Why Do We Wear Uniforms?
The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. There are many reasons for this. One reason stands out above all the rest. We wear the uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed-character development, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.
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.
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The official "Class-A" BSA uniform consists of the following:
- Uniform Shirt (red shoulder epaulets for Boy Scouts and Scouters)
- Uniform Pants/shorts
- Uniform Belt
- BSA Hat (optional)
- Uniform Socks
- Troop Neckerchief or BSA related Bolo
- BSA Handbook
At troop meetings, a uniform shirt is required for all scouts. The troop neckerchief (which is black with red insignia) or a bolo should be worn. Uniform pants are recommended and should be worn if you own a pair. Full uniforms are required unless otherwise noted. If a full uniform is required for any other event, you will be notified beforehand. Full uniform consists of all of the items listed above, as well as the following:
- Merit Badge Sash
- OA Sash (if applicable/OA events only)
Used uniforms are available through the troop. Please ask at a troop meeting if you are interested in a refurbished uniform.
Patches should be appropriately placed according to diagrams found on the inside covers (front and back) of the BSA handbook. For more information on the BSA uniform, see pg. 12 in your Scout Handbook.
The Class-B uniform is the blue T-shirt with the Boy Scout insignia and "Lake Dallas Troop 424" silk-screened on the front. It can be worn at campouts and non-formal troop events, and is recommended at Summer Camp. The shirts are used for quick identification of scouts as well as to show scouting spirit.
Class-B uniform shirts can be ordered through the troop. Please talk to one of the adults in charge at a troop meeting.