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Scout Uniforms

Boy scouts have a really iconic look. If you see a boy in that blue shirt and yellow neckerchief you automatically know what he is representing. But why wear a uniform? Here’s what the BSA has to say:

[U]niforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.Boy Scouts of America

The scout uniform we recognize most was designed in 1980 by Oscar de la Renta. In 2008 the Centennial uniform was introduced, which dropped some of the brighter colors (red and yellow) in favor of more nature-friendly colors.

Each Troop decides on their uniform specifications.  For day camps or other outings they may choose to wear matching t-shirts instead of their regular scout shirt.

The Basic Parts of a Scout Uniform

Hat- usually a baseball cap. Berets and campaign hats have also been worn.

Shirt – Cub scouts wear blue. Webelos can wear either blue or tan. Boy scouts wear tan. Venture Scouts (both boys and girls) wear green. Leaders generally wear tan, though female leaders still sometimes wear yellow, and venturing leaders can wear green.

Neckerchief – each level of scouting has a different neckerchief and woggle. Part of woodbadge training involves learning to make your own woggle, and when you complete your ticket and earn your beads you also earn a new neckerchief.

Sash – for merit badge patches, it is not usually worn for activities.

Pants – or shorts. Knickers were part of the original 1910 uniform. Women leaders have also had the option to wear skirts or culottes.

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