Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cub Scout Uniform Guide & Patch Placement Tips

I am getting hits on my blog from Internet search engines asking for information about how to sew patches onto Cub Scout uniforms.

Putting Patches On New Uniforms

Here is a link to the BSA official information with illustrations, online. I feel this is overwhelming. It also does not cover "brag patches" aka "temporary patches" such as those issued for attending summer camp or day camp or some other Council event for which a patch is issued.

However, the updated Cub Scout handbook has the illustrations inside the covers. Also, now the hang tag on the uniform shirt shows where to put the patches.

That is the information you need to know if your son is just beginning Cub Scouting and is getting his first Cub Scout uniform ready (before any awards have been earned).

Here is a link to view the official Cub Scout uniform inspection sheet which is free. This is a nice link to email to your Pack and Den members if you are asked about the patch placement. This can also be printed out and handed out to parents if you or they prefer hard copy information. Also, Scout shops may have this Cub Scout uniform inspection sheet (hard copy) available to give you at the time you purchase your uniform and/or badges.

Later, you will need to know where to pub the badges of Cub Scout rank. Badges of rank information is here.

Other award placement information for "badges of participation" can be found here. You may have to scroll down.

Information about the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program (belt loops and pins) can be found here. You may have to scroll down.

Information about the 'Cub Scout badges of recognition' can be found here.

Your Cub Scout Handbook (the Scout's handbook) might also tell this information. Some of the handbooks have the information in the front section of the book while others have it on the back inside cover.

If you purchase a new Cub Scout uniform shirt there is also a Cub Scout patch placement guide on a hang tag attached to the shirt.

Information about why Cub Scouts wear uniforms can be found here, along with some other general information.

Other general rules for the Cub Scout uniform can be found here, such as how to wear the neckerchief, etc.

Do not hesitate to contact your Cub Scout Den Leader with any questions you may have, they will be happy to help you.

Cub Scout Leader Uniform Directions

If you need information on where to place the patches on Cub Scout Leader uniforms, here is a link to that information.

That information is also on the hang tag on new Cub Scout uniforms.

The information is also contained inside of the Cub Scout Leader Handbook.

Pocket Flap Shaped Patches

The Cub Scout “Outdoor Activity Award” patch is a pocket flap shaped patch which goes on the RIGHT pocket’s flap if you want to put it there. Wearing it is optional.

Any patch which is the shape of a pocket flap would be one that can be worn on the RIGHT pocket flap.

You can wear the flap shaped patch on the right pocket flap and have a different patch on the right pocket itself which is called a temporary patch (more information follows on that).

Last weekend I saw a huge patch that is the size of the entire front right pocket itself (the bottom part) which actually had a connecting/coordinating design to the patch on the right flap (imagine a jigsaw puzzle but shaped like the pocket flap and the pocket). These seem to be more common with Boy Scouts than with Cub Scouts.

Temporary Patches 

Temporary patches are patches earned for attending events and participating in special events. Examples are a patch for doing an Earth Day activity, attending a sports game with the Scouts, participating in a food drive, attending the Blue and Gold Dinner, etc. Temporary patches usually represent participation in a one-time event such as a Council organized hike, attendance at Cub Scout Day Camp, attendance at Cub Scout Resident Camp, participation in a Pinewood Derby race or any number of other 'one time' events. (How many patches are issued by Councils and Packs varies, some give out a lot!) Those temporary patches can be kept just as a souvenir, a momento of the occasion, they do not need to be sewn onto the uniform.

If you want your son to wear it, ONLY the most recent one may be placed on the right pocket, the front of the right pocket—not on the flap.

Temporary patches are not to be put anywhere else on the uniform--one would go on that right pocket, that is all. (I have seen them everywhere, on hats, up the back, on sleeves! That is not allowed. It looks ridiculous!)

