BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Official Policy on Uniforms
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.
Personal equality. The uniform represents a democratic idea of equality; bringing people of different racial, economic, religious, national, ethnic, political, and geographical backgrounds together in the Scouting tradition.
Identification. The uniform identifies youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good in the community. When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit. When worn on the correct occasions, it can attract new members.
Achievement. The uniform shows the wearer’s activity, responsibility, and achievement. What each youth or adult member has accomplished with program opportunities can be recognized by the insignia worn on the uniform.
Personal commitment. The uniform is a constant reminder to all Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adults of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of the Boy Scouts of America. The uniform encourages them to take Scouting seriously because of the investment in uniforms by parents of youths and by adults. The uniform is a way of making visible members’ commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at all times.
The leaders of Scouting—both volunteer and professional—promote the wearing of the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
If you would like to verify the correct use of a BSA uniform, please take a look at the BSA Uniform Inspection Sheet.
Troop 73 Uniform Policy
Just as a sports uniform identifies a boy with a team, the Scout uniform identifies a boy with the largest voluntary youth movement in the world. The Scout uniform tends to diminish the importance of a person’s financial, social, and ethnic background, while clearly showing each individual’s scouting accomplishments. By dressing alike, Scouts show they are equals. As quoted from the Handbook for Boys, 3rd Edition, 1927; “….putting on the uniform does not make a fellow a Scout, but putting on the uniform is a sign to the world that one has taken the Scout obligations and folks expect Scout-like acts from one wearing it”. There are MANY benefits to having our Scouts in complete BSA uniform. 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.Troop 73 requires members to wear a 100% complete and correct BSA uniform. Scouts and registered adult volunteers have 60 days to meet the uniforming requirement. At various activities, Scouts may be directed to wear the “Class B” activity shirt. This is a Scouting-related t-shirt (short or long sleeved). A customized Troop t-shirt will eventually be designated as the T-shirt for Class B requirements. When wearing the Class-B uniform, it also includes the Scout “Switchback” shorts or trousers w/ belt, and scout socks.
The troop has established a “uniform closet” for “experienced” uniforms. If you are in need of an experienced Scout uniform, please contact the Scoutmaster for assistance. Not all uniform sizes are available. Please help our future scouts by donating your son’s outgrown uniform parts to the Troop’s uniform closet. Thanks!
Scouts and Adult Leaders wear complete BSA uniform to all meetings, when traveling to and from campouts, to all “day outings”, community service projects, and any activities where we will be in the public eye. This is a standard uniform rule, unless notified otherwise to dress in Class B.
Sources for BSA Scout uniform and supplies are the Mid-Iowa Scout Shop, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, Iowa 50321. Phone (515) 265-5990 for hours and information. You can view items on the BSA Scouting web site at www.scoutstuff.org.