Girl Scouts from each grade level have one official uniform item (a sash, vest, or tunic) to display badges, pins, awards, and other insignia. This item is required when you participate in ceremonies or officially represent Girl Scouts. You can wear your sash, vest, or tunic over official Girl Scout gear or over a white shirt and khaki pants or skirt. Depending on grade level, official uniform items may be blue, brown, green, or khaki.
Also, cost is another factor in deciding whether or not you want to purchase anything official from the Girl Scout Shop. The items for adult leaders are quite expensive, at least from my vantage point. During most of my years as a leader, money was incredibly tight for my family. Spending fifty dollars on a navy cardigan was not happening, especially when I could purchase something similar for much less money.
*Please note that these shirts are all customizable! You can change the colors and the wording, as well as the fonts to suit your style. You can even change the style of the shirt and add your troop number.
Yes, buy a uniform and wear it proudly, but please look at the uniform inspection sheet and wear it properly. I am a trainer for our district as well as a den leader and committee chair. As such, I see a lot of leaders, especially females, who do not wear the uniform correctly. Shirts should be buttoned and tucked. Belts are not optional. Also, pay close attention to required patches and their placement. Keep in mind that many optional patches, such as recruiter patches are for youth only.
Please wear the uniform, definitely, but please wear a FULL uniform, not just a part of on jeans. A pet peeve of mine is Adult Leaders casually wearing just a Scout shirt, often with wrong patch placement or missing patches. It makes the uniform(part) look like an afterthought and in my opinion reflects back onto the pack or troop.Kids like to follow an example, so be the BEST example you can be for them.
Me and my family part of a pack and I have recently been told by our charter organization that only leaders are allowed to wear the uniform. And that I and my wife would need to stop wearing our uniforms, including to den and pack meetings. Our Council supported them in their decision. They said that it was their right as the charter to run the pack the way that they see fit. So I guess, if you are not sure, you will need to follow your charter organization.
The Scouting program in America has always included uniforms for its members and volunteers to identify members and show they are part of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts and leaders should wear their uniforms to all patrol meetings, troop meetings, and scout outings.
The tan and green Scouts BSA uniform is a well-known symbol of American scouting. All scouts in the program wear the same uniform with the major differences being the badges each scout has earned and the troop specific neckerchief.
Most scout troops also have an activity uniform which is often a t-shirt customized just for the troop. Activity uniforms are worn for work projects, sporting activities, and other events in which the dress uniform might get damaged. The official dress uniform is commonly referred to as the 'Class A' uniform and the activity uniform as 'Class B' even though these are not correct BSA terms.
Sashes and SuchThe BSA Insignia Guide discusses all the uniforming, patch placement, and other insignia use. Merit badge placement on the sash is up to the scout. The badges can be displayed in rows of two or three, starting three inches down from the top of the sash. There is no required ordering of badges. The scout can put all silver-bordered Eagle-required badges first, followed by green-bordered elective badges. Or, display them alphabetically, or by favorites, or by color, or in the order earned (which is most common). When the front of the sash is full, additional merit badges can be displayed on the back or on a second or third sash.
The merit badge sash is worn draped over the right shoulder and left hip. Only ONE sash is worn at a time.A second sash is NOT worn over the shoulder, nor tucked into the belt. The same is true for Order of the Arrow sashes. The scout wears either a merit badge sash OR OA sash, but not more than one sash at a time.
Scout Uniform SavingsThese uniforms are a significant cost for many scouting families. Some possible ways to reduce costs are: Have your scout earn the uniform or part of it. Purchase only minimum expected items in your troop. Check with your troop or district about a Uniform Exchange where you can pick up or drop off uniforms. Buy used Scout items at local clothes store.
Jan 26, 2017 - DCScoutMomQuestion: my son recently passed his Board of Review and will be receiving his Eagle Scout award this weekend. We discovered too late that his tan class A is way too small. But he has his Venture shirt from working at summer camp at Spanish Peaks. He is now over 18 and his COH was rushed and planned very quickly with no time to get a new tan class A. Is it appropriate for him to wear the green uniform shirt with his merit sash or OA sash for his Eagle ceremony
Mar 03, 2017 - Scouter Paul@Lynn - The merit badge sash can be worn whenever the uniform is worn, but it is not practical to wear it most of the time because it gets in the way. Courts of honor, boards of review, and other more formal events are when scouts usually wear a sash.If you follow the link to the BSA Insignia Guide in the page content above, you'll find the official BSA policy - which does not mention when to wear and when not to wear the sash.
