it as Cubmaster, and change epaulets when going to troop functions.  I know the easy answer is get another shirt (our previous cubmaster did that), but before that what is most proper?
Mar 26, 2014 - Kevin
to previous question as a leader in both the pack and if I join the troop committee can I wear both numbers?
Mar 26, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kevin - You wear ONE set of unit numerals on a uniform shirt.  It's part of your identification and would be confusing to have two.
Some people attach their unit numerals and position patch with velcro.  Then, they switch numerals, position patch, and shoulder loops depending on the role they are playing at the moment.
If not that, then you should display your "primary registered position" - in your case, Cubmaster and just wear it "as is" to troop committee functions.

PS:  The epaulets are the part sewn to the uniform and the colored parts slipped over them are called "shoulder loops".
Apr 25, 2014 - Vince
My son recently received a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award(PAL)patch and citation for finishing his troops first 6 week exercise/diet program! A Star rank scout, he would like to sew it on his tan shirt, if it's appropriate. (He would cut off the white loop above the round patch.)If it is allowed to be worn, my question is where to sew it? Can it be placed above the words "Boy Scouts of America"? Or,(also on the rt side) maybe below the "Troop Circle Patch with Surrounding squares" that show the 11 service areas that he's volunteered for? It might look a little strange in that spot though. Or, maybe just put on his merit badge sash! Thanks for your opinion.
Apr 25, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Vince - Hey, that's super!  I've been promoting the ScoutStrong program through my long hikes and am glad to hear of a scout completing the 6 weeks.

Of your listed ideas, the merit badge sash is the one that would be ok.  That PALA patch is classified as a "temporary patch" and, as such, can be displayed centered on the right pocket.  That's why it has a loop, so it can be hung from the pocket button.  
Only one temporary patch at a time should be worn, but I've seen multiples displayed.
The other option is to sew it to the back (not the front) of his merit badge sash.

Apr 28, 2014 - Monica
I have a scout that has recieved a National Volunteer Award.  Is he allowed to wear this on his scout uniform?  I've done some research and it does say one way or another.  Help?
May 15, 2014 - Jodi
I have a boy in my troop who has some sensory issues and struggles to wear the nylon-type pants which is all that is available at our scout shop.  I know it's not entirely "kosher" but in these situations, I think a matched-colored pair of pants would be acceptable.  This may also apply for those who struggle with expense, as the "official" pants are typically about twice the cost of a pair you can get elsewhere.  Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

Also, @Kevin, I have had times in my life when I've been involved in more than one unit and have sewn velcro onto the unit numerals and position patches so I could simply switch as appropriate.
May 15, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Jodi - Similarly colored pants are not part of the BSA uniform.  There are both canvas and polyester pants available at  There are old-style, but still official, BSA pants available on  

Regarding the price, I don't agree that the cost of pants is a valid reason to not be in uniform.  I wear a pair of BSA zip-offs that are going on 8 years now.  That includes over 70 weekend campouts, countless troop meetings, and literally thousands of miles of hiking.  For $40, I'm getting my $$$ worth from them.  I just sewed the button back on and they'll be fine for a few more adventures.

Some councils or districts have uniform exchanges set up to help scouts acquire less expensive uniforms.  Pro-active troops could encourage growing scouts to pass their old, usable uniform parts to younger scouts.

May 19, 2014 - Jodi
I'm actually kind of with Jodi on this one.  It might not be an official part of the BSA uniform, but as Scouting policy says NEVER to have a boy not participate for lack of a uniform, so I'll continue to appreciate them making any effort, especially those with a single mom who's just trying to get by when a boy out-grows his clothes every couple months.  And particularly the boys with more severe texture/sensory processing issues.  I've had a few over the years.  Uniform exchanges are great where they exist, but do not always exist and do not always have the proper sizes.  It's different, in my opinion, for adult Scouters versus the boys too.  Adults don't have size changes and stuff as often and are more prone to be able to truly get the moneys' worth out of a $40 pair of pants.  
May 19, 2014 - Jodi
That looked weird.  There's obviously more than one Jodi here on the board.
May 20, 2014 - Tom O'Neil
I was wondering what patches, if any, can be worn on the red wool jacket/shirt many adult leaders wear to events. Thanks
May 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Tom - Pretty much any patches that the owner wants to display, in any order or layout s/he desires.  There are some patches listed in the BSA Insignia Guide that are displayed on the jacket, but you can display any you'd like.
May 31, 2014 - DeAnn
My son's troop had a father who was active in our troop until he was diagnosed with cancer. He recently passed away and a memorial service is being held. Is it appropriate/allowed for the boys to wear their field/class a uniform to the memorial as a show of support and respect?
May 31, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@DeAnn - Sounds like a good thing to me, especially if their main relationship with the man was through their Boy Scout troop and they are representing that troop.
Jun 13, 2014 - CharteRep26
I have just became a Charter Rep and I am a former cub and boy scout. Can I wear my arrow of light knot and youth religious knot on my adult uniform?
Jun 13, 2014 - Brendan
CharteRep26, the knots can be worn, yes, but not the little Arrow of Light thing that's worn below the pocket on the 11-18 year-old youth uniform.

