Scout Uniform

One of the most recognizable symbols of Scouting is the Scout uniform. This uniform makes the Scout Troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. 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.

Scouts, Scoutmaster, and Assistant Scoutmasters are required to have a full Scout uniform. Uniforms are suggested but not required for Committee members. In addition, Scouts and adults are required to have a minimum of one Troop 110 T- shirt. (Two cotton T-shirts are provided at joining.)

The uniform that a Scout wears should be a source of pride for the Scout. Wearing of the Scout uniform is a tangible demonstration of Scout Spirit.

Troop Uniform Levels

For Scouting activities, we have two uniform levels.

Field Uniform (Class A)

  • BSA Uniform Shirt with patches sewn on correctly

  • Troop 110 T-shirt (under Class A)

  • Troop 110 neckerchief and slide

  • BSA (or olive green) pants or shorts

  • Scout belt and buckle

  • Scout socks or knee socks

  • Event Appropriate Footwear

  • Merit Badge Sash (worn for Boards of Review, Scoutmaster Conferences, Courts of Honor, and special events only)

Activity Uniform (Class B)

  • Troop 110 Activity T-shirt

  • Scout pants or shorts

  • Event Appropriate Footwear

National Official BSA Uniform

If you attend a National Jamboree, National Leadership Training, or other National Scouting event, you will most likely be required to have a complete official BSA uniform. This usually includes:

  • BSA Uniform Shirt with patches sewn on correctly

  • Troop Activity T-shirt (under Field Uniform)

  • Troop (or BSA) neckerchief and slide

  • BSA (or olive green) shorts or long pants [Some require official BSA pants only]

  • BSA socks

  • BSA web or leather belt

  • Merit Badge Sash

Check the uniform requirements for the National Scouting event you will be attending.

As a rule, the Field Uniform (Class A) is to be worn to Troop meetings, all Courts of Honor, ceremonies, and other special occasions. Summer Uniform Attire: Only the Activity uniform (Class B) is to be worn at all Troop meetings between Memorial Day and Labor Day of each year.

The Scout’s name should be placed on all parts of the uniform with an indelible marker. Rub-A-Dub laundry markers or Sharpies work best.


In all cases, the Scouts must be neat in appearance. Shirttails must be tucked in. Footwear should consist of tennis shoes, dress shoes, or hiking boots. For safety reasons, open-toed shoes are not allowed in any case. Non-Scout hats should not be worn with the uniform.

A Scout who is not properly dressed in uniform may be excluded from a Troop activity (outing, meeting, Scoutmaster Conference, Board of Review) by any of the Troop’s leaders.

Uniform Etiquette

  • Scout and Leader uniforms MUST be clean: no stains, significant tears, or shredding.

  • Uniform patch placement should be accurate and ALL current patches should be on the uniform. Field Uniform must have the following patches sewn on to the shirt: Pikes Peak Council Patch, Purple World Crest Patch, American Flag, Patrol Patch, Journey to Excellence Patch, and the 110 Troop numbers. Patch placement is found on the inside cover front and back of The Boy Scout Handbook and here. Temporary patches can only be worn on the uniform for six months, please remove non-uniform patches that are greater than six months old.

  • Uniforms should be free from major wrinkles. A pressed uniform is preferred, but not required, for Court of Honor or any formal gathering.

  • All parts of the uniform should be in place including: neckerchief, slide, epaulettes (shoulder loops).

  • The Boy Scout Uniform represents the Boy Scouts of America and the ideals it upholds. Uniforms should be worn properly and with pride.

What to Sew Where...

Your Boy Scout Handbook contains information on the placement of BSA insignia. You may also use this BSA Uniform Inspection Sheet as a guide.

“Dress like a Scout…Act like a Scout…” BSA Handbook