The Scout uniform is worn by all members of Scouts BSA and helps to achieve the aims of Scouting. The uniform by itself cannot make a good Scout or a good troop, but its use has been proven to improve both the Scout and the troop because it is a visible symbol of Scouting and a reminder to all scouts of their commitment to the ideals of scouting.
In Sacramento, we have a scout shop that keeps uniform items in stock. At the store, they may have shirts with some of the patches sewn on and for a fee, you can also arrange to have the store sew them all on. You can also shop online. (See the quick links on the home page)
Each Scout is required to have and wear, within a reasonable amount of time after joining the troop, the following uniform items:
Field or “Class A” Uniform
Tan Scout shirt (with insignia, shoulder loops, etc.)
Troop 50 or other Troop 50-approved neckerchief
Troop-approved neckerchief slide
Olive Green Scout pants or shorts. This is a popular convertible pant.
Scout socks-These Crew or Low-cut socks can also be worn on hikes.
Athletic shoes or hiking boots
The merit badge sash is worn for formal occasions, such as courts of honor, boards of review, or meetings with district leaders. It comes in two lengths, 30 inches and 36 inches. Most buy the 36-inch version so merit badge patches don't have to be moved when the scout grows.
Being in Scouts BSA is something to be proud of so we wear our Class A uniforms to every troop meeting, when traveling to and from scouting events, when completing certain service projects, marching in parades, and while on tour. We wear our Class-B’s (see below) when doing projects or activities that will require us to get dirty such as summer camp and other times when the Senior Patrol Leader notifies us.
Uniforms and insignia are worn a certain way. The troop leaders and staff at the Scout shop will be able to answer any questions you might have on where to place badges and patches.