Whenever you see a person in a uniform, you get a quick sense of who they are and what they do. The members of a sports team wear their uniforms to say “I belong to this group.” Police officers and firefighters wear their uniforms to say “I provide a service to my community.” Even superheroes wear uniforms to say “I’m one of the good guys, and I stand for what’s right.”
Just like all of these people, Scouts also wear a uniform, and for the very same reasons. As a Cub Scout, you belong to a special group of people, you give service to your community, and you have made a promise to do your best to be one of the “good guys.” Wearing your uniform is a way of saying these things to everyone who sees you.
PARTS OF THE UNIFORM
The parts that make up your Cub Scout uniform are these:
- The Cub Scout shirt, with long or short sleeves
- Cub Scout shorts or trousers
- A cap that shows your rank in Cub Scouting—orange for Tiger Cub, yellow for Wolf Cub Scout, blue for Bear Cub Scout, and plaid for Webelos Scout
- A neckerchief that matches the color of your cap
- A blue belt with a brass buckle
- Official blue socks with orange or gold tops (orange tops for Tiger Cubs; gold or yellow tops for all other ranks)
You can get your Cub Scout uniform at the Great Trail Council Scout Shop on 1601 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44301
If you’re new to Scouting or just aren’t sure where some of those patches you’ve earned go on your uniform, here’s a quick guide to help you out.
BADGES OF RANK
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, gold and black embroidered on light blue background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 12 o’clock position.
TIGER CUB BADGE
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, orange and black embroidered on orange background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 6 o’clock position.
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, black and gray embroidered on red background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 9 o’clock position.
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, brown and black on green background with gold trim.Worn on the left pocket, in the 3 o’clock position.
WEBELOS BADGE (diamond)
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, gold and light blue embroidered on dark blue background with gold trim. Worn centered on the left pocket. Webelos Scouts wear only the current badge of rank (Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge) .
WEBELOS BADGE (oval)
An oval-shaped cloth badge, gold and light blue embroidered on khaki background with khaki trim. Worn centered on the left pocket, with no other rank patches.
ARROW OF LIGHT AWARD
A gold design embroidered on a tan background with a blue border. Worn on the left pocket flap centered over the button. This is the highest award in Cub Scouting and the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
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BADGES OF IDENTIFICATION
A council shoulder patch (CSP) emblem is worn by all Cub Scouts directly below the shoulder seam on the left sleeve. This emblem is unique to the BSA council hosting your Cub Scout Pack.
U.S. FLAG EMBLEM
A red, white, and blue embroidered American Flag emblem for all members. Worn by all Cub Scouts on the right sleeve, entered directly below the shoulder seam. It is standard issue on all Scouting uniforms.
A white numeral embroidered on red background. Worn by all boys and pack leadersdirectly below council patch on the left sleeve.
A gold numeral embroidered on navy blue background. Worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered and touching the bottom of the U.S. flag on the on the right sleeve.
WEBELOS DEN (PATROL) EMBLEM
Webelos Dens may have a name and wear a Boy Scout patrol emblem instead of a den numeral, but they are still a Cub Scout Den. This emblem can be worn centered and touching the bottom of the U.S. flag on the on the right sleeve.
Gold metallic numbered star worn with colored background to indicate years of service in Scouting. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts wear star(s) with gold background, centered 3/8 inch above the on the left pocket. Boys who have been Tiger Cubs may wear the Tiger Cub service star with orange background on their Cub Scout uniform.
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SLEEVE & POCKET DIAGRAMS