Webelos Scout Uniform
The uniform is integral to the Scouting program. It identifies the scouts and adults with Webelos and gives them a sense of belonging to the den, the pack, and the Boy Scouts of America. The uniform distinguishes Webelos from other Cub Scouts. Scouts and leaders should wear it to all den meetings, pack meetings, and special pack activities.
Webelos no longer wear the blue Cub Scout uniform, and only wear the tan Scouts BSA uniform colors:
- the oval Webelos rank badge is displayed in the same location that Scouts BSA rank badges will be placed
- the tan shirt can be used in Scouts BSA
- when doing Arrow of Light activities with a Scouts BSA troop the Webelos will fit in
- further distinction as the 'senior' group in the Pack
- many scouts outgrow their blue uniforms
Each Webelos den should learn to work as a patrol. To help with that patrol identity, each den can choose a Patrol Patch and create a patrol flag, name, and yell.
Tip: If you get a green Scouts BSA belt for your tan uniform, you will not be able to display any Cub Scout belt loops. The belt widths are different and the loops will not fit. Notice the blue belt in the photo.
The uniform shown here is known as the Field Uniform. The Activity Uniform is a custom pack T-Shirt and scout pants. These two uniforms (Field and Activity) are often referred to as Class A and Class B uniforms, but that is not correct BSA terminology.
Packs can design their own Activity shirt. The most well-known place for pack T-shirts is the ClassB.com web site. They are an official licensee of the Boy Scouts of America and have been providing high quality products to scouts since 1982.
The Webelos den leader wears the official Cub Scout leader uniform and the Webelos Cub leader neckerchief.
Retrieve a list of Scout shops and distributors in your area at this Scout Store Locator
These uniforms are a significant cost for many scouting families. Some possible ways to reduce costs are:
- Have your scout earn the uniform or part of it.
- Purchase only minimum expected items in your pack.
- Buy used uniforms on eBay.com or local clothes store.
- Check with your pack or district about a Uniform Exchange where you can pick up or drop off uniforms.
Feb 28, 2016 - David Smith
Feb 28, 2016 - Scouter Paul
@David - Webelos scouts receive the Webelos rank patch when they complete all the Webelos rank requirements. There is no pin to denote the Webelos rank, but there is a Webelos Parent Pin that can be purchased.
Mar 22, 2016 - Kim
Aug 08, 2016 - Scott
Aug 08, 2016 - Scouter Paul
Oct 02, 2016 - tressa Johnson
Oct 11, 2016 - Flo
Also, I was told at the scout store that the wolf belt buckle is considered to be a universal buckle that can be worn Bob Cat through Webelos. Is this correct?
Feb 08, 2017 - Mary
Feb 08, 2017 - Scouter Paul
Feb 19, 2017 - Fabel Konicke
Feb 21, 2017 - Scouter Paul
Dec 02, 2017 - Jeff
My scout earned his Bobcat, Tiger, and Wolf badges in cub scouts. He skipped the Bear year, and is now starting back as a Webelo. His den wears the tan shirts. Should we go ahead and put his previous ranks on the shirt just as they were on his blue cub shirt, or leave them off and wait until he earns his Webelo badge?
Dec 02, 2017 - Scouter Paul
Dec 06, 2017 - Jane
Mar 08, 2018 - Jodi
Mar 13, 2018 - Roger
Mar 13, 2018 - Scouter Paul
May 08, 2018 - Charles
May 08, 2018 - Scouter Paul
@Charles - Please read the comment just above yours. That is the latest update info, but I've not yet seen any other BSA info about "tan only" for Webelos. Read this page for current, official BSA Webelos uniform information.
Jun 02, 2018 - Roy Engle
Jun 02, 2018 - Scouter Paul
Aug 27, 2018 - Nicholas Schiavo
Aug 29, 2018 - Jane
Under the "old" uniform guidelines, Webelos Scouts could choose to wear the blue or the tan uniform. The den emblem (patch) could be worn on either the blue or tan uniform shirt.
Sep 19, 2018 - Chris
I agree with this statement made by BSA on this site. I am also very disappointed with the lack of leadership in solving this issue by BSA. BSA in an effort to make scouting more inclusive should work to reduce the costs associated with the program, including uniform costs. A different vendor may be an option.
Sep 25, 2018 - Kimberly
Sep 25, 2018 - Scouter Paul
@Kimberly - Only the oval Webelos patch is worn on the left
pocket, and the Arrow of Light patch can be worn below the
If your scout really wants to show the previous ranks, there is a plastic patch holder for them at ScoutShop.org.
Jun 25, 2019 - OldScout
In reality - the main issue for them in uniforms is the consistency of documentation and sizing. Especially for skinny kids. My son's green shorts are past his knees in the smallest size they make, they'll be fine although I can see where he won't be happy with them. Smartly, the green pants come ready to hem, so that's great. The blue pants never did fit and all we could find were the hideous zip offs which had the zipper down to his ankles. :) So he never did have an official uniform pair of blue pants to wear. It also seems odd they're only making the hats in fitted. Really odd for kids.
Jun 25, 2019 - Scouter Paul
@OldScout - There IS a "field" and "activity" uniform description
in Scoutmaster Training as well as in many other BSA documents.
See SM Training PDF as an example, page 150.
By using the correct terms, we can help parents and scouts learn the correct terms.
Jun 26, 2019 - Jane
Jan 12, 2020 - KIM
Jan 13, 2020 - Jane
"Webelos adventure pins are worn on the plaid front panel of the Webelos cap or on the optional Webelos colors, if selected by the pack."
No particular order for the adventure pins is specified, so Scouts may choose to wear them in any order they wish. The backs of the pins might scrape against the tops of the pins underneath, so Scouts / parents might want to be aware of this and put additional pins on the Webelos cap.
There is a link to the Uniform Inspection Sheet just above "Webelos Scout Tan Uniform Costs" on this page.
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