Uniform Rules and Regulations

The official uniforms are intended primarily for use in connection with activities of the Scouting movement. They should be worn to all den and pack events. They may also be worn to school, church, or at any family function. The uniform may also be worn while participating in an approved unit money-earning project if approved by the local council. It may be worn when selling tickets to such events as Scouting shows which are approved by the council.
The uniform may not be worn by either Cub Scouts or adult leaders when:

  • Involved in any distinctly political endeavor.
  • Appearing on the stage professionally without special approval form the national Executive Board.
  • Taking part in parades, except when rendering service as a Cub Scout or leader or when officially representing the boy Scouts of America.
  • Participating in demonstrations not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America.
All uniforms, badges, and insignia of the Boy Scouts of America may be used only by members of the Boy Scouts of America, registered and in good standing. No alterations of, or additions to, the official uniform, badges or insignia, or the rules and regulations covering the wearing of the uniform may be authorized by anyone except the national Executive Board.
Badges awarded by organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America may not be worn on the official uniform, badges or insignia, or the rules and regulations covering the wearing of the uniform may be authorized by anyone except the national Executive Board.

Badges awarded by organizations other than the boy Scouts of America may not be worn on the official uniform. (Exceptions: Historic trails medals and religious emblems.) See Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America and the Insignia Guide for additional information on uniform rules and regulations.

NOTE: Bold type denotes BSA rules and policies.

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