Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show that wearing a uniform can have many benefits, including these:
- Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Kids from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.
- Identification. The uniform identifies a child as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that they belong 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 their commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting.
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.
The Lion Cub uniform consists of the following items:
- T-Shirt—The official Lion Cub t-shirt is dark blue with a lion logo on the front.
- Trousers, shorts, or skirt—Blue or khaki
- Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Lion Cub emblem.
- Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee.
- Cap—Official navy-blue cap with yellow front panel and lion cub emblem.
- Neckerchief—Triangular neckerchief is yellow with navy-blue trim for Lion Cubs.
- Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with the Lion Cub logo. Kids may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scouts
The Cub Scout uniform consists of the following items:
- Shirt—The official uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
- Trousers, skirt, or shorts—Official blue.
- Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout emblem.
- Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger Cub socks are navy blue with orange tops; Cub Scout socks are navy blue with gold (yellow) tops.
- Cap—Official navy-blue cap with orange front panel and tiger cub emblem for Tiger Cubs, yellow panel and wolf emblem for Wolf Cub Scouts, blue panel and bear emblem for Bear Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts wear an olive cap with a plain panel bearing the Webelos logo.
- Neckerchief—Triangular neckerchief is orange with navy-blue trim for Tiger Cubs, gold with navy-blue trim for Wolf Cub Scouts, light blue with navy-blue trim for Bear Cub Scouts, and plaid for Webelos Scouts. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs kids should wear. Packs should not make their own pack neckerchiefs for kids.
- Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with the Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos logo. Kids may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Webelos Scouts may choose to wear either the blue Webelos uniform based on the Cub Scout uniform or the tan/olive uniform similar to the one the big Scouts wear.
For the tan/olive uniform, kids wear the official Scout olive trousers, skirt, or shorts and official Scout tan long- or short-sleeved shirt with blue shoulder loops. Official blue socks (with gold tops) are worn with the blue uniform, and official olive socks (with red tops) are worn with the tan/olive uniform.
With either uniform, all Webelos Scouts wear the Webelos neckerchief (plaid with the Webelos emblem), Webelos neckerchief slide (handmade slides are also acceptable), Webelos cap, and Webelos belt buckle.
Note that the Webelos belt buckle will fit either the blue or the olive belt, but the belt loop recognitions for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program fit only on the blue web belt.
Badges and Insignia
When a child first joins Cub Scouting, their uniform will display only those badges that identify their status: the World Crest, which shows them to be a member of the worldwide Scouting movement; the national flag; their council strip; their pack number; and their den number. As they progress, the Cub Scout will earn badges, pins, medals, and other insignia that tell of their accomplishments in Scouting. These items should be added to the uniform only after they have been earned.
For guidance on the proper placement of all badges and insignia, see the BSA's Uniform and Insignia Guide(No. 33066, available at your local council service center) or download the uniform inspection sheet from the forms page.
Wearing the Uniform
In general, every Cub Scout should wear their uniform to all Cub Scouting activities, including den and pack meetings, unit outings, and any activities done with members of the den or pack. When playing sports, going to camp, or participating in other physical activities, a pack may opt to have the Cub Scouts wear an alternate uniform, such as an activity shirt. Pack leaders should provide advance notice of any occasion when the kids should wear anything other than the complete uniform.
Here are some tips for wearing the uniform:
- DO keep the uniform clean and in good repair. The official uniform is a sturdy, machine-washable garment that will last for years with proper care.
- DO be sure to wear the complete uniform. A Cub Scout wearing a uniform with parts missing is not in uniform.
- DO NOT wear non-BSA badges, awards, or insignia on the Cub Scout uniform or make any alterations to the uniform or insignia.
- DO NOT mix uniform parts with non-uniform clothing, such as wearing a uniform cap with other clothing or wearing the uniform shirt with blue jeans. The uniform should be treated as a unit—worn in its entirety, or not at all.
Any time you are uncertain about uniform regulations, ask the den leader for guidance.