Some temporary patches come with loops attached. You open the pocket flap, put the loop over the button and put the flap back on, thereby attaching it to the pocket, and it hangs down over the right front pocket. That is an easy option, especially since perhaps next month a new temporary patch will be earned and should be swapped out.

You may also sew this patch onto the uniform if you don’t mind the sewing work and if you don’t mind taking it off soon thereafter when the next patch is received. The idea is that the most recent one earned would go in that spot.

My sons like wearing the temporary patches, especially the ones with what they consider to be ‘cool’ designs or ones for events that they really had a great time participating in. Although technically the Scouts are supposed to wear only the most recent some stretched this to keep wearing their favorite. Packs and Dens do not usually police this like fanatics!

I also find that temporary patches are conversation starters when other Scouts and even adults will ask my children what that patch is for and what was the event like? It serves as well, as a promotion for some of the good community service projects and some of the fun extra things (like summer camp) that a Scout can do.

The Red Vest

The extra temporary patches can be saved in a collection and stored in any way that the Scout desires. One thing that some people do with them is place them on a red felt vest that some call a “bragging vest” or a "brag vest". These are sold by the Scout shops such as and they cost about $12. The patches are sewed on in any way that you want, in any order or placement that the Scout desires. The red vest may be worn at any time on top of the regular uniform. I have not seen many Scouts wearing these vests but I did buy them for my sons but so far the patches are not sewn on. My boys have expressed that they don’t want to be the only ones wearing the red vest and that is why so far they are not wearing them. The boys whom I have seen wearing them were at Council sponsored camping events, they are not people in our own Pack.

Patch Blanket Idea

Someone told me that some Boy Scouts sew those patches onto a red blanket which they use at camp outs while sitting around the fire.

Red Jackets For Adults

Some adult leaders and volunteers put the patches on a red wool shirt sold at Scout shops and they wear it like a coat, to Scout events in cold weather (such as on camping trips).

Collecting Temporary Patches

Lastly, those temporary patches are often collected by other people and some are sold on eBay or traded with other Scouts such as at large gatherings like the Jamboree.

Sometimes Councils will sell extra patches for nominal amounts for trading and collecting. My Council has been selling a bag of about ten for $2.


I am getting hits on my blog about bragging patches. In some regions these temporary event patches are referred to as bragging patches. Perhaps the person inquiring about it thinks that these temporary patches are a form of bragging, if so, I disagree. The temporary patches are just a way of remembering the fun time that was had at a fun event. The patches earned as part of a community service event is a little more like a reward and recognition for the Scout's participation in a commendable act.

I think it is nice that the Scouts not only have memories of things like attending an ice hockey game with the Pack or Council but that they also remember the volunteer work that they did and that they are rewarded for doing it in a small way by the organization by being given a patch.

I have never seen a Cub Scout actually bragging or being rude in any way about the patches they wear. In my experience, most Scouts actually own a lot of badges that they don't display, either because their parents just haven't gotten around to sewing on the patches or because they choose not to wear them.

post updated 3/20/14 to add more detail

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Den Leader said...

Thank you for this very detailed and useful blog. So many parents (Akelas), myself included, get lost when it comes to figuring out what goes where on the uniforms. I will be sure to include a link for our Den. Thanks.

Ginib said...

What a WONDERFUL site. i am the mom of a Wolf and a 1st year Boy Scout. Every year when they earn a new patch, I am looking everywhere for placement, thanks for this blog. i saw the info you gave for the Outdoor Activity Award, my question is...does the patch go on the pocket on my left, or my sons left. thanks for the help

christinemm said...

Hi Ginib,
Thanks for your compliment.

I found a mistake in my post which I think confused you. I just fixed it.

The answer to your question is the outdoor patch goes on the right side. The Scout's right side.

The left side of the uniform is for rank and very official rank badges and arrow points.

The right side of the uniform front is for the temporary badges, the activities they do.

That is an easy way to remember it.

You can display both the flap shaped outdoor activity award patch and another shaped one that goes on the pocket itself (or dangles down from the right pocket's button).

