Your Cub Scout Uniform
Whenever you see a person in a uniform, you get a quick sense of who they
are and what they do. The members of a sports team wear their uniforms to say
"I belong to this group." Police officers and firefighters wear their uniforms
to say "I provide a service to my community." Even superheroes wear uniforms
to say "I'm one of the good guys, and I stand for what's right."
Just like all of these people, Scouts also wear a uniform, and for the very
same reasons. As a Cub Scout, you belong to a special group of people, you
give service to your community, and you have made a promise to do your best
to be one of the "good guys." Wearing your uniform is a way of saying these
things to everyone who sees you.
Parts of the Uniform
The parts that make up your Cub Scout uniform are these:
- The Cub Scout shirt, with long or short sleeves
- Cub Scout shorts or trousers
- A cap that shows your rank in Cub Scouting—orange for
Tiger Cub, yellow for Wolf Cub Scout, blue for Bear Cub
Scout, and plaid for Webelos Scout
- A neckerchief that matches the color of your cap
- A blue belt with a brass buckle
- Official blue socks with orange or gold tops (orange
tops for Tiger Cubs; gold or yellow tops for all other
Because Webelos Scouts are close to becoming Boy Scouts, some Webelos
dens choose to wear the tan and olive uniform similar to the one that
Boy Scouts wear (tan shirt, olive shorts/slacks, olive socks).
Badges, Patches, Pins, and Medals
Besides showing that you are a member of the Cub Scouts, your uniform gives
you a place to display your personal achievements and those of your den and
pack. Badges of rank, award emblems, special recognitions, and the medals you
win at Cub Scout activities are all sewn or pinned onto your uniform.
Wearing the Uniform
Unless your den leader says otherwise, you should wear your Cub Scout
uniform to all Scouting activities—not only den and pack meetings, but every
activity in which you take part with other Cub Scouts.