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:
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.
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
If you are talking about some other LNT patch, it probably doesn't belong on the uniform.
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?
I've seen some people attach position patches with velcro and just put on whichever matches the job they are performing at the time.
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!
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.
I would check with the Cub Master and get his thoughts as well.
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.
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
@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!!
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.
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.
@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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A Pack should encourage uniforming, but not require it. Boys without uniforms should be welcome.
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