The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action
program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives
the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and
provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
"The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country." -- Sir Robert Baden-Powell
The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character
development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.
- Personal equality - The uniform represents a democratic idea of equality, bringing people of different backgrounds together in the Scouting
- Identification - The uniform identifies youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good in the community.
When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit.
- Achievement - The uniform shows the wearer's activity, responsibility, and achievement. The accomplishments of every youth and adult
member can be recognized by the insignia worn on the uniform.
- Personal commitment - The uniform is a constant reminder to all members of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of the Scouting
movement. It is a way of making visible members' commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at all times.
While Scouts in Troop 70 are always expected to wear the appropriate field and activity uniforms, we place greater emphasis on uniforms when we're
among other Scouts and Scouters. Leaders and parents are asked to assess and inspect their uniforms to make sure they're complete and that
insignia is correct and current. A good resource to review the uniform is the Uniform Inspection Sheet.
Field Uniform. This term refers to the official Boy Scout uniform. It's often referred to as "Class A". The field uniform is worn to all Scouting meetings
and activities unless otherwise instructed to worn the activity uniform. Scouts should fold neatly or on a hanger when not worn, and iron any wrinkles
Activity Uniform. This term refers to wearing a Scouting t-shirt in place of the uniform shirt. Troop 70's activity uniform includes wearing a Troop 70 t-
shirt (sold by the troop every spring) with Boy Scout pants/shorts, belt and socks. In settings such as summer camp and Jamborees, Scouts are
expected to wear activity uniform when not in field uniform. Therefore it's recommended that Scouts acquire multiple Scouting t-shirts and leave any
non-Scouting t-shirts at home. In the event that cost is an issue, plain t-shirts without logos are acceptable.
Headgear. While troop 70 does not have an official hat or cap, many of our members have worn the old garrison caps over the past few years. These
can frequently be found inexpensively on eBay. Otherwise, any BSA hat or cap may be worn while in uniform. However, Scouts may NOT wear non-
Scouting hats or caps while in uniform.
Shirt. Scouts may wear the short- or long-sleeve uniform shirt with forest green shoulder loops. The collar should remain unbuttoned.
Neckwear. Scouts may only wear the official troop neckerchief while at troop meetings. Other neckerchiefs (NESA, OA, Jamboree, etc.) may be worn
to other meetings/activities as appropriate. Troop 70 wears the neckerchief under the open collar. Scouts are free to wear the Boy Scout Neckerchief
Slide or any other slide that they choose, including those they might make themselves. Neckerchiefs must be worn with a slide; they are not to be tied.
Pants/Shorts. Scouts may wear either as appropriate for the season or weather. Pants must be hemmed; no cuffs. Several styles of each are
available. Scouts may NOT wear non-Scout pants/shorts as part of their uniform.
Belt. Scouts are to wear the Official Boy Scout web belt with BSA insignia on the buckle, or an official leather belt with a Scouting buckle of their choice.
Socks. Official socks are to be worn when in field or activity uniform. Non-Scout socks are not to be worn while in uniform. Scouts are encouraged to
own multiple pairs of socks, especially when attending long-term camp as they must wear official socks for part of every day. There are multiple
lengths and styles of the forest green socks available, including knee socks, hiking socks, crew socks and low-cut socks. Socks worn should be
appropriate for the activity.
Shoes. As long as the shoes are appropriate for the activity, Scouts may wear whatever shoes or boots they like, bringing two pairs on camping trips
Merit Badge Sash. Scouts should wear their merit badge sash over their right shoulder to formal Scouting events such as Courts of Honor. If the
merit badge sash is worn, merit badges are affixed to the front (and back, if needed). Temporary insignia may be worn on the back of the merit badge
Order of the Arrow Sash. Scouts may wear their OA sash over their right shoulder to OA activities or when representing their OA chapter or lodge.
The OA sash is never worn on a belt or with a merit badge sash.
Insignia. Patches and badges should be neatly sewn or affixed with badge magic in the appropriate position on the uniform. Insignia should reflect
current rank and position. Some insignia is not intended to not be worn on the uniform, such as the Mile Swim BSA Award, which should be worn on
a Scout's swim trunks, or the 50 Miler Award, which may be worn on a Scout's backpack.
- The US flag emblem should be centered directly below the shoulder seam.
- The patrol emblem is worn by Boy Scouts below the US flag, with the bottom of the patrol emblem resting 4" below the shoulder seam.
- Only the most recently earned Journey to Excellence quality unit award may be worn below the patrol emblem or below the National Honor
- The council shoulder patch (CSP), unit numerals, and veteran unit bar are worn snug up to each other directly below the shoulder seam.
- The veteran unit bar, if worn, is between the CSP and the unit numerals.
- The badge of office is centered on the pocket (or centered and touching the unit numeral if wearing a shirt with no pockets on sleeve).
- The Trained Leader emblem is centered at the top of the pocket flap (or below the badge of office if wearing a shirt with no pockets on sleeve).
- A Den Chief cord or the Den Chief Training Award (if earned) may be worn over the left shoulder, under the epaulet.
- Temporary insignia may be worn centered on the pocket of hung from the button.
- Order of the Arrow lodge insignia (lodge flap) may be worn on the pocket flap.
- An interpreter strip may be worn above the BSA strip.
- A nameplate, if worn, is centered above the BSA strip and any interpreter strip. If no OA lodge flap is worn, the name plate is centered on the
- One National Jamboree insignia may be worn above the BSA or interpreter strip and nameplate. A recruiter strip may be worn directly below
the right pocket.
- Badges of rank are worn centered on the pocket.
- The Arrow of Light Award may be worn directly below the left pocket.
- Embroidered square knots are worn centered above the pocket in rows of three (the lead color to the wearer's right) in whichever sequence
the wearer desires.
- Not more than five medals may be worn, pinned centered immediately above the pocket (extending over knots if both are worn).
- Service stars are centered above the pocket, 3/4 inch from top point to top point and 3/8 inch from either the pocket or embroidered knots.
- The World Crest emblem is worn centered horizontally over the left pocket and vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the
pocket. The World Crest emblem may be moved upward to accommodate the wearing of square knot insignia and service stars.
Boy Scout Handbook. Troop 70 considers the Handbook, and a notebook and pen or pencil, to be essential items that, like the uniform, a Scout
should always have with them at Scouting activities.
Bottom line, Scouts need to be in complete uniform at meetings and activities. It's understandable, if cost is an issue, that Scouts may take longer to
purchase certain items; that's acceptable. Scouts may also donate gently worn items to the troop's "closet" so that other Scouts may use them if
needed. But by summer camp every Scout is expected to have complete field and activity uniforms. As mentioned above, multiple pairs of socks are
recommended. Scouts should also keep their uniform presentable by making a habit of hanging or neatly folding them. And to avoid losing their
neckerchief and slide they should keep the two together in a shirt pocket when not being worn.
Lastly, it is unacceptable for Scouts to show up to troop meetings and activities not in what uniform they do have. Scouts, leaders and parents know
when meetings and activities are held so it is expected that they will Be Prepared. If a Scout will not be home before a troop meeting they should
bring their uniform with them to school or stow it in a parent's car so that they can change into it before arriving. And, as I've had to remind too many of
this recently, when the uniform is worn it's to be worn correctly: Keep those shirts tucked in.
For additional information please refer to the online Insignia Guide.