The Boy Scout uniform is an outward sign of our continued presence in the community. The uniform stands for all the ideals of Scouting, and may be worn with pride. The uniform also serves as a scout's public proclamation of personal achievement within the scouting program, displaying outward symbols for active program participation as well as for fulfilling specific award requirements.
Unless otherwise told, every scout should wear his uniform to every meeting and every Scouting event - no exceptions. For hot weather or work-type events, the Class "B" uniform should be worn.
The "Class A" uniform is the button-up khaki shirt with the rank insignia and other badges sewn to it. It may be either long-sleeved or short-sleeved. As mentioned above, it is always appropriate to wear the Class A Uniform to Scouting activities. The Class A Uniform is required to be worn when traveling with the troop.
Merit Badge Sash REVERENT
All merit badges are sewn to the Merit Badge Sash, and nothing else. The sash is considered a "dress" element of the uniform, and should be worn for more formal or serious occasions, and special ceremonies, such as an Eagle Scout Award presentation. Note: when wearing the sash, some scouts find it easier to keep the sash from falling off their shoulder by temporarily attaching the sash to the shoulder seam of their Class "A" uniform from underneath with a small safety pin.
Many troops, including our own, sell troop t-shirts - our new ones will be military green with a design on the back. We call these t-shirts Class "B" uniforms. They are appropriate to wear for more physical warm-weather activities, such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and activities at summer Scout Camp.
Our Links page includes an entire section with links to other websites with details about where to place patches, badges, and insignias on the Boy Scout uniform. Click here to see them.
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Actually, the Boy Scout uniform is not terribly complicated, especially when compared with the Cub Scout uniform. Basically, there are only four general areas on the shirt where items may be sewn: two sleeves and two pockets. For a visual reference, there is a great guide to insignia placement shown on the inside covers of the Boy Scout Handbook, which each Scout should own.
RIGHT POCKET ON MY HONOR
Let's start with the easiest: the right pocket. Temporary, comemorative badges may be attached to the face of this pocket. These include event badges from camps and hikes. The right pocket flap is reserved for certain special patches. Temporary comemorative patches may also be displayed in a special clear plastic pocket that attaches to the flap button.
LEFT POCKET I WILL DO MY BEST
The left pocket gets a bit more involved:
Boy Scout Rank Insignia - the Rank Insignia indicates that rank the scout has achieved, with Eagle being the highest. A full set of rank insignias is shown on our Advancement page.* **coming soon*** The rank insignia is always sewn on the center of the left pocket face. Note: as a scout achieves each new rank, the old rank insignia will need to be removed and the new rank insignia sewn on in it's place.
* The "Scout" rank insignia, given to brand-new scouts, is not shown on the Advancement page.
The "Scout" rank insignia is an oval patch with the Boy Scout fleur-de-lees on it.
Arrow Of Light Award - the Arrow Of Light is one of only three Cub Scout awards that may be directly transferred to the Boy Scout uniform. It is attached directly below the left pocket.
World Crest - the World Crest is one of only three Cub Scout awards that may be directly transferred to the Boy Scout uniform. It is attached about 2 inches above the left pocket.
RIGHT SLEEVE TO DO MY DUTY
Everything sewn onto this sleeve is aligned vertically below the U.S. Flag that comes attached to the uniform at the top of this sleeve. Leave about a 1/4-inch gap between each patch.
Patrol Insignia - the Patrol Insignia goes on the right sleeve, directly below the U.S. Flag. This is a 1-inch round patch that corresponds roughly to the patrol name (panther patrol patch is shown here).
Quality Unit Award - the Quality Unit Award goes on the right sleeve, below the Patrol Insignia.
LEFT SLEEVE TO GOD AND MY COUNTRY
The left sleeve gets a bit more involved.......
Council Patch - the Council Patch goes at the top of the left sleeve. Align the curved top edge of this patch just below the shoulder seam at the top of the sleeve. Note: the design of the Council patch changes slightly from time to time, so your Council Patch may not exactly match the one shown here.
Unit Numerals - "67" - these numerals go just below the Council Patch.
Office Insignia - this is a 2-inch round patch indicating a temporary office, such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, etc. This patch is sewn about 1/4-inch below the Unit Numerals. It is a temporary patch, and needs to be removed when the scout no longer holds the office.
"Trained" Insignia - the "Trained" patch goes at the bottom of the left sleeve.