Uniforms

From its earliest days, Scouting has been a uniformed youth movement. Broadly speaking, the uniform has served a specific purpose, which is to: 

  • emphasise a sense of pride, belonging and identity 
  • provide recognition for Scouts amongst the public (it constitutes part of our brand) 
  • provide a common uniform for young people of all backgrounds, promoting equality and inclusivity 
  • provide a place for young people to display badges, awards and youth leadership roles 
  • provide a practical, durable garment for weekly Scouting activities. 

Uniforms can be purchased from:

Below you’ll find the basic information on the uniform and where to put badges for each section.

Beavers

What do Beavers wear?

Beaver uniform consists of a blue sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, navy blue trousers or shorts, if you’d like to. 

Why is uniform important?

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means you can run around and get messy without ruining your other clothes. It makes you feel part of a team. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out. And it gives you a place to show off all the brilliant badges you earn.

Here’s where to sew on those badges…

        1. Wales Badge
        2. Group name tape
        3. Scotland/ Northern Ireland Badge
        4. District Badge
        5. County/ Area/ Region Badge
        6. Group badge (if not warn on scarf)
        7. Leadership stripe
        8. Union Flag
        9. Gallantry/ Meritorious Conduct awards
        10. Chief Scout’s Award
        11. Challenge Awards
        12. Wales Badge (not for us)
        13. Occasional Badge
        14. Joining in Awards
        15. Membership Awards
        16. Activity Badges and Staged Activity Badges
        17. Group Badge (if worn on scarf)
 

Award Badges.  Completing awards challenges you do more, learn more and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.

Activity Badges. Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. There’s a badge to suit each and every Beaver.

 

Cubs

What do Cubs wear?

Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, navy blue trousers or shorts.

Why is uniform important?

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone feel part of the Pack. It also gives you a place to show off all the badges you earn.

Here’s where to sew on those badges…

    1. Wales badge
    2. Group name tape
    3. District badge
    4. County/ Area/ Region badge
    5. Group badge (if not warn on scarf)
    6. Leadership stripe
    7. Union Flag
    8. Gallantry/ Meritorious Conduct Awards
    9. Chief Scout’s Award
    10. Challenge Awards
    11. Wales Badge (not for us)
    12. Occasional Badges
    13. Moving On Award
    14. Joining In Awards
    15. Membership Award
    16. Activity and Staged Activity Badges
    17. Group badge (if worn on scarf)
 

Award Badges. Completing awards challenges you do more, learn more and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.

Activity Badges. Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. There’s a badge to suit each and every Cub.

 

Scouts

What do Scouts wear?

Scouts wear a uniform during their weekly meetings and sometimes on trips away, depending on where they’re going and what they’re doing. Usually, this consists of a teal green shirt or blouse with their badges sewn on, which they pair with a scarf, known as a necker. Exact uniforms will vary slightly if your Troop is part of the Air Scouts or Sea Scouts. 

Alongside their shirts, Scouts might wear the accompanying blue uniform trousers or skirt, or they might save their uniform bottoms to wear for special occasions like awards ceremonies and public events – choosing to wear something more casual with their shirt during the week.   Optional accessories such as hats, hoodies, are also available.

Here’s where to sew on those badges…

  1. Wales badge (not for us)
  2. Group name tape
  3. Scotland/ Northern Ireland Badge (not for us)
  4. District Badge
  5. County/ Area/ Region Badge
  6. Group badge (if not warn on scarf)
  7. Patrol Badge
  8. Leadership stripe
  9. Union Flag
  10. Group Name tape
  11. Chief Scout’s Award
  12. Challenge Awards
  13. Wales Badge (not for us)
  14. Occasional Badges
  15. Moving On Award
  16. Joining In Awards
  17. Membership Award
  18. Activity and Staged Activity Badges
  19. Group badge (if worn on scarf)

Award Badges.  Completing awards challenges you do more, learn more and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.

Activity Badges. Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. There’s a badge to suit each and every Scout.

 

Explorers

What do Explorers wear?

Once they’ve had time to settle in to the group, Explorers get their own set of uniform to wear during meetings and on trips away. Usually, this consists of a beige shirt or blouse with their badges sewn on, which they pair with their Unit scarf – if they’re an independent Unit – or Group scarf, if their Unit is merged with a Scout Troop. This will vary slightly if your Explorer Unit is part of the Air Scouts or Sea Scouts. See below for uniform diagrams.

Alongside their shirts, Explorers might wear the accompanying blue uniform trousers or skirt, or they might save their uniform bottoms to wear for special occasions like awards ceremonies and public events – choosing to wear something more casual with their shirt during the week.   Optional accessories such as hats, hoodies, are also available.

Find out where to sew the badges on the Explorer Scout uniform badge diagram.

 

Network & Adult Leaders

Official and Optional Uniform is as follows:

  1. Items of official uniform:
    • stone long sleeve or short sleeve shirt or blouse;
    • Group / Explorer Scout Unit / Scout Network / universal / Gilwell / Scout Active Support scarf (as entitled) and woggle or, on formal occasions, a blue tie;
    • Scout belt/Explorer Belt and buckle;
  2. Items of official uniform for which there is a personal choice: 
    • navy blue activity trousers;
    • smart navy blue trousers;
    • smart navy blue skirt.
  3. Optional items a Group / Explorer Scout Unit / Scout Network / Scout Active Support Unit may decide to have as part of its official adult uniform:  
    • navy blue shorts;
    • grey fleece; 
    • navy blue outer jacket;
    • navy blue baseball cap.
  4. Optional items a Group / Explorer Scout Unit / Scout Network / Scout Active Support Unit may decide to have as part of its official adult uniform:
    • navy blue sweatshirt: (please note that this is no longer a current item of stock at Scout Shops)
    • stone polo shirt.

 

  1. Wales badge (not for us)
  2. Network name tape
  3. Scotland/ Northern Ireland Badge
  4. District Badge
  5. County/ Area/ Region Badge
  6. Local Network badge (if not warn on scarf)
  7. Union Flag
  8. Network Flag
  9. Young Leader Service Award
  10. Gallantry/ Meritorious Conduct Award 
  11. Chief Scout’s Award or Queen’s Scout Award (the highest gained should be worn)
  12. Wales Badge (not for us)
  13. Occasional Badges
  14. Moving on Award
  15. Membership Award
  16. Scouts of the World Award
  17. Explorer Belt Award
  18. First Aid and Saving of Life
  19. Local Network Badge (if worn on scarf)
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