Troop 10 Uniform Guide

About the Scout Uniform
Uniforming is one of the eight Methods used to accomplished the Scouting Aims of Character, Citizenship and Fitness.

The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.

The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities, and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

The Boy Scout Uniform has long served as an expression of a Scout’s friendliness to all other Scouts regardless of Who they are or where they’re from. The uniform represents Scouting’s spirit of Equality and democracy, and identifies a boy as a brother to every other Scout. Wearing the uniform promotes comradeship, loyalty to one’s patrol and troop, and public recognition of membership in the Boy Scouts of America.

When To Wear The Uniform
Boy Scouts and Scout leaders proudly wear the full uniform for all ceremonial and indoor activities including troop meetings, Scoutmaster’s Conferences, Boards of Review, and Courts of Honor. The uniform should also be worn during special outdoor occasions, such as flag ceremonies, Camporees, and special times during summer camp.

Troop 10 requires that Scouts wear the uniform shirt, neckerchief (or Eagle bolo), scout belt, scout pants and scout socks to be considered “in uniform”. The Order of the Arrow and Mic-O-Say coups (if earned) should be worn at ALL Scout functions even if the Scout uniform is not required. Merit badge sash and/or OA sash should be worn on more formal occasions such as Courts of Honor.

During physically active outdoor events and informal activities, Scouts may wear an activity uniform – Troop 10 or camp T-shirts with Scout pants or shorts.

Insignia Guide
This is an illustrated guide to the correct placement and usage of official insignia and other badges for all BSA programs. It includes the latest changes.

This guide is a tremendous help with insignia placement. It is also invaluable in giving you pictures and labels of all the Cub, Webelos, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturer awards. Many adult awards are included in this guide.

Merit Badge Sash
Merit badges are attached to front (and back, if needed) of sash.
Venture letter is attached at bottom front corner.
Temporary insignia may be worn on back.
It is worn over the right shoulder.
It should not be worn along with the Order of the Arrow sash.

Left Pocket
Service stars above the pocket.
Orange for Tiger Cubs
Yellow for Cub Scouts
Green for Youth Boy Scouts
Red for Venturing
Blue for Adult Scouters

If a medal or embroidered knot for youth members is worn, service stars are raised.
Embroidered square knots are worn centered above the pocket in rows of three.
Not more than five medals may be worn, pinned centered immediately above the pocket (extending over knots if both are worn).
The wearing sequence for knots or medals is at the wearer ’s discretion and lead color is to the wearer’s right.

Badges of rank are worn centered on the pocket above the Arrow of Light Award.

Flap buttoned
The World Crest is worn centered horizontally over the left pocket and vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket.

Right Pocket
Jamboree insignia (only one) worn above BSA or interpreter strip.
Order of the Arrow lodge insignia worn on pocket flap.
An OA pin or mini-sash may be worn on the pocket button.
Temporary insignia worn centered on the pocket. Flap buttoned.
This includes the World Conservation Patch
The Venture strip is worn above the BSA strip or above the interpreter strip.
Nameplate, if worn, is centered above the BSA strip, interpreter strip, and Venture strip.

Boy Scout Insignia Placement

Shoulder Epaulets
Forest Green shoulder loops identify Boy Scouting (all members of a troop).
Dark Green loops identify Venturers.
Silver loops identify District & Council Committee Members

Left Sleeve
HOAC Council Patch, unit numeral (Troop 10), and badge of office (leadership position) are worn as shown snug up, and touching each other. Badge of Office (leadership) is centered below and touches unit numeral.

The veteran unit bar (25 years) is positioned above and touching troop numeral and in turn touching HOAC Council Patch.
Den Chief cord is worn over the left shoulder and under epaulet.

Left Sleeve (with pocket)
HOAC Council Patch, unit numeral (Troop 10), and badge of office (leadership position) are worn as shown snug up, and touching each other.
The veteran unit bar (25 years) is positioned above and touching troop numeral and in turn touching HOAC Council Patch.
The Badge of Office (leadership) is centered on the pocket.
The Trained Leader emblem is centered on the top of the pocket flap.
Den Chief cord is worn over the left shoulder and under epaulet.

Right Sleeve
US Flag just below shoulder seam
Patrol emblem worn below US Flag
National Honor Patrol Award Star worn below Patrol emblem
Only the most recently earned Quality Unit Award may be worn below patrol emblem or below National Honor Patrol star.
(The “Musician” badge is worn only by members of a Troop’s band or drum corps)
Up to six merit badges may be worn on the long-sleeve shirt in two columns of three starting 3 inches above the bottom edge of the cuff.

Neckerchief and Slide
Troop 10 Patch at back should be right side up and centered.
Neckerchief should be cream-colored fabric, heamed on all 3 sides.
Fold long edge over several flat folds to about 6 inches from tip of neckerchief. A tight fold prevents geathering around the neck and is more efficient than rolling or twirling.
Draw neckerchief slide over ends and adjust to fit snugly.
The neckerchief should be worn under the collar.
Eagle Scouts should wear the Troop 10 Eagle Scout Neckerchief or Eagle Scout Bolo.
Neckerchief slide should be Scout appropriate of the Scout’s choice.

Official long or short-sleeve shirt with forest green shoulder loops on epaulets. The collar should be unbuttoned.

Pants are to be BSA issued forest green long-pants, switchback zip-off cargo pants or shorts.

Olive-green web with BSA insignia on brass buckle; or official leather with BSA buckle or other Scout related buckle of your choice.

Official olive-colored socks worn with official shorts or trousers. (Sock length is optional.)

Leather or canvas, neat and clean.

Order of the Arrow Sash
The Order of the Arrow Sash is worn with the arrow pointing up and over the right shoulder. It is worn under the right shoulder epaulet. It should not be worn along with the merit badge sash.

Mic-O-Say & OA Coups
These coups should be worn at ALL Scout functions even if not wearing the “Class A” or “Field Uniform”.
Click Here for Details on the OA Coup Thong
Click Here for Details on the Mic-O-Say Coup Thong

Troop 10 Uniform Exchange Program
The Uniform Exchange is an effort to recycle gently used Boy Scout uniforms. If your son has outgrown his uniform (pants, shorts, shirts, etc), please feel free to bring the items to The Troop Meetings designated as a “Uniform Exchange Night” on the Troop Calendar. You need to mark it with your Scouts Name and whether you plan to donate the article to the Troop or the price you want credited to your Troop account (once it is sold). Scouts looking for inexpensive gently used uniforms can purchase them the same nights. Items run around $5.00 unless it is in new condition. 

Here To Contact the Uniform Exchange Coordinator

Good Taste
While Scouters may wear the insignia to which they are entitled, a ‘total display’ may not be in the best taste if the uniform looks overdecorated. Unauthorized insignia or incorrect wearing of authorized insignia is always wrong. Scouters must set the example for Scouts in this matter.

Legal Protection of Uniforms
The official uniforms of the Boy Scouts of America are those authorized by the organization’s National Executive Board and are described in current handbooks, catalogues, and other official publications of the BSA.

No alterations of, or additions to, the official uniform may be made by any Scout, Leader, or Scouting official without permission from the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

In accordance with the provisions of the Boy Scouts of America congressional charter, any imitation of United States Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps uniforms is prohibited.