Troop Uniform Policy
Whenever a Scout sees another person in a Scout uniform he knows he is like that person because both have committed themselves principles of the Scout Oath and Law. The Scout Oath and Law bind all Scouts of the world together in a common purpose.
By wearing the uniform, Scouts give each other strength and support. It helps them to feel like part of the team.
Beyond accenting the common bond between Scouts, by wearing the uniform Scouts are declaring their faith and commitment to some important beliefs that bind them to all people. It is a way of making visible their belief in God, their loyalty to our country and their commitment to helping other people who need them.
All Troop members, youth and adult, are required to attend Scout functions in full uniform. The Scoutmaster may, at his discretion, modify or suspend this rule on a temporary basis.
How the uniform can help the troop:
When smartly worn, the uniform can help build good troop spirit.
By investing in a uniform, a Scout and his parents are really making a kind of a commitment to take Scouting seriously.
The uniform makes the troop visible as a force for good in the community.
Scouts in uniform create a strong, positive, youth image in the neighborhood, thus helping to counteract the negative feeling some adults have about youth.
The aims and methods of the Boy Scouts of America have not changed since 1910. The aims are character development, citizenship training, mental and physical fitness. The Boy Scouts use several methods to achieve these aims. These are patrol advancement, adult association, the outdoor program, personal growth, uniform and leadership. These have driven the program since its inception.
Uniform Policy – Boys
The Troop Uniform Policy is that all members of the Troop will attend all Courts of Honor, and other official functions in full "Class A" uniform. The "Class A" uniform consists of the official Boy Scout uniform shirt and olive drab pants or shorts, neckerchief, troop name-tag, and merit badge sash unless directed otherwise by the Scoutmaster or his designee. The merit badge sash is worn over the right shoulder.
Note: Order of the Arrow (OA) sashes are only worn at OA functions, not at regular troop meetings except OA election night.
The “Modified Class A” uniform is the “Class A” uniform minus the Merit Badge Sash and Neckerchief. It is normally worn during Troop Meetings and while traveling from the Scout Hut to/from campouts and other activities, unless directed otherwise by the Scoutmaster or his designee.
The Troop will make available, for those in need, a uniform cupboard from which uniform parts may be provided. The Troop will also make available, for those scouts in need, methods by which the uniform may be earned.
Those Scouts that do not attend a meeting in "Class A" uniform may not attend merit badge classes, Scoutmaster Conferences or Boards of Review. If a scout continually attends meetings without his "Class A" uniform, it will enter into consideration under "Scout Spirit" at the time of his next Board of Review. Certain merit badges involve activities where the “Class A” uniform may become soiled. The merit badge Counselor has the option to require “class B” uniforms for these activities.
A Troop Name-tag is provided to all scouts and uniformed adult leaders. It is the responsibility of the scout to maintain the name-tag in good condition. The fee for lost or broken name-tags is $8.00. Due to the cost of shipping, name-tags will only be ordered when there is a need to order a quantity of six. Upon achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, a special name-tag will be issued.
Official placement of insignia may be found on the inside front and back cover of the Boy Scout Handbook. Merit badges may be worn in any order that the Scout chooses, and not necessarily in alphabetical nor "required-non required" order. Begin the first row of three merit badges 4" from the top of the sash. Most Scouts choose to wear merit badges in the order in which they have earned them.
“Class A” Uniforms are required at all meetings and trips except meetings immediately following a campout that ends on a Sunday. Neckerchiefs and merit badge sashes are required at formal occasions such as a Court of Honor or Scout Sunday (second Sunday in February). Scouts are required to bring their Scout handbook to all meetings.
Uniform Policy – Adults
All adult leaders are encouraged to wear the complete "Class A" uniform when attending Troop meetings, Courts of Honor, council activities and other functions where the uniform is appropriate. The “Class A” uniform is required for the Scoutmaster and his assistants.