Jun 20, 2017 - Scouted Paul@Fabel - best thing to do in your case is have your scout ask his scoutmaster where the patches go. There is probably a patch scheme document from the camp that explains where they go and you might even find that on the camps website, of they have one.
Apr 11, 2018 - Larry CoxHi! I'm 62, a Eagle, and returning to Scouting to assist my 2 older grandsons in their troop and 2 younger ones still in Cubs. Silly question, but I don't remember if we wore a colored tee under our uniform. I'm now nearly blind... scanning through all the posts on your site... lol, but please what's required, or what works best Is it any different for adults And as a foot note... we all wear cleanly pressed full uniforms to each troop and Pack function. And it's awesome!! I was taught to lead by example. and I had outstanding leaders. thank you
May 14, 2018 - Scouter Paul@Ed - You can see in the Uniform Inspection Sheet that BSA socks and brown leather or canvas shoes are expected. But, there is no requirement that scouts wear uniforms in order to be BSA members. When adult volunteers start making up rules for scouts, it tends to not work out well.If their lack of appropriate footwear causes their patrols to perform poorly in contests with other patrols, then maybe their patrolmates would encourage them to change. For example, some simple recognition for the patrol with the highest percentage of scouts climbing the tower or participating in the game - their patrol could never get it without them participating.Or, maybe there is some other reason besides laziness why they wear what they wear. A caring adult volunteer might try to find out the reason.
Mar 01, 2019 - XineMy daughter is a member of a new Scouts BSA troop. I'm getting ready to finish up her uniform and want to make sure I'm putting the items on the left sleeve correctly. I can't find anywhere that shows the red Founder bar. Is it supposed to be touching the troop numerals Also, her shirt is one of the microfiber ones with a \"cuff\" of sorts around the bottom of the sleeve. There doesn't really appear to be room for her council patch, the troop numbers, the Founder bar, her position patch, and her Trained patch. Can the Trained patch go on top of the \"cuff\" part
Apr 03, 2019 - Scouter Paul@DH - If you are asking about the Attendance Pin then it goes above the left pocket. There are no set requirements for earning it, so it is up to the scout's troop to decide how to earn it. And, anyone can purchase it from the Scout Shop.If your scout is interested in earning it, he should ask his Scoutmaster what requirements the troop has for earning it.Scout On!
Apr 24, 2019 - KenIs a Scouts BSA rank insignia centered vertically as well as horizontally as depicted on the Uniform Inspection Sheet (www.boyscouttrail.com/docs/uniform_boy.pdf), or is it positioned just beneath the pocket flap as depicted on page 32 of the Guide to Awards and Insignia (filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/ 33066/33066_Scouts_BSA_Insignia_WEB.pdf) These both appear to be official sources but they clearly contradict each other. Thanks!
Apr 24, 2019 - Scouter Paul@Ken - Both those docs, as well as any other I've seen, say \"centered\" on left pocket. I believe the placement in the images you referenced is only the artist's interpretation of 'centered'. Some shirt pockets are now flat, rather than pointed. Some are billowed, rather than sewn flat. So, the exact vertical center is different on different pocket types.Centering the patch in the available horizontal and vertical space is the goal.
Dec 06, 2019 - NavyboneThe BoR cannot fail a scout for an uniform item. It specifically states as such at section 220.127.116.11 on the BSA Scouts web site about BoR. See scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/boards-of-review/ I would recommend that your son talk to the scoutmaster.
Dec 27, 2019 - RuthIve just attended an Eagle CoH for 4 Eagle Scouts at a friend's troop. I was rather shocked by the uniform standard at such a prestigious event.... no neckerchiefs and scouts wearing jeans. As a former ASM to a troop of high standards and the wife and stepmother of Eagles scouts, I was disappointed to see such a drop in standards. Even the Scoutmaster was wearing jeans as she officiated the CoH (does that speak volumes). Her son was one to attain Eagle and at the end of the ceremony she an