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Male Adult Leader Uniforms

All men who are Scouting leaders wear the same uniform with shoulder loops that indicate their program (blue shoulder loops indicate Cub Scouting). The official uniform consists of the following parts:

  • Trousers or shorts - Official olive trousers or shorts are available in cotton, polyester/cotton blend, and polyester/wool blend.

  • Shirt - Official tan shirt is available with long or short sleeves, button-down pockets, and epaulets

  • Socks - Olive socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee.

  • Belt - Leaders may opt to wear the olive web belt or an official leather belt.

  • Cap - Leaders who opt to wear a cap may wear the blue and gold leaders' cap or they wear the same cap as the youth they serve.

Neckwear is also optional for leaders, but there are a handful of options:

  • Necktie - An olive or tan dress tie may be worn.

  • Necktie - A Cub Scout leader bolo tie is also available.

  • Leader Neckerchiefs - A Cub Scout leader neckerchief with navy blue with gold edging and gold Cub Scout emblem may be worn by all Cub Scout leaders. Specialized neckerchiefs are also available for Tiger Cub den leaders and Webelos den leaders.

Female Adult Leader Uniforms

Women who serve as adult leaders in the Cub Scout program have two uniform options.

Tan/Olive Uniform - Female leaders may wear the tan and olive uniform, identical to the one worn by men. Uniform options for women also include culottes or a skirt, and a scarf is available as a neckwear option. Female leaders who wear culottes or a skirt may opt to wear hose instead of the uniform socks.

Blue/Gold Uniform - Female leaders in Cub Scouting also have the option of wearing a blue and gold uniform, consisting of

  • Trousers, shorts, skirt, or culottes—Official blue.

  • Blouse—Yellow shirt is available with long or short sleeves, button-down pockets, and epaulets.

  • Socks—Official blue socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Female leaders who wear culottes or skirt may opt to wear hose instead.

  • Belt—Official blue web belt with the Cub Scout logo.

  • Cap—Leaders who opt to wear a cap may wear the blue and gold leaders' cap or they wear the same cap as the youth they serve.

Neckwear is also optional for leaders, but there are a handful of options:

  • Leader Neckerchiefs - A Cub Scout leader neckerchief with navy blue with gold edging and gold Cub Scout emblem may be worn by all Cub Scout leaders. Specialized neckerchiefs are also available for Tiger Cub den leaders and Webelos den leaders.

Scarf - An official scarf.

Official Placement of Insignia
Leaders Uniform Sleeve - Uniform Inspection Sheet
Shoulder Epaulets
  • Scouters wear the color shoulder loop of the program in which they are serving: blue, Cub Scouting; green, Boy Scouting; blaze (orange), Varsity Scouting; green, Venturing; silver, council and district; gold, regional and national.
Right Sleeve
  • U.S. flag emblem centered directly below shoulder seam Den or emblem numeral, if applicable, below and touching the flag Centennial Quality Unit Award (most recent only), if applicable, 4 inches below the  shoulder seam
Left Sleeve
  • Council shoulder patch is directly below the shoulder seam.
  • Veteran unit bar, if worn, is centered and touching the council shoulder patch (above) and unit numeral (below).
  • Unit numeral, if worn, is centered directly underneath and touching the council patch or veteran unit bar.
  • On the official shirt, the badge of office is centered on the pocket, as shown. On the official uniform shirt, the badge of office is centered and touching the unit numeral, or centered 4 inches below the shoulder seam.
  • When earned, the Trained leader strip is centered at the top of the pocket flap on the official shirt. On the official uniform shirt, it is centered as shown, touching the badge of office.
Leaders Uniform Pocket
Right Pocket
  • Boy Scouts of America strip is centered above the pocket.
  • Order of the Arrow lodge insignia is worn on the pocket flap.
  • Current national Scout jamboree insignia is centered above the BSA strip and any other items above the pocket.
  • Optional insignia, if worn, is placed in the following order, from the BSA strip upward: interpreter strip, Venture or Varsity strip, name plate. The name plate may be worn on the pocket flap if no lodge insignia is worn.
  • Temporary insignia, including one current world Scout jamboree patch, centered on pocket. Only one temporary insignia may be worn at a time, and they are not required for correct uniforming. Cub Scout leaders and female leaders wearing the official uniform shirt or blouse may wear one temporary insignia centered above the Boy Scouts of America strip.
Left Pocket
  • World Crest emblem is centered between the left shoulder seam and the top of the left pocket.
  • Embroidered square knots are centered above the pocket in rows of three.
  • Service stars are centered above the pocket, 3⁄4 inch from top point to top point and 3⁄8 inch from either the pocket or embroidered knots.
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