Uniform: You Stand Taller When You Put It On

The Boy Scout Scout uniform is an important part of Boy Scouting. It helps to build a sense of belonging with the group. The word “uniform” means “Conforming to one principle, standard or rule; consistant.” By properly wearing the Boy Scout uniform, we show our acceptance of the ideals of Boy Scouting – the Scout Oath and the Scout Laws.

The Boy Scout uniform is the only proper place to display rank and other advancements. All awards should be updated as soon as possible. Dated patches, such as old Quality Unit Awards, should be removed or updated when expired.

When in uniform, Scouts should refrain from “individual expression” in the form of accessories and other clothing. The Boy Scout uniform itself provides for expression through the many rank, special achievement and participation awards which are part of the uniform. No patches or awards which are not approved by the BSA should ever be displayed on the uniform. Other restrictions are listed below.

The full Field Uniform is required at all Scoutmaster Conferences AND Boards of Review. Any Scout wishing to attend either of these reviews will need to be in uniform ; Shirt, Neckerchief, MB sash, Pants/shorts, belt.

Our Scouts wear the official uniform recommended by the Boy Scouts of America.

Class A Uniform

  • BSA Hat (Optional)
  • BSA Shirt
  • Neckerchief (Troop provided)
  • BSA Slide
  • BSA Belt
  • BSA Pants/Shorts (Switchbacks reccommended)
  • BSA Socks

Class B Uniform

  • Troop 278 Issued T-Shirt. We place orders once a year.
  • This shirt is to be worn when wearing the Class A uniform is not required

Camouflage pants, jackets, etc.

  • Military style camouflage is never appropriate in Scouts and is forbidden by the Federal Charter.
  • According to the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA No. 57-492), under “Insignia, Uniforms, and Badges,” Clause 4(b) states: “Imitation of United States Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps uniforms is prohibited, in accordance with the provisions of the organization’s Charter.”

Required Patches

  • All uniforms should have the following minimum patches.
  • American Flag on right sleeve. (Comes with shirt)
  • Patrol patch on right sleeve.
  • Council patch (Pikes Peak Council) on left sleeve.
  • Troop numerals (“21”) on left sleeve. (provided @ crossover)
  • World Scouting Crest above left pocket.
  • See the Uniform Inspection Sheet at the end of this page for placement details.

Jewelry

In addition to not being a part of the official Cub Scout uniform, jewelry can also present a safety concern. Serious injury to the wearer and others can occur when jewelry becomes entangled during activities. The pack committee strongly urges that no jewelry be worn at pack activities regardless of whether the Scouts are in full uniform or not.

  • Necklaces – Any necklace must be completly covered by the uniform shirt. It is strongly suggested that this be limited to religious medalions appropriate to the Scout’s faith.
  • Earrings – Earrings are not appropriate with the Cub Scout uniform and should be removed.
  • Rings – Small, plain rings with no protrusions may be permitted. Rings with protrusions which could scratch others are not permitted.

Hair

  • Hair should be kept clean and neat. Hair which extends to the shoulder or longer should be restraine

If you have questions regarding any patch placement, please ask your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or any Troop Committee member.

Uniform Inspection Sheet

  • In order to assist with proper placement of patches, a copy of the official uniform inspection sheet is given above

BSA Uniform Rules and Regulations

The official uniforms are intended primarily for use in connection with Scouting activities. They should be worn to all troop events, and may be worn to school, church, or any family function. The uniform may also be worn while participating in a troop money-earning project if approved by the local council.

The uniform MAY NOT be worn by either Boy Scouts or adult leaders when:

  • Involved in any distinctly political endeavor
  • Appearing on the stage professionally without special approval from the National Executive Board
  • Taking part in parades, except when rendering service as a Boy Scout or leader or when officially representing the Boy Scouts of America
  • Participating in demonstrations not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America

All uniforms, badges, and insignia of the Boy Scouts of America may be used only by members of the Boy Scouts of America who are registered and in good standing. No alteration of or addition to the official uniform, badges, or insignia, or the rules and regulations covering the wearing of the uniform, may be authorized by anyone except the National Executive Board. Badges awarded by organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America may not be worn on the official uniform. (Exceptions: Historic Trails Award and religious emblems) (See Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America and the Insignia Guide for additional information on uniform rules and regulations.)