I have what's possibly a stupid question, but I'm seeing it more and more.  Are neckerchief slides required with neckerchiefs or is it acceptable to just tie them on with some kind of knot?  I was always under the impression that a knot was to be used only to secure a slide, but please correct me wrong.
Jun 18, 2014 - Kim
My grandson is turning 8 this year and wants to join cub scouts.  He is a "little person" and wears about a size 2. Any ideas about getting him a uniform?  Do you have specialty uniforms?   Any information will be helpful.
Jun 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kim - Please see my custom uniform post.  
Jul 29, 2014 - Kayla
In the original blurb here on this page it states that neckerchief & hat are optional. I know that each troop may vote on their own in each case and may vote to have none, thus making it optional. I'm wondering about Cubs, though. In our Pack, we ask that if a boy or leader wears a hat, it be the official one for their current uniform level and our committee has voted in one of the more feminine hats available at the Scout store as an option for female leaders.
My question is about neckerchiefs. I was under the impression that they are NOT optional for Cubs, only for older boys if their troop votes so. Am I correct?  Should I be after my leaders and boys who have but don't seem to think that they need to wear them?
Jul 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kayla - Yes, the neckerchief is part of the uniform for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos scouts.  If a scout has it, he should wear it.
Aug 16, 2014 - Ron
Is it permissible for adults who were scouts to wear their scout uniforms to funerals where they wish to honor a deceased scout.
Aug 17, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Ron - The BSA uniform is supposed to be only worn by actively registered members.

Aug 17, 2014 - Ron
Thanks Scouter Paul.  Can an adult maintain active active registration?  Are we scouts for life or some age out?
Aug 29, 2014 - Kayla
@Ron, it's generally pretty easy to register as a merit badge counselor if nothing else, but for adults to register, it's my understanding that they must be volunteering in some capacity. Most councils have a merit badge counselor application that requires little more than youth protection training, paying a small membership fee, passing a background check, and being able to show (often just list, like for golf you can just say you've played for a number of years or something... They expect you'll live the principals in the oath/law and be honest) the ability to counsel for at least one badge.
Else, a scout or scouter must register through a unit in some form. Registration has to be renewed annually, I think. If not, it's every couple years.
Sep 01, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kayla - Just a couple things to clarify from your post...
1. EVERY council has a merit badge counselor application - filling one out, submitting it, and being accepted is the ONLY way to become a merit badge counselor.  A MB counselor must also be a registered BSA adult volunteer - that means submitting another form for that.
2. All registered BSA adult volunteers (including MB counselors) must complete Youth Protection training and have a background check done as part of their BSA membership application.  BSA membership must be renewed each year.
3.  The MB Counselor position has no annual fee associated with it.
Sep 06, 2014 - eva
I bought the wrong color next size larger scout shirt for my son when he was a Bear. I went to the only scout store nearby (near BWI airport) to exchange it. Well shame on me, for I did not have the receipt (we shred ours in batches as the pile grows) and the tags were missing as I usually rinse everything once I bring it in the door. Three employees all refused to exchange our never worn or altered shirt for the correct colored shirt. I had shirt, pants, book, slide, socks and hat in hand to purchase! These shirts are EXPENSIVE enough that this sort of rigidness is very frustrating and unpleasant.  
Warning to MD area parents... Be sure to buy it correctly the very first time!
Sep 08, 2014 - Joe
@Eva Hello! Was the shop that you went to a National Scout Shop? or is it Council owned? I know if you were to come into my Scout Shop here in Salt Lake City which is a Natiaonlly owned, we would be able to work with you.

