Scout uniforms and insignia can appear daunting at first glance, but they’re simpler than they look.
Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show uniforming to have many benefits, including these:
- Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Youth from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals
- Identification. The uniform identifies a youth as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that they belongs to their den, pack, and council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community
- Achievement. The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Cub Scout can be immediately recognized
- Commitment. Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Cub Scout of thier commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.
For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
Badges, Patches & Placement
Badges on The Uniform
Aside from the awards listed shown here, only a small number of patches can be placed on the uniform shirt itself. They are, as follows:
Council Shoulder Patch
The Greater Los Angeles Area Council patch on the left shoulder identifies the area of the country your Scout resides.
The “4” “9” and “0” patches on the left shoulder identify that your Scout is in Pack 490 of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
This round purple patch is worn above the left pocket and is the symbol of Scouting across the world.
Den Number/Patrol Medallion
Tigers, Wolves and Bears wear the den number patch on their right shoulder. Webelos wear their patrol medallion and color ribbons on the right shoulder instead.
The following are also worn on the uniform when earned by your Scout: badge of rank, arrow points, service star pin, religious emblem knot, recruiter strip, interpreter strip, outdoor activity award, and the summertime award pin.
Wolves, Tigers and Bears earn adventure loops for the achievements and electives they complete in their den or on their own. These are worn on the Scouts belt. Older loops can be removed in order to make room for newly-earned loops when necessary.
Webelos earn adventure pins for the achievements toward their Webelos and Arrow of Light badges. These are affixed to the Webelos color ribbons on their right shoulder.
There are dozens of other patches that can be earned or awarded for participation. These are not to be permanently sewn on the uniform. One temporary emblem can be hung from the right pocket button. Examples include event patches, CyberChip, the NOVA award, the fitness awards and many more.
At least once each year Pack 490 leadership will hold uniform inspections during our monthly Pack Meetings. Den Leaders may conduct sporadic uniform inspections as well. The goal of these inspections is not to enforce standards but rather to encourage pride, responsibility and self-confidence in our Cub Scouts. Being recognized for wearing a full uniform and wearing it properly is an easy way for a Cub Scout to build success. We encourage families to have their Scout be entirely responsible for the upkeep of his uniform at home.
We understand that, often, families new to Scouting may not yet have purchased a full uniform prior to the first inspection. In these cases we still encourage boys to participate in the inspection process — points for cleanliness and attitude can still be earned and it’s a great experience to build on.
Tips for Passing an Inspection:
- Review the inspection sheet prior to the Pack Meeting
- Ensure your uniform is clean and neat
- Ensure you are clean an neat
- Wear clean, appropriate pants
- Wear clean, appropriate shoes
- Be attentive to and respectful of your inspector(s)
- Have fun!