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Your uniform questions, all sewn up

White boxes show you where the patch belongs. Drag it there, and it gets magically “sewn” onto the uniform.

Finally, an easy way to answer the question, “What do I wear?”

A new, easy-to-use uniform Web site targeted at new Scout families just debuted, courtesy of the folks in Program Impact and the Supply Group.

Click on the appropriate Scouting program — Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Leaders, and Dress Uniforms (professionals). From there, you’re presented with a list of required and awarded patches that you can drag and drop to where they belong on the uniform. It’s simple and fun.

Give it a try, and be sure to bookmark to send to the new parents in your pack, troop, team, or crew. And to buy actual uniform components, they’ll want to visit or their local Scout Shop.

What you’re seeing now is Phase 1, which gives you an idea of what’s possible with this useful tool. The next step is to include everything found in the Guide to Awards and Insignia. It’s a working project that will get better over time.

Now if only they can find a way to sew the patches on for you, as well!

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37 Comments on Your uniform questions, all sewn up

  1. Pretty cool, but there are a couple of glitches with the boy scout uniform. First off, there’s no right sleeve. Showing the patrol and the JTE emblems on the right sleeve would be nice. Secondly, the current description of the pieces of the uniform are all mixed up. The neckerchief has a description of the belt; the shirt has the neckerchief description; the belt has the shirt; etc.

  2. All I see at that site is a spinning BSA logo?

    • me too

      • me 3!

  3. And Varsity Scouts are step children again!

    • As are Sea Scouts…

      • Todd;
        National is currently reviewing and updating the Sea Scout standard uniform. Your commissioner should be able to tell you more about this. 😉

    • And Venturing leaders.

  4. Another error. There is a photo of an adult leader wearing a patrol emblem on his right sleeve. I think of that as an indicator of confused adults: they don’t know that scouting is for boys.

    • Connie Welcher // November 2, 2012 at 11:24 am // Reply

      Some Webelos Leaders wear the Patrol emblems that their den identifies with much like Cub Leaders wearing den numerals. Also in many Boy Scout Troops the Adults have their own Patrol that functions separatly from the boys especially on campouts to kind of ‘lead by example’ in camping, cooking and so forth. That would be another reason why they would wear Patrol emblems.

    • Wood Badge candidates wear their patrol patch too.

    • I wear the emblem of the patrol to which I’m the Patrol Advisor. I am happy to report that I have not as yet experienced any confusion over who Scouting “is for.”

  5. Great Tool. Very excited to see it completed. (Note: the description of the World Crest is actually the description of the Council Shoulder Patch. They have the World Crest “dropping” in the right place but the description is incorrect.

  6. It is nicely done, but needs some proofreading. On the Venturing section: 1) There is no such thing as a “Venture Rank” in the Venturing program. 2) The World Crest description is for the council shoulder patch. 3) Should Loops “Venturers wear teal”, Teal? No one wears teal should loops. 4) No belts?

  7. Webelos – Does not tell you where to put a webelos badge on the blue uniform if you earned the tiger rank badge…

  8. Can you please add a correct color description of the unit numerals for all leaders and all levels of scouts? Both Webelos numeral descriptions are good as are Tiger & Wolf. Bear needs the numeral placement picture and description–yes some kids join for the first time in 3rd grade. The Boy Scout need descriptive words for his numerals (so he stops wearing his old red Cub Scout numerals) . Right now the description on the Boy Scout Leader numerals incorrectly describes white letters on red and the description on the Cub Scout Leader doesn’t comment on color at all. I love this new concept…it will help my new parents/leaders a lot. Thanks!!

  9. I’m impressed that it shows MY Council Shoulder Patch.

  10. Ursula Seefeld // November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    Drawback on the site is the leader’s have two kinds of shirts: Centurian (pocket on the sleeve) and the original (no pocket on the sleeve)The ‘trained’ patch is awarded and missing in the listing. It should be noted where it goes on the uniform as the handbook does not have the info on the Centurian shirt. The ‘trained’ patch goes on the pocket flap not under the position patch if there is a pocket on the sleeve. The pictures below the drag and drop should show both side views: with pocket and without pocket for clarity purposes.

    I really like this site!! Will include this link in our Scout notebook under the uniform tab. Any way to add the Uniform Inspection sheets links right to this page?? I realize the point of this site is basic patches but would be great if they added in advance patches placements too like OA, WB, knot awards, conservation and etc., that keeps the people coming back and thus constant usage pushes the share continuously with their units. It would also be great for scouts, parents and leader to see what other awards can be earned if it was in the ‘advanced’ section. It really would be one stop for anything uniform related. Yours in ScOUTING… Ursula (Hershey) SeefeldMerit Badge Academy 2012 Chair ‘The Adventure Begins With Troop 126’… *smiles

    Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:44:05 +0000 To:

  11. Now we need one that shows the more complicated stuff like where to put event patches, knots, year pins, etc.

  12. Very cool. Minor issue with website. Under the Boy Scout Section when you highlight the neckerchief it gives a description of a belt. FYI

  13. While this is a great idea, National Supply fails to get actual Scouter’s input on the correct information. The Arrow of Light patch is not a “Badge of Office” for a Boy Scout, Venturing does not have a rank patch, and so on…
    As others have said, it needs to be more complete (link it to the insignia guide) but most of all, IT NEEDS TO BE CORRECT!

