Uniform

The BSA is a uniformed organization. We encourage you to acquire a uniform for your Scout before the October Pack meeting so that they can proudly wear the Bobcat badge and other awards on it.

BSA has many reasons for requiring uniforms. Among them are quick identification of the group, providing a place to display emblems representing hard work by the Scouts, and to foster a sense of community and pride.

Pack 508’s uniform is the official uniform designated by the BSA. An official uniform (including the BSA shirt, hat (optional), neckerchief, emblems, and so on) is known as a “Class A” uniform (i.e., a field uniform). Lion Cubs wear a blue t-shirt with the Lion Cub logo on it.

The uniform may be purchased at one of the local Scout Shops. The most convenient for our area is in Mounds View.

Anticipate the future. Buy with plenty of extra size. Cub Scouts grow quickly and you don’t want to buy a new uniform each year. The blue Cub Scout shirt is worn in first grade through third grade. Webelos Scouts are in transition from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA. They may also be at an age where they are outgrowing their Cub Scout uniform and need to get a new one, even though they’ll bridge to Scouts BSA soon. For this reason, BSA provides the option that Webelos Scouts may wear the blue Cub Scout uniform until they outgrow it. Webelos Scouts purchasing a new uniform should buy the tan Scouts BSA uniform. All Webelos Scouts should be wearing the tan uniform by the time they earn the Arrow of Light and bridge into a Scouts BSA Troop.

Occasionally, it is appropriate that Scouts do not wear their “Class A” uniform), but still be quickly recognizable as Scouts. (For example, while playing outdoor games or while on a hike). Pack 508 provides t-shirts with the Pack logo on it. This shirt is referred to as a “Class B” uniform. Unless otherwise indicated scouts should wear their “Class A” uniform.

In addition to the Pack t-shirt, Pack 508 provides a handbook, neckerchief and slide of the appropriate rank when Scouts join and also when they advance to the new rank.

Kindergarten

Required:

    • Lion Cub T-shirt
    • Belt and Buckle (Used for adventure loops)

Optional:

    • Pants or shorts
    • Cub Scout Socks
    • Uniform Camp

Presented by Pack:

    • Neckerchief and Slide

First through Fifth Grade

Required:

    • Blue Scout Shirt (Long or short sleeve)
      • World Crest Patch
      • '5', '0', '8' Pack numerals
      • Den number patch (ask your Den Leader if you don't know)
      • Council Patch
      • Veteran Bar patch (the Pack is 50 years old)
    • Belt and Buckle (Used for adventure loops)

Optional:

    • Blue Pants or short
    • Cub Scout Socks
    • Uniform Cap

Presented by Pack

    • Neckerchief and Slide

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Required:

    • Tan Scout Shirt (Long or short sleeve)
      • World Crest Patch
      • '5', '0', '8' Pack numerals
      • Den number patch (ask your Den Leader if you don't know)
      • Council Patch
      • Veteran Bar patch (the Pack is 50 years old)
    • Webelos colors (used for adventure pins)

Optional:

    • Belt and Buckle
    • Green Pants or short
    • Scouts BSA Socks
    • Uniform Cap

Presented by Pack

    • Neckerchief and Slide

Wearing the Neckerchief

1. Fold the neckerchief 3 times (or more) so that the dark colors are on the outside

2. The neckerchief goes under the collar, like a shirt tie would.

3. Pull the slide up to the top of the collar. You may want to use a rubber band or hair binder to keep it in place.

Insignia and Patch Placement

One thing your scout is sure to get is a lot of is patches. There are so many to earn, and it can be confusing where they should go. Here are some basics for you about the uniform.

Sleeves

The right sleeve insignia includes the American flag, Den number, and unit award. The left sleeve includes a council patch, veteran bar, and Pack number.

Right Pocket

The right pocket insignia includes the Outdoor Activity Award and Summertime Pack Awards as earned. A temporary patch may be placed on the pocket. This is usually a camp patch. The Recruiter patch is earned by getting another Scout to sign up for Cub Scouts.

Left Pocket

Above the right pocket the World Crest (which is not earned), and the Messengers of Peace Award which is earned by completing a service project are displayed. The Religious Knot is earned by completing a religious award, and the Emergency Preparedness Award is earned by completing rank specific requirements. As your Cub Scout progresses through the ranks, each rank is attached as it is earned. The Lion Cub patch is worn under the other rank insignia (below the pocket). The Religious Awards, when earned, may be worn below the Religious Knot during formal occasions.