The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.

Class A Uniform

The Class A uniform is used most often. Scouts should wear it to pack meetings and while traveling and visiting Scout events. It includes the following official Scout items:

  • Shirt
  • Neckerchief and slide (supplied by the pack)
  • Hat (rank specific: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos)
  • Standard patches (see below)
  • Blue Pants/Shorts
  • Belt (optional)

Either short- or long-sleeved shirts can be used. Webelos Scouts may wear either the blue or tan shirt. If the Webelos scout wears a tan shirt he should also wear olive green or brown colored pants.

The belt is optional, but is encouraged. Some Scout awards come in the form of metal belt loops which are custom-made to fit on the official scout belt.

Remember to buy things large especially for the younger scouts! The official cub scout shirt, pants and belt are very well made and will last your cub through his years as a cub scout. But it never ceases to surprise me how much they grow, it’s OK for the uniform to be oversized – they will grow into it.

Uniforms: Insignia (Patches & Awards)

Insignia are distinguishing symbols or marks of status, achievement, or honor. In Cub Scouting, insignia are presented to Scouts as patches, pins, belt loops, and other forms. They provide a visible progression of accomplishment throughout the Scout program.

All badges can be sewn onto the uniform, an alternative to sewing is Badge Magic adhesive. This can be purchased online of from your local Scout Shop.


Cub Scout insignia are attached to Class A uniforms according to rules established by the Boy Scouts of America.

Required Patches

Class A uniforms require a set of standard patches.

Right Sleeve

flag U.S. flag – Comes pre-attached to official Scout shirts
webelos Webelos Colors – Worn only be Webelos Scouts to hold activity badges (pins)

Left Sleeve

Greater Cleveland Council S12 Greater Cleveland Council
11-patch Pack 11 numerals

Left Pocket

world crest World Crest emblem – worn above left pocket
tiger-wolf-bear Advancement patches – worn below left pocket flap

Advancements Patches

As the scouts advance from Tiger to Wolf to Bear and Webelos, they will gain advancement patches to designate rank and accomplishments. They will also get a new neckerchief and slider (provided by the pack). Your den leader will be able to show you where the patches should be worn.

For more information see the Guide to Awards and Insignia: Cub Scouts