Cub Scouts

The succes of the Scouting movement in England, America, and other countries created a need for a separate program for younger boys. Scoting involved a lot of activities not appropriate for little boys who needed a more-home centered program invoving parents as much as possible. The English Scouting movement created the Wolf Cubs and separate Cub programs soon appeared in Europe and America.

The English made Cub unifoms as simple as possible to make participation possible for virtually all boys. The uniform was a school-boy style cap in distivrive green and yellow worn with a green sweater (jumper

Figure 1.--British cub uniforms have changed little over the past 50 years, except for the length of the shorts. Many British cubs now wear long pants.
to our British friends). This was worn with grey shorts amf knee socks that virtually all boys at the time wore to school. Many European countries adopted a similar uniform. Amerivan cubs adopted a blue uniform with yellow trim. A shirt was included in the American uniform instead of a sweater and worn ' with knickers. Over the years many counties modified their uniforms, often adopting features of local dress styles. Green sweaters for examle were hardly practical on the former British colonies in the Caribbean.

Many youth organizations have adopted uniforms. These uniforms vary greatly from group to group and country to country. Space at the Historical Boys' Clothing site is not adequate to accomodate the wealth of information on this subject. We have constructed, however, a new site specifically on this subject. If you would like to have a look, please contact the Web Master for details.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: March 25, 1998
Last updated: September 5, 1999