National BSA Uniform Expectations
Uniforming is one of the eight Methods used to accomplish the Scouting Aims of Character, Citizenship, & Fitness.
The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Scouts BSA is an action program and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.
The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
The Scouts BSA Uniform has long served as an expression of a Scout’s friendliness to all other Scouts regardless of whom they are or where they’re from. The uniform represents Scouting’s spirit of Equality and democracy, and identifies a youth as a brother or sister to every other Scout. Wearing the uniform promotes comradeship, loyalty to one’s patrol and troop, and public recognition of membership in the BSA.
When to Wear the Uniform
Scouts and Scout leaders proudly wear the full uniform for all ceremonial and indoor activities including troop meetings, boards of review, and courts of honor. The uniform should also be worn during special outdoor occasions, such as flag ceremonies, Scout shows, and special times during summer camp.
When Not To Wear the Uniform
Do not wear the uniform while selling a commercial product or service, even for Scout fundraising purposes, such as popcorn.
Do not wear the uniform in situations that might mistakenly imply an endorsement by the BSA of a product, service, political candidate, or philosophy. Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to take part in political matters as private individuals but not while wearing the uniform.
Do not wear the uniform while engaged in any activity that could dishonor or discredit the BSA, the uniform, or the person wearing it.
Troop 39 Uniform Expectations
We are a Scouts BSA troop and we wear the Scout uniform with pride. All troop functions require wearing the Scout uniform unless specifically announced otherwise (e.g. mulch or yard work as work clothes are more appropriate).
Being “in uniform” means being in complete uniform. This includes wearing the official shirt, pants, socks, and belt. Any non-uniform items (including non-scouting hats or earrings) must not be worn with either Class A or B uniform. Parents can shop online for uniform parts and all BSA items online at http://www.scoutstuff.org/cgi/catalog.
The Occoneechee Council Scout Shop in Raleigh also allows parents to shop by phone with a credit card and will mail the item(s) to your home. The Occoneechee Council scout shop in Raleigh is located at 3231 Atlantic Avenue and their phone number is (919) 472-8442. Directions are listed on the next page.
A Scout attending a Scout function must be in uniform at all times. He may be sent home if he is not in FULL uniform. The Scout uniform may not be worn at times other than during official approved Scout functions. On camping trips we take clothes appropriate to the weather, but the uniform is always worn to and from the campsite. We also wear the uniform during church services.
The uniform to be worn will be announced by the Senior Patrol Leader.
Class A Uniform
- Official Scout shirt (either long or short sleeve) with olive epaulets
- Scout trousers (short or long), Skirt or Skort
- Scout belt
- Scout socks
- Appropriate shoes
- Neckerchief slide
- An official Troop 39 neckerchief and set of uniform patches are given to each
- Replacement neckerchiefs can be purchased for $25.
- Neckerchiefs are never sold or traded.
- If a Scout leaves the Troop before earning the rank of Eagle, they must return the troop neckerchief.
- Replacement patches for the Class A uniform can be purchased as follows: the community rocker – $3, the troop number – $1, and the year bar – $1.
- New members receive a complete set as part of their troop fees.
Class B Uniform
- Troop 39 approved T-shirt
- Scout trousers (short or long), shirt or skort
- Scout belt
- Scout socks
- Appropriate shoes
- Scouting T-shirts other than official Troop 39 (e.g. camp, high adventure etc.) are not acceptable.
- If a scout wears a hat, it must be a Scout hat approved by the PLC.
- Scouts new to Troop 39 will receive the following items as part of their troop fees: one neckerchief, and a set of uniform patches.
Parents are encouraged to use the BSA Insignia Guide for proper patch placement.
Troop 39 maintains a uniform exchange that allows new Scouts and Scouts who outgrow their current uniform to exchange it with uniform parts that have been turned in by other Scouts.
Directions to the Occoneechee Council Office & Scout Shop
Distance from Downtown Chapel Hill: 31.7 mi (about 42 mins)
- Turn right into the I-40 E entry ramp to Raleigh – go 16 mi
- Continue on Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expy toward Raleigh North/Raleigh East – go 3.3 mi
- Bear right into the I-440 N entry ramp to Wake Forest/Rocky Mount/Wilson – go 5.8 mi
- Take the Wake Forest Rd exit 10 – go 0.2 mi
- Turn right at Wake Forest Rd – go 0.4 mi
- Turn left at E Six Forks Rd – go 0.5 mi
- Turn left at Atlantic Ave – go 0.8 mi
Uniform Tailoring and Patch Attachment
Adult leaders (who were not taught to sew by their mothers) have relied on Oriental Tailors at 99 South Elliot Road in Chapel Hill to have uniforms altered and add patches.
Personal Camping Equipment
Each patrol is issued a set of camping equipment and is responsible for its upkeep and proper maintenance. Patrols are issued camp stoves, basic pots and pans, cookware, a patrol box, and a lantern. Troop 39 will provide tents for new Scouts to use, but as a general rule, the troop does not provide tents for camping. While each Scout does not need to have his own tent, Patrol Leaders are expected to make sure each Scout attending
a camping trip has a tent in which to sleep.
Scouts receive a 10% discount off camping equipment purchased at Townsend & Bertram camping store in Car Mill Mall in Carrboro if they have their BSA membership card.
Scouts are encouraged to have the following personal gear for camping trips:
- 4 changes of underwear
- at least 2 changes of socks
- extra clothing (appropriate to season)
- rain gear
- extra shoes
- deep bowl and/or plate
- cup, knife, fork, and spoon
- water bottle or canteen
- Warm sleeping bag, or lightweight bag with extra blankets
- sleeping pad, or extra blankets for underneath sleeping bag
- personal hygiene items
- small towel
- Bandaids / first aid kit
- notepad and pen or pencil
New Scouts and parents are encouraged to talk with experienced troop members and parents about specific types of personal gear, brands, preferences, and suggestions before purchasing equipment. Items such as tents and sleeping bags can last many years so it is wise to make the best initial purchase.
Patrol Food on Trips
Each trip, there will be a designated patrol member responsible for purchasing food based on the menu derived by the Patrol Leader. That patrol member should be reimbursed by patrol members no later than the Wednesday meeting following the trip. Scouts who make a commitment to a trip will be held accountable for reimbursing the patrol member who is responsible for the food regardless of whether they are able to attend the trip or not.