    This reminds me of when they would send out an annual catalog and have a nice “photo” of Cubs and Boy Scouts on the cover.
    It was always a bit of a joke to see how many “goofs” on the kids uniforms you could find. There usually was quite a few!
    The sad thing was this was a National Supply publication.
    They should have known better!

    Just as this new resource should have been proofed BEFORE is was released.

    “B” for effort and idea

    “D” for accuracy

    “C” usefulness

  14. Not every leader wears unit numbers. If you’re affiliated with a Troop, yes. But if you’re on District Committee and not also a Troop leader, you don’t wear numbers.

  15. BSA shows once again that they are completely clueless when it comes to anything involving a computer.
    Next time you’re launching a website, proofread it. Then proofread it again.

  16. I think it will be great once things get corrected. We always have questions about ‘extra’ patches so I agree with previous posters that it would be nice to have additional information.

    Does anyone know if there’s some major change going on with the Venture uniform? The ScoutStuff site does not have any Venture uniforms available. We are just starting a Venture Crew and uniform is one of our topics for our next meeting.

  17. This is a great tool (at least when the kinks are worked out)! I would like to point out, as I keep pointing out across the BSA universe, cool use of online graphics does not replace the need for simple, black and white printable sheets that we unit leaders can afford to print out, copy and give to parents who are not internt-savvy. I have several families who do not even have email. Internet access is usually an issue of finances. I do think it is asking too much for scout families to go to a friend’s or the library so they can see how to sew patches on a uniform.

  18. Wow! A solution without a problem. How difficult is it to look in the handbook and see where the patches go? I figured it out when I was an eight year old Cub Scout and told my mother where to put the patches. I’m sure that she could have figured it out but it was my uniform and back then parents didn’t do EVERYTHING for their kids.

    Despite this wonderful new tool, we’ll still see Scouts and Scouters with creative patch placement. Why? Because too many just don’t care.

    Is this website easier to use than the handbook or a printed piece of paper? No.

  19. First rule of information dissemenation: If the info is not complete and accurate do not dissemenate. Please finish it, make it correct and complete, then post it.

  20. Rosemary Bauer // November 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm // Reply

    THis sounds like a great idea but somewhat flawed in it’s execution. As a Trading Post manager I would hold off sharing the site until the errors are corrected. Use the uniform inspection sheets or uniform essentials sheets available at or for your new parents.

  21. While it is great to be able to comment on this topic, is there anyone listening?
    Besides those in the field who have read this page and checked out this app?
    If “Bryan” is checking on this page, it would be nice to know that our comments are being noted, and even better if the suggestions being made are used.
    If not, then this page is just a tool used by National to give the masses a way to “feel listened to”. It would be nice to see a post, reply or comment from “Bryan” every so often, just to show that we are not “talking” to ourselves.

    • I’m certainly here, and BSA higher-ups do read my blog and its comments. I’ll make sure those in charge point their attention to these suggestions specifically.



      • Good show, sir!

  22. Bobby Sammons // December 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm // Reply

    Just one last comment…it is now the 31st of December and this flawed site is still up and running. My basic question is in two parts: how much money was spent on this well designed but poorly executed page, and second; if the Leadership reads this blog why is the thing still up. If this was done by and for a private company heads would have rolled for this mistake. With BSA National now being a “Billion” Dollar enterprise should we expect, and require, better?

  23. Two years later and nothing has changed, except that the Venturing uniform no longer has a hat…..

  24. For Cub Scouting, I am looking for specific information on where to place the Pinewood Derby pin / ribbon award.
    I have seen information online from other packs that places it [above / below] the pre-sewn on patch for “Boy Scouts of America”, but I cannot find a specific statement about wearing / not wearing this full time on the Class A uniform.
    Additionally, I am working with the idea that one wears a single in the dead center over the pocket in the location I noted above, 2 side by side in the center of this same location, etc. & you can continue to add & space around any future additions for Pinewood, Rocket Derby, Rainwatter Regatta, etc.
    Your assistance is appreciated.

    • (doing a ‘reply’ so I can track the new comments; did not select this for the original post above)

  25. The site has its flaws, and–let’s be fair–it’s difficult to install all the possible variables.
    What I really appreciate about it, is that it’s great for getting started. first time cub-parents will find this useful, and helpful in purchasing the correct uniform and patches for their little cub. Parents of first-time Boy Scouts, varsity scouts, and venturing scouts (as well as the scouts themselves) will find this helpful in the purchase and placement of basic patches.
    To be honest, most folks just need help getting started and the rest can be figured out as we go along.

  26. This is probably way too late to get a response, but are there any standards to where the patrol patch goes on the right sleeve? I know it goes under the flag, but how far under? Is it centered between the bottom of the flag and edge of the short sleeve shirt, a certain distance below the flag, or is there another standard for patrol patch placement?

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