The Cub Scout uniform is an important part of Scouting. It helps develop unity because they are all wearing the same thing. It also identifies the boy as a Cub Scout. Finally, it lets each boy display his accomplishments and achievements. We encourage all boys to wear their uniform to all Cub Scout functions including Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, and other special activities.
As a parent, your main contribution to the uniform will be the shirt. Patches, awards, and other uniform component will be provided by the pack. There are other optional parts to the uniform, but do not feel obligated to purchase these items. Please help your Scout keep his uniform clean and in good repair, as well as keep track of the neckerchief, slide, and any other uniform components he may have.
We have started a Neckerchief exchange program as part of a Cub's movement into a new group to save the Pack money. When they join, they will receive the yellow Wolf neckerchief. During the Pack Meeting that falls closest to their 9th birthday, we will remove the yellow neckerchief and Wolf slide, and replace it with the blue Bear neckerchief, and the same for when he turns 10 and joins Webelos. We ask that you do your best to keep track of these items so that they can be exchanged when the time comes. If you would like to keep the neckerchiefs and/or slides, you may purchase a replacement one at the Scout Office Trading Post.
More About Uniforms
The fact that youth and adult members of Scouting wear a uniform doesn't mean that we're all alike. We come from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We have our own religious beliefs and political views. We are each individuals with our own family traditions and loyalties. So the uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. But it is a way we give each other strength and support. It is a bond that ties us together in spite of our differences. It is a way of making visible our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.
The Scouting movement is built on positive values. As we wear the uniform, we are openly identifying ourselves with those values where everyone can see us. We stand together, not alone, in encouraging others to live by those same principles. Boys and adults alike should take pride in belonging to such a movement and wear the uniform as it is intended.