I do apologize for your bad experience. The National Shops have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, we may have not been able to give you cash back but I would be willing to exchange it.
Sep 13, 2014 - majichat
My son just finished and earned his first STEM and NOVA patches can these be worn along with his compass patch on the same pocket?
Sep 13, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@majichat - ONE temporary patch at a time is supposed to be displayed centered on the right pocket.  It's up to the scout to choose which patch to display and he can change them whenever he'd like.
Sep 19, 2014 - Craig Stidham
I have a youth who has earned a quite impressive amount honors of both pins and patches from his Cub Scout experience.  My impression is that once he became a Boy Scout the only honor that transfered to his new unifor is his Arrow of Light achievement.  Could you please point out to where I can find this bit of information?
Sep 19, 2014 - Katie
Craig is pointing out that the first year scout has put together his boy scout uniform incorrectly but that is incorrect he is wearing his proper Webelo uniform until we can get him a new Boy Scout uniform. The troop leader said we could wear the Webelo outfit as class A until a new Boy Scout uniform could be put together. I think it would be a shame to say those boys who worked so hard to earn the arrow of light and pins would then not be allowed to show their new troop what they had earned.
Per above: The cub scout to Webelo allows till Feb and beyond with den approval. Webelos may continue to wear their blue Cub Scout uniforms for as long as the den chooses. I have seen nothing that says a new scout is not allowed to wear his Webelo outfit the first part of the year.

Sep 20, 2014 - MO
My patrol watched the movie "Scout Camp" and saw them wearing red berets.  They thought the berets were cool.  
My questions is
1. Can the berets be black?
2. Does the berets have to be BSA approved?
3. Can the patrol wear the black berets with their Class A
Any information will help.
Sep 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Mo - The troop decides which neckerchief and headgear they use for their uniform.  Check out the Uniform Inspection Sheet where it says "headgear chosen by vote of the troop".

Sep 24, 2014 - Joe
@MO The berets are really cool and I had to get one when I was as Scout. The NDC does not sell them anymore BUT old uniform pieces are still vaild. So to answer your questions:
1. No they cannot be black
2. Yes with the BSA logo printed on it
3. They are offical uniform pieces (Older red berets), so you are allowed to wear them with you field uniform.

My suggestion to you would be to check eBay and find the older red berets. They are really cheap and most are in great condition.
Sep 29, 2014 - Nathan
I have recently volunteered to be Asst Scoutmaster in my son's troop.  I am a large guy and the 4X is big enough in the chest but not length.  How can I get a shirt that would better fit me, so I can tuck in my shirt and show the proper method of wearing the uniform to the scouts?
Sep 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Nathan - You can ask your local scout shop about Made-to-Measure uniforming from the BSA.  See page
Sep 29, 2014 - Nathan
@ Scouter Paul - Thanks for pointing that out. I honestly missed that whole line on the sizing page.
Sep 30, 2014 - Rachel
What color Loops do my boys wear after they become an Eagle Scout?
Sep 30, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rachel - The shoulder loops do not change base on rank.  They would continue to wear the same colored loops as they had before earning their Eagle rank.
Oct 08, 2014 - Joe
I actually had someone ask me the same thing the other day. Shoulder loops represent the family of scouting that you are in:

Blue: Cub Scouts
Olive Green/Red (discontinued but still vaild: Boy Scouts
Blaze Orange: Varsity
Forest Green: Venturing
Silver: District or Council
Gold: Area, Region, or National
Nov 07, 2014 - Garrett
I'm a new Cubmaster for my 8 year old son's pack.  I have two older boys who are Boy Scouts.  When attending Boy Scouts events (like a Court of Honor) is it appropriate or "correct" to wear my Cubmaster uniform, even if I don't have an active part in the Court of of Honor, I'm "just" attending as my boys' parent.
Nov 07, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Garrett - Sure!  You're a registered BSA member attending a Scouting function.  
Nov 11, 2014 - albert
are the leaders supposed to wear their uniform for any boy scout function whether they are a parent or not. we have some leader parents that pick and choose there uniform nights. committee meetings as well. is there a rule some place for this.
Nov 11, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@albert - Every BSA member should wear their uniform to all Scouting functions unless there's some reason not to.  After paying all that money for it, I wear mine as often as I can to get my money's worth out of it!
There is no rule, though - just as there is no rule that any boy has to have a uniform to be a scout.
Nov 13, 2014 - Amber
I am a new Den Leader for a Tiger Cub Den.  How do I know which shirt is appropriate for the scouts to wear (field vs activity) for Go See Its?  Typically we've been doing field for Den Meetings and Pack Meetings. This weekend we are going to the Fire Dept.  Which would you recommend for this visit?
Nov 13, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Amber - I'd go with the field uniform since they are probably not going to be doing anything really 'active', but either uniform should be fine.
Jan 06, 2015 - Craig Stidham
Hello Scouter Paul,
I am still in need of how to address what transfers over onto a Scouts uniform from their Cub Scout experience.
Very humbly await your reply.