Hope that helps.

jgiraldo said...

I am a new mom to cub scouting and I am trying to get his patches attached for an up coming flag cermeony. He earned a patch for selling popcorn this year. Is this a patch that goes on the uniform or one he just keeps? Thanks for your help!

christinemm said...

Hello jgiraldo,
The popcorn patch is a temporary patch. You can sew it onto the right pocket front but it is temporary and should be removed the next time he earns some other temporary patch, for a hike, day camp, resident camp, blue & gold dinner, pinewood derby or whatever.

You could also just keep the patch at home for a souvenir.

If people do it in your Pack, and you want to, you could buy a red bragging vest and put it on there.

Hope this helps.

Momma2Three said...

My son just earned the Jr. USA shooting team patch. Is that temp. or is something that needs to be sewn on and where?

Shane said...

The link to the uniform inspection sheet has changed to:

christinemm said...

Thank you Shane. I just updated my blog entry with the new URL.

christinemm said...

Momma2Three that shooting patch is one of the temporary patches. It does not NEED to be sewn on. Your son can just keep it as a souvenir. It can go on a red brag vest. Or if he does want it on the uniform shirt temporarily it goes on the right pocket. The next time he earns another temporary patch that shooting temporary patch would be updated with the newer temporary patch. It is up to you and your son. Does he want it on the shirt? Do you have the time and energy to sew it on or use Badge Magic? It is up to you. :)

Have a nice day.

rosy said...

Thanks, that was very helpful
Boise, Idaho mother of cub scouts

hsjacobus said...

I'm looking for where to put segments. We don't do patches so much as segments. Thanks in advance for any help.

christinemm said...

Regarding segments--

For *CUB* Scouts my Council and Pack don't use segments.

However my son now in Boy Scouts gets segments related to residence camp. The segments are meant to go around a larger patch. In my son's case the round patch for the residence camp goes on the pocket then the segments go around it, so when it is full it makes a full ring around. It takes years to usually get enough to go all the way around. I have seen some Leaders who have two or three rings going around.

I saw this site for a Council that uses segments.

You can see how they are shaped to go around the outside edge of a round patch.

I am taking a guess that your son would get some round patch related to your council or something, and then put the segments around it.

Those are all 'temporary' patches and go on the pocket itself, the pocket that is not the one with the rank insignia on it.

Hope this helps a little.

You can always call your council office and ask them or ask your Cubmaster or Scoutmaster.

Have a nice evening.

hsjacobus said...

Thank you for your links and help I did finally find a place too that mentioned you can also place them on the back of the red vests along with the round council patch like you mentioned. Either seems to be fine. I opted for the vest because their so much easier to sew on there.

Ellen said...

Hi, My son is about to cross over to boy scouts and I am looking for creative ideas to display all those temporary patches that he has collected over the last 4 years. I do like the red blanket idea, but would also like some clever ideas for displaying them on the wall (something that does not involve sewing :) )

Toni said...

Dear Leader, thanks for this great information. I am a first time leader for Tiger Cubs. My son is a Tiger. I have not had much training from my pack so I am not sure of a list of patchs for the scouts to earn. I was wondering if you can put me in the direction of a list for temporary patchs for the scouts to earn. I do have the Acedemy and Sports book for belt loops and pins. But I need some direction for the temporary patches. Any information would be so much appreciated. Thanks a bunch.

christinemm said...

I saw a scrapbook that a mother made when her son made his Eagle. She took all the temporary patches and taped them from behind onto paper. She does not normally do scrapbooking either. She did it year by year, with photos of events and the temporary patches for those events.

You can also use Badge Magic to put the patches onto fabric, it is like a very sticky sticker.

You could also put the patches onto felt background then put inside a picture frame to hang on a wall.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

christinemm said...

Hi Toni,
You don't have to go out to do things in order to get temporary patches as a Den Leader per se.

