Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniform to pack meetings and den meetings. They are also encouraged to wear their uniform on outings. Adult leaders should wear their uniforms, too.
The uniform is one set of clothing, in multiple parts. All the parts should be worn together, or not at all.
A full Cub Scout uniform consists of the following:
- Scout shirt (long- or short-sleeved)
- Hat (each rank has its own)
- Neckerchief & slide (varies by rank; Scouts can also make their own slides)
- Scout trousers or shorts (boys love the convertible pants)
- Scout belt with buckle
Lions (kindergartners) have a special uniform consisting of a hat & T-shirt; they may also wear official pants or shorts and the uniform belt. There is an optional neckerchief & slide for Lions, too.
Once a Cub Scout advances to Webelos, the uniform changes: instead of navy blue shirt and pants, Webelos wear a tan shirt & olive green pants. The Webelos uniform is explained in the the Webelos Handbook, and we have uniform inspection sheets on our shared drive.
In addition to the parts mentioned above are the official socks. Scouts may also wear a red vest to display additional patches. While the uniform is not required—no one will be prevented from participating in Cub Scouts because he does not have or wear a uniform—it is highly encouraged. (P.S.: Cub Scout socks are low-cost, high-quality hiking socks, and help keep wearers' feet comfortable when hiking, running, or just walking around. Since the larger sizes fit adults, you might even get a pair for yourself!)
Cub Scout uniform parts can be bought locally at Outdoor World in Seaside or the Hayward Scout Shop in Salinas (we recommend the Scout Shop—they can help you better, and are more likely to have everything you need). You may also purchase uniforms online at www.scoutshop.org. If you want a uniform but find the cost high, please talk to our Cubmaster. We will work with you, discreetly, to get your Scout in uniform. (Some people shop thrift stores or eBay for uniforms.)
More information on placement of insignia on the uniform can be found in each rank's Handbook, or online. There are separate inspection sheets for different levels. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears use the Cub Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet; Webelos Scouts use the Webelos Uniform Inspection Sheet; and leaders use the Adult Uniform Inspection Sheet as guides for wearing the uniform correctly. (There is no inspection sheet for Lions.) The authoritative source is the most recent version of the Guide to Awards and Insignia, which is always available online. We also have uniform inspection sheets from the BSA on the Pack 125 Google drive, which all members have access to; they are also linked here, at the bottom of this page.
Questions? Please ask!