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<center><big>The [[Cub Uniform|Cub Scout Uniform]], [[Scout Uniform|Scout Uniform]], and [[Uniform#When_is_a_Scout_.22in_uniform.22.3F|Adult Leader Uniform]] include the shirt, pants, belt, socks, etc.<br> '''Wearing the shirt alone is <u>not</u> &#8220;in uniform.&#8221;''' However, [[Uniform#Rarely_required|the uniform is rarely ''required''.]]</big></center><br>
<center><big>The [[Cub Uniform|Cub Scout Uniform]], [[Scout Uniform|Scout Uniform]], and [[Uniform#When_is_a_Scout_.22in_uniform.22.3F|Adult Leader Uniform]] include the shirt, pants, belt, socks, etc.<br> '''Wearing the shirt alone is <u>not</u> &#8220;in uniform.&#8221;''' However, [[Uniform#Rarely_required|the uniform is rarely ''required''.]]</big></center><br>
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{{quote-source|“Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.|[[Robert Baden-Powell]]}}
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{{quote-source|Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.|[[Robert Baden-Powell]]}}
==When is a Cub Scout "in uniform"?==
==When is a Cub Scout "in uniform"?==
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== Other information ==
== Other information ==
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The uniform is rarely required. Even for an Eagle Scout [[Board of Review]], the uniform ''"should"'' be worn but is not required to be worn:{{quote-GTA|It is preferred a Scout be in full field uniform for any board of review. As much of the uniform as the Scout owns should be worn, and it should be as correct as possible, with the badges worn properly. It may be the uniform as typically worn by the Scout’s troop, crew, or ship. If wearing all or part of the uniform is impractical for whatever reason, the candidate should be clean and neat in appearance and dressed appropriately, according to the Scout’s means, for the milestone marked by the occasion. Regardless of unit, district, or council expectations or rules, boards of review shall not reject candidates solely for reasons related to uniforming or attire, as long as they are dressed to the above description. Candidates shall not be required to purchase uniforming or clothing to participate in a board of review.|8.0.0.4 Wearing the Uniform—or Neat in Appearance, p. 54, 2019}}
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The uniform is rarely required. Even for an Eagle Scout [[Board of Review]], the uniform ''"should"'' be worn but is not required to be worn:{{quote-GTA|It is preferred a Scout be in full field uniform for any board of review. As much of the uniform as the Scout owns should be worn, and it should be as correct as possible, with the badges worn properly. It may be the uniform as typically worn by the Scout’s troop, crew, or ship. If wearing all or part of the uniform is impractical for whatever reason, the candidate should be clean and neat in appearance and dressed appropriately, according to the Scout’s means, for the milestone marked by the occasion. Regardless of unit, district, or council expectations or rules, boards of review shall not reject candidates solely for reasons related to uniforming or attire, as long as they are dressed to the above description. Candidates shall not be required to purchase uniforming or clothing to participate in a board of review.|8.0.0.4 Wearing the Uniform—or Neat in Appearance, p. 54, 2019|95%}}
There are two exceptions:
There are two exceptions:
* Scout and adult leader participants attending a [[National Jamboree]] are required to be in uniform. (Visitors do not need to be in uniform.)
* Scout and adult leader participants attending a [[National Jamboree]] are required to be in uniform. (Visitors do not need to be in uniform.)
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===Badges of Rank Are for Youth Members===
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=== Badges of Rank Are for Youth Members ===
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{{quote-source|In Scouting, the advancement program is limited to youth members only. Adult Scouters should neither seek awards designed for youth members nor wear them on the Scouter uniform except for square knots representing the Arrow of Light rank, Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Summit Award, Quartermaster Award, or religious emblems earned as a youth member.|''[[Guide to Awards and Insignia]]'' (2018), &sect; Section 1: Special Regulations, &para; Badges of Rank Limited to Youth Members, p. 11}}
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{{quote-source|In Scouting, the advancement program is limited to youth members only. Adult Scouters should neither seek awards designed for youth members nor wear them on the Scouter uniform except for square knots representing the Arrow of Light rank, Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Summit Award, Quartermaster Award, or religious emblems earned as a youth member.|''[[Guide to Awards and Insignia]]'' (2018), &sect; Section 1: Special Regulations, &para; Badges of Rank Limited to Youth Members, p. 11|95%}}
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===Prohibition of Alteration===
 