If you do Council events they get them, such as a Council sponsored camping trip, a sleep-in at a museum, etc.

If your Pack does a popcorn fundraiser, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold dinner, litter pick up activity, etc. then your Pack can decide to buy the patches and give them to all who participate in it. The patches are sold by Council for usually just under $1. Also there are websites that they can be custom made, such as one year we put our Pack # on the Pinewood Derby patch.

I will say some Packs don't like the patches and may not even give out all those patches.

If they go to Council summer day camp there are patches, resident camp, there are patches, etc.

You will be busy enough doing the rank requirements and the Pack activities and a couple of Council activities a year to not go out looking for more to do in order to get more temporary patches, believe me!

Toni said...

Thanks for answering my question. My Tiger Cubs have been really busy earning the rank requirements. We will be done this month before the Blue and Gold so they will be getting their Tiger Cub Badge. Very exciting. We will be working on electives and belt loops an other. But I was hoping there was a place/website that would be able to give me a list of patches a scout could earn without having to do a council event or a pack event. I have checked with council and they have just mentioned about council events. We just finished with Pinewood Derby and Popcorn. So we received patches for that. Again I was hoping some one might have put together a list of patches the boys could earn on their own without council or a pack event. I have checked with my Advancement person but she has the same questions as I do. I appreciate your answers. Thanks a bunch.

christinemm said...

Hi again Toni,
Okay I see what you are saying. I think perhaps you don't yet know about THESE things.

These are not temporary patches but official programs. I think this fits the bill.

You can start them working on: Wildlife Conservation Badge

Leave No Trace Award (that requires a litter clean up so you can do some of it now and depending on the weather where you live, do the trash/litter pick up in the warmer weather

Both of those should have info inside the Tiger Handbook.

The belt loops are really easy to get and you can work on some of the academic ones like art and science easily in a Den meeting. Chess is easy to cover in one den meeting so long as an adult in teh Den knows how to play. They can earn all of those also in the community meaning if they do a sports team or summer day camp program anything they do like volleyball or flag football.

If you are in a warm weather place right now you can do some of the sports belt loops as a den.

Each year the rank requirements get harder so by the Bear year you may find that getting the rank done by the Blue & Gold gets harder.

Also there is an Outdoor Activity Award that can be earned only by those who go to Cub Scout Day Camp, so if you want your Scouts to get that, check that out and start encouraging participation with day camp. One more thing about day camp is that depending on the program offered, the Scouts sometimes get a lot of belt loops earned and also some rank requirements done which is nice so you don't have to do all of it as a Den.

Also, last year when my Scouts said the only games they could play were video games and they didn't know of board games (which I think is a shame), I began doing one game per Den meeting. Using games that our family owns, I've introduced them to card games and board games. They've played Repeat Pete, Milles Bournes, Cadoo, Blokus, Apples to Apples to name a few, and LOVE them all. You can use up about 20 minutes with those games. Our Den is small so that works for our Den. You could run 2 different games with 2 groups also so long as an adult can oversee it to answer questions if they kids don't understand the game.

Hope this helps.

Ellen said...

Belt loops are fun for the boys, but when you get to the Webelo level a lot of them are involved in the requirements. So don't get too carried away with belt loops in the younger levels.
The conservation patch is a fun one to work on at any level and easier at the lower levels! Every boy wants to build a bird house (we actually did bat houses).
Sounds like you have a very motivated den. Keep up the good work!!

Donna said...

I have used your wonderful website to answer my patch placement questions several times. Thanks for all the time and energy you devote to helping other moms! My son has been awarded the Centennial Recruiter patch and I'm wondering if you know whether it is a temporary patch (it's huge) or if it is to be worn below the right pocket where the recruiter strip goes. Thanks!

Kay said...

Hoping someone can help with this. My grandson has a round patch that has his pack number and city on it. It's about 3" I'm guessing. He has multiple little segmented arched