Uniforming

Uniforming is one of the Methods of Cub Scouting. It demonstrates membership and shows achievement.

Pack 862 uses two uniforms: field uniform (“class A”) and activity uniform (“class B”).

We can assist those with financial need. Please discuss with your Scout’s den leader to start the process.

Field uniform

The field uniform is the classic Cub Scout uniform. It is generally worn at:

  • pack or den meetings
  • at any Scouting activity conducted in public
  • evening meal and evening ceremonies at family campouts
  • (optional) to school on the days of Cub Scout events (as of spring 2018, this is permitted at Hexter Elementary; check your own school to see if this is OK)

Cub Scouts has three field uniforms, depending on which grade your Scout is in. Kindergarten uses the Lion hat and t-shirt. Grades 1-3 use the traditional blue uniform. Grades 4-5 use the tan and olive uniform.

Lion (kindergarten)

For the Lion program, you only need three uniform items:

Tiger, Wolf, Bear (grades 1-3) field uniform parts

Example Cub Scout field uniform
Example Cub Scout field uniform (this boy is a Webelos Scout who carried over his blue uniform for a few months)

WOLF NECKERCHIEF AND HAT COLOR CHANGE: Starting in summer 2018, the Wolf neckerchief and hat change from yellow to red. This is to reduce confusion: the Wolf badge has always been red, but the neckerchief and hat are yellow for unknown reasons. The red neckerchief and hat should be available this summer.

Webelos & Arrow of Light (grades 4-5) field uniform parts

IMPORTANT: Scouts continuing from a prior grade may keep using the blue uniform. Asterisked items (*) not needed if retaining the blue uniform.

Patches

The patches in a starter uniform include:

Uniform inspection sheets show the parts of a full uniform and where to place patches.

All uniform parts can be purchased from a local Scout Shop, and their employees can help make sure you get all the right parts. Scout Shops occasionally sell uniform shirts with some patches already sewn on.

Lower-cost options

  • eBay, thrift shops, or other used uniform banks. Watch out for shirts with patch glue stains!
  • Pack 862’s uniform bank or scholarship if there’s a financial hardship. (Talk to your Scout’s den leader to start the process.)

Need help sewing on patches? Many local tailors can do it for a nominal charge. Many have good experiences with Hong Kong Tailor in Casa Linda Plaza. Regardless of who you use, bring a printed copy of a uniform inspection sheet for patch placement guidance.

Activity uniform

The activity uniform is a Scout-related t-shirt and street clothes. In Pack 862, this is generally the Pack 862 t-shirt or Webelos Camp t-shirt. If neither are available, any other t-shirt sold by Boy Scouts is OK. Pack 862 t-shirts are $15 and are often sold at major pack events.

The activity uniform is generally worn at events with more strenuous activity, greater mess, informal events, or during the day on Saturday at weekend campouts.