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{{quote-source|No alteration of, or additions to, the official uniforms, as described in the official guidelines or the Rules and Regulations covering the wearing of the uniform and the proper combinations thereof on official occasions, may be authorized by any Scouting official or local council.|<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/membership/pdf/Rules_and_Regulations_June_2018.pdf ''BSA Rules and Regulations'' {{PDF}}]</span> -- Article VII, Programs, &sect; INSIGNIA, UNIFORMS, AND BADGES, &para; Use of Uniform}}
 
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===The Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of Scouting===
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=== Prohibition of Alteration ===
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{{quote-source|No alteration of, or additions to, the official uniforms, as described in the official guidelines or the Rules and Regulations covering the wearing of the uniform and the proper combinations thereof on official occasions, may be authorized by any Scouting official or local council.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/membership/pdf/Rules_and_Regulations_June_2018.pdf ''BSA Rules and Regulations'' {{PDF}}]</span> -- Article VII, Programs, &sect; Insignia, Uniforms, and Badges, &para; Use of Uniform|95%}}
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=== The Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of Scouting ===
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The Scout '''Uniform''' is one of the [[Aims and Methods]] of the Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs.
The Scout '''Uniform''' is one of the [[Aims and Methods]] of the Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs.
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;<u>Cub Scouting</u>
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{{quote-source|Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement (Scouts wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, and good behavior.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/aims-and-methods/ Cub Scouting Aims and Methods]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org}}
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{{quote-source|Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement (Scouts wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, and good behavior.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/aims-and-methods/ Cub Scouting Aims and Methods]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org|95%}}
;<u>Scouts BSA</u>
;<u>Scouts BSA</u>
{{quote-source|The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. <nowiki>[</nowiki>Scouts BSA<nowiki>]</nowiki> is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.<br /><br />
{{quote-source|The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. <nowiki>[</nowiki>Scouts BSA<nowiki>]</nowiki> is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.<br /><br />
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The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities, and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/hispanic/pdf/521-042.pdf ''The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting'' {{PDF}}]</span> (2011 Printing)}}
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The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities, and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/hispanic/pdf/521-042.pdf ''The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting'' {{PDF}}]</span> (2011 Printing)|95%}}
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=== Class A vs Class B ===
=== Class A vs Class B ===
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Class A and Class B are unofficial nicknames for the scout uniforms. Though generally understood, some scouters prefer the proper uniform names.
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Class A and Class B are unofficial nicknames for the Scout uniforms.
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* Class A is a nickname for the Official BSA "Field Uniform".
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* Class B is a nickname for the BSA "Activity Uniform" (i.e., Scouting related t-shirt with Scout pants or shorts.)
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* Class A is the nickname for the BSA "Field Uniform".
 
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* Class B is the nickname for the BSA "Activity Uniform" (i.e., Scouting related t-shirt with Scout pants or shorts.)
 
=== Should Uniform Shirts Be Tucked In? ===
=== Should Uniform Shirts Be Tucked In? ===
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{{quote-source|Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Scout, Sea Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt or blouse. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.|''[[Guide to Awards and Insignia]]'' (2018), &sect; Section 1: Official Policy, p.5|95%}}
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{{quote-source|Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Scout, Sea Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt or blouse. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.|''[[Guide to Awards and Insignia]]'' (2018), &sect; Section 1: Official Policy, p.5}}
 
=== Uniform Inspection ===
=== Uniform Inspection ===
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==See also==
==See also==

Revision as of 12:13, February 21, 2019

For the uniform worn by Sea Scouting youth and leaders, see Uniform (Sea Scouting).
For the uniform worn by Venturing youth and leaders, see Uniform (Venturing).


The Cub Scout Uniform, Scout Uniform, and Adult Leader Uniform include the shirt, pants, belt, socks, etc.
Wearing the shirt alone is not “in uniform.” However, the uniform is rarely required.

Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.
Robert Baden-Powell

Contents

When is a Cub Scout "in uniform"?

Webelos Uniform
Webelos Uniform
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Cub Uniform
Tiger and Cub Scout Uniforms
Tiger and Cub Scout Uniforms
Lion

The Lion Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official Lion t-shirt.
  2. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  3. Cap—Official navy-blue Lion cap.
  4. Neckerchief—Optional Lion neckerchief. The Lion den decides if they will wear the neckerchief.
  5. Neckerchief slide—Optional Lion neckerchief slide.

Official uniform pants, shorts, or skorts, and Cub Scout socks are optional. Use of these items for Lions is decided by the den leader and families in the den. There is no uniform inspection sheet for Lions.

Tiger

The Tiger Cub Scout uniform has the following parts;

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger socks have an orange band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official blue hat with orange front and Tiger emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Orange triangular neckerchief with Tiger logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with orange Tiger emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Wolf

The Wolf Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Wolf socks have a yellow band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official hat either yellow or red front and Wolf emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Either yellow or red triangular neckerchief with Wolf logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with red Wolf emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Bear

The Bear Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Bear socks have a yellow band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official blue hat with light blue front and Bear emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Light blue triangular neckerchief with Bear logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with light blue Bear emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Webelos

The Webelos Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official tan uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— The official green shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle or the green web belt with BSA buckle is acceptable for the 2018-19 program year.
  4. Socks—Official green socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee.
  5. Hat—Official green hat with Webelos plaid front and Webelos emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Webelos plaid triangular neckerchief with Webelos logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with Webelos emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
  8. Webelos Colors—The Webelos Colors is an optional uniform piece that is worn on the right sleeve to display the Webelos Adventure Pins that have been earned. If the Webelos Colors are not used, Webelos Adventure Pins may be worn on the Webelos hat.

When is a Scout "in uniform"?

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Scout Uniform

A Scout is "in uniform" when he wears the four parts of his uniform.

The BSA's official Scout uniform (sometimes called the "field uniform") iincludes a Scout shirt, Scout pants or Scout shorts, Scout belt, Scout socks, and shoes or hiking boots. Your troop may also elect to wear a cap or broad-brimmed hat and a neckerchief. Your uniform may be brand new, or it might have been worn by others for many troop activities. Proudly wear your uniform to troop meetings, special ceremonies, and other troop functions where dressing up is appropriate. When you're head outdoors to do something active, you can pull on a T-shirt with Scout pants or shorts, or wear other clothing that is appropriate for the events of the day. This is sometimes called an "activity uniform."
Scouts BSA Handbook, 13th/14th editions, § Adventure Ahead, ¶ Your Scout Uniform, p. 21

The Scout uniform has four required parts:

  1. Shirt and Neckwear. Official long- or short-sleeve uniform shirt with green shoulder loops on epaulets. The troop may vote to wear a neckerchief, bolo tie, or no neckwear. In any case, the collar should be unbuttoned. The troop has the choice of wearing the neckerchief over the turned-under collar or under the open collar.
  2. Belt. Official Scouts BSA web belt with BSA insignia on buckle; or official leather belt with buckle of your choice, worn only if voted by the troop/team. Members wear one of the belts chosen by vote of the troop.
  3. Pants/Shorts. Official, olive, no cuffs. (Units have no option to change.)
  4. Socks. Official socks with official shorts or pants. (Long socks are optional with shorts.)
  • Headgear. Optional - All troop members must wear the headgear chosen by vote of the troop.
  • Shoes. Leather or canvas, neat and clean.
Boy Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (2016 Printing)

When is an Adult Leader "in uniform"?

