United States Boy Scout Uniform Policies

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American Scouters report all kinds of different policies and experiences concerning uniforms. There are great differences in the importance which American Scout troops attach to the uniform. Some troops consider the uniform to be a very important element in Scouting and havd have very strict uniform regulations. Otrher troops virtually ignore the uniform and boys wear what ever they want to. Most troops have policies somewhere between these two extreems. That said, American SDcouts generally tend to give more attention to the uniform than Scouts in many other countries. Scouts in some European countries, for example, have virtually abandoned uniforms.

Here are some of the policies toward the uniform adopted by various American Scout troops, bith the Cub and Scout sections.


Here are some of the uniform poicies pursued by Cub packs around America. Some Cub packs insist on full uniforms. Probably the most common policy id an abobe the belt rukle. Cubs have to wear the official shirt and kerchief, but can choose what kind of pants to wear. While this is the most common policy, pack policies are very diverse and cover a wide range of issues and concerns.


American Scouters have discussed their concerns over uniform standards, the varying uniform standards they impose, and how to deal with the question of wearing Scout uniform.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: November 15, 1998
Last updated: June 30, 2000