Jan 06, 2015 - Michael B.
Hello Scouter Paul,
I saw a scout at a Court of Honor with 2 merit badge sashes sewed together to form "1" sash.  This was brought up to the ASM of the scout's patrol and the answer was it is 1 sash.  I believe this is wrong.  Right or Wrong??????
Jan 06, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Craig - Arrow of Light, Religious Emblem, James West, Medal of Merit, and Honor Medal are the only ones I know of that could go on the Boy Scout uniform having been awarded to a Cub Scout.  I suppose any patch the scout wanted to display in the "temporary" spot centered on his right pocket would be ok, too.
Jan 06, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Michael - I believe there is enough room on the front and back of one sash to hold all merit badges, so there is no need to wear two sashes.  The Guide to Awards and Insignia also says that only one sash may be worn at a time.

I think sewing two, three, four, ... sashes together does not make one sash.  But, the scout is present, active, and in uniform, so I'd be happy with that.
Jan 07, 2015 - John
@Michael B, It is only one sash. Sewing two together would be altering the uniform. Paul is right in stating that all the merit badges except for like 15 will fit on one 36" merit badge sash.

This Scouting Magazine Blog page is all you need to know about merit badge sashes.
Jan 15, 2015 - Cathy
Does anyone know where to get the little leather strips that have a button hole on one end and can be glued to the back of a wooden name tag?  I can't find them anywhere.
Jan 15, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Cathy - See - there are a few different kinds.  You might just cut your own leather strips out of bulk leather if you want something less fancy.

Feb 20, 2015 - Megan
I just received the Scout Sunday pin and I'm wondering if you wear it on your uniform are where you're supposed to wear it. Any advice to do with the scouts sunday pin would be much appreciated.
Feb 22, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Megan - It can be frustrating to have a recognition item with no direction on where and how to display it.  The BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia discusses "temporary insignia" but only refers to patches, not pins.
To be safe, items such as that Scout Sunday pin that have no direction should not be worn on the uniform, but be displayed on a recognition vest, blanket, or wall display.  There many of these items available from the BSA at or your local scout shop which are not intended to be worn on the uniform.
Mar 01, 2015 - rachel
Can you tell me if Boy Scout apparel typically runs small? My son usually wears a 30 shorts and I think he will need a 34? The uniform shirts seems to run smaller too.????? Thank you.
Mar 02, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@rachel - Sizing between any brand of clothing differs when S, M, L are used. †The only way to tell the fit is to try them on. †It would sure be nice to have waist sizes and lengths listed on but the West Central Florida Council has this chart info...
(Click it for a bigger view)

Mar 03, 2015 - DMP Scouter
Is there regs of kilts in scouting?
Mar 03, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@DMP - On the uniform inspection sheet, it is stated: Pants/Shorts: Official pants or official uniform pants or shorts; no cuffs. (Units have no option to change.)

Kilts are not part of the official BSA uniform.
Mar 04, 2015 - DMP Scouter
@ Scouter Paul:  Thank you.
Mar 07, 2015 - dmpscouter
Can the parent pin given to a scout when he achieves his rank be worn on the official BSA uniform?
Mar 16, 2015 - Scouter Joe
@dmpscouter the NDC produces a parents lanyard and ribbons, though most just wear them on pockets or collars. The former would be the preferred method, keeping the uniform uncluttered. Though I would say the exception are Eagle parent/mentor pins.
Mar 16, 2015 - Scouter Joe
@dmpscouter Kilts would be not proper for Scouts, though they could be adopted to be part of a Venturing uniform. See the great article from Bryan on Scouting:

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