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 - scoutstuff.org
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
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
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
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: www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/UniformUpdate.aspx
@Tim, this form may be helpful. There's one for Webelos too if you google "Webelo Uniform Inspection Sheet": www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34282.pdf
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".