Webelos Scouts may choose to wear either the blue Webelos uniform
based on the Cub Scout uniform or the tan/olive uniform similar to the
one Boy Scouts wear.
For the tan/olive uniform, boys wear the official Boy Scout olive
trousers or shorts and official Boy Scout tan long- or short-sleeved
shirt with blue shoulder loops. Official blue socks (with gold tops) are
worn with the blue uniform, and official olive socks (with red tops)
are worn with the tan/olive uniform.
With either uniform, all Webelos Scouts wear the Webelos neckerchief
(plaid with the Webelos emblem), Webelos neckerchief slide (handmade
slides are also acceptable), Webelos cap, and Webelos belt buckle.
Note that the Webelos belt buckle will fit either the blue or the
olive belt, but the belt loop recognitions for the Cub Scout Academics
and Sports program fit only on the blue web belt.
Badges and Insignia
When a boy first joins Cub Scouting, his uniform will display only
those badges that identify his status: the World Crest, which shows him
to be a member of the worldwide Scouting movement; the national flag;
his council strip; his pack number; and his den number. As he
progresses, the Cub Scout will earn badges, pins, medals, and other
insignia that tell of his accomplishments in Scouting. These items
should be added to the uniform only after they have been earned.
For guidance on the proper placement of all badges and insignia, see the BSA's Uniform and Insignia Guide (No. 33066, available at your local council service center) or download the uniform inspection sheet from the forms page.
Wearing the Uniform
In general, every Cub Scout should wear his uniform to all Cub
Scouting activities, including den and pack meetings, unit outings, and
any activities done with members of the den or pack. When playing
sports, going to camp, or participating in other physical activities, a
pack may opt to have the Cub Scouts wear an alternate uniform, such as
an activity shirt. Pack leaders should provide advance notice of any
occasion when the boys should wear anything other than the complete
Here are some tips for wearing the uniform:
- DO keep the uniform clean and in good repair.
The official uniform is a sturdy, machine-washable garment that will
last for years with proper care.
- DO be sure to wear the complete uniform. A Cub Scout wearing a uniform with parts missing is not in uniform.
- DO NOT wear non-BSA badges, awards, or insignia on the Cub Scout uniform or make any alterations to the uniform or insignia.
- DO NOT mix uniform parts with non-uniform
clothing, such as wearing a uniform cap with other clothing or wearing
the uniform shirt with blue jeans. The uniform should be treated as a
unit—worn in its entirety, or not at all.
Any time you are uncertain about uniform regulations, ask the den leader for guidance.
Obtaining a Uniform
The official Cub Scout uniform is available at hundreds of locations
across the nation - including your local council, nationally-operated
Scout Shops, and other licensed retailers - or can be ordered directly
from the national Supply Division. Visit www.scoutstuff.org for a list of distributors in your area.
Before buying a new uniform, be sure to check with the pack leaders
about other options. Some packs have money-earning projects to raise
funds to uniform their Cub Scouts, or to provide common emblems such as
pack and den numerals. Others may have uniform exchange programs for
boys to obtain "experienced" uniforms