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Adult Leader Uniform or Adult Uniform

The Adult Leader's uniform has four required and two optional parts, just like the youth uniform:

  • Headgear. Headgear is optional.
  • Shirt/Blouse and Neckwear. Long or short sleeves with appropriate loops on epaulets. Neckwear is optional but must be worn according to specifications in the Insignia Guide. Male Cub Scout and Scout leaders wear the official tan shirt. Female Cub Scout leaders wear either the official yellow blouse or the official tan blouse. Female Scout leaders wear the official tan blouse. Male Venturing leaders wear the official green shirt. Female Venturing leaders wear the official green blouse.
  • Pants/Shorts. Units have no option to change. Male Cub Scout and Scout leaders wear the official olive-colored shorts or pants with no cuffs. Female Cub Scout leaders wear the official blue shorts, skirt, or pants with the yellow blouse or the official olive-colored shorts or pants with the tan blouse. Venturing leaders wear the official gray pants or shorts.
  • Belt. Male leaders wear the official olive web belt or official leather belt with the buckle of their choice. Female leaders wear the official blue Cub Scout or Webelos Scout buckle with blue pants, or the official olive web belt or official leather belt with the buckle of their choice with olive pants.
  • Socks. Male Cub Scout and Scout leaders wear olive green socks with red tops with shorts or pants. Female leaders wear the blue socks with gold tops with the blue shorts or pants, or the olive green socks with red tops with olive-colored shorts or pants. Venturing leaders wear the official gray socks.
  • Nameplates are optional.

---Adult Leader Uniform Inspection Sheet

See the Guide to Awards and Insignia for more information. You can purchase uniforms online at ScoutShop.org or at local Scout Shops.

Other information

Rarely required


The uniform is rarely required. Even for an Eagle Scout Board of Review, the uniform "should" be worn but is not required to be worn:

It is preferred a Scout be in full field uniform for any board of review. As much of the uniform as the Scout owns should be worn, and it should be as correct as possible, with the badges worn properly. It may be the uniform as typically worn by the Scout’s troop, crew, or ship. If wearing all or part of the uniform is impractical for whatever reason, the candidate should be clean and neat in appearance and dressed appropriately, according to the Scout’s means, for the milestone marked by the occasion. Regardless of unit, district, or council expectations or rules, boards of review shall not reject candidates solely for reasons related to uniforming or attire, as long as they are dressed to the above description. Candidates shall not be required to purchase uniforming or clothing to participate in a board of review.
Guide To Advancement § 8.0.0.4 Wearing the Uniform—or Neat in Appearance, p. 54, 2019.

There are two exceptions:

  • Scout and adult leader participants attending a National Jamboree are required to be in uniform. (Visitors do not need to be in uniform.)
  • The National Honor Patrol Award requires that at least 75 percent of the patrol's membership wear the full uniform correctly.


Badges of Rank Are for Youth Members


In Scouting, the advancement program is limited to youth members only. Adult Scouters should neither seek awards designed for youth members nor wear them on the Scouter uniform except for square knots representing the Arrow of Light rank, Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Summit Award, Quartermaster Award, or religious emblems earned as a youth member.
Guide to Awards and Insignia (2018), § Section 1: Special Regulations, ¶ Badges of Rank Limited to Youth Members, p. 11


Prohibition of Alteration


No alteration of, or additions to, the official uniforms, as described in the official guidelines or the Rules and Regulations covering the wearing of the uniform and the proper combinations thereof on official occasions, may be authorized by any Scouting official or local council.
BSA Rules and Regulations Adobe Acrobat PDF -- Article VII, Programs, § Insignia, Uniforms, and Badges, ¶ Use of Uniform


The Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of Scouting


The Scout Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of the Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs.

Cub Scouting
Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement (Scouts wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, and good behavior.
Cub Scouting Aims and Methods — Scouting.org
Scouts BSA
The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. [Scouts BSA] is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.

The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities, and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting Adobe Acrobat PDF (2011 Printing)


Class A vs Class B


Class A and Class B are unofficial nicknames for the Scout uniforms.

  • Class A is a nickname for the Official BSA "Field Uniform".
  • Class B is a nickname for the BSA "Activity Uniform" (i.e., Scouting related t-shirt with Scout pants or shorts.)


Should Uniform Shirts Be Tucked In?


Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Scout, Sea Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt or blouse. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.
Guide to Awards and Insignia (2018), § Section 1: Official Policy, p.5


Uniform Inspection



Patch Placement and Uniform Inspection Sheets
Uniform Inspection Sheets
Insignia Guides
Uniform Guides

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