FOR NEW PARENTS
The Uniform: Simpler than You Think
Uniforms have been an important part of Scouting since its beginnings — for both Scouts and adult volunteers. While their design has evolved over the decades, their purpose has remained the same: to represent equality, to communicate individual accomplishments, and to remind the wearer and others of his or her commitment to the ideals of Scouting.
Scout uniforms and insignia can appear daunting at first glance, but they’re simpler than they look. The knowledgeable staff of the Knoxville Scout Shop is always happy to help you figure out exactly what you need, but here’s a quick overview.
The Cub Scout uniform consists of a blue uniform shirt — either short-sleeve or long-sleeve — and blue uniform bottoms. Bottoms may be either convertible pants or shorts. Cub Scouts also wear a cap and neckerchief in a color corresponding to their rank, a special belt, and several badges.
The Scout BSA uniform consist of a tan long-sleeve or short-sleeve shirt, olive convertible pants or shorts, neckerchief, web belt, and forest green cap. Several insignia are also required.
The Official Sea Scout Uniform is equivalent to the BSA field uniform and is designed for wear by youth and adults and serves as both dress and work uniform.
Webelos can choose either a blue uniform based on the Cub Scout uniform or a tan and olive uniform similar to the Scout BSA uniform. Shirts may be short-sleeve or long-sleeve; bottoms may be convertible pants or shorts. Webelos and Arrows of Light also wear special plaid neckerchiefs, web belts, several badges, and may wear a cap.
Venturer uniforms are similar to Scout BSA uniforms but differ in color.
The official uniform of STEM Scouts is a white lab coat with a STEM Scouts insignia embroidered on the chest pocket worn over a STEM Scouts T-shirt.
Sign Me Up!
Your child can join Scouting anytime, although units typically recruit new members near the beginning of the school year. If you’re not already aware of a unit serving your neighborhood,
visit exploring.org to
FIND A CLUB/POST >
visit stemscouts.org to
FIND A LAB >
or give us a call at the council service center and we’ll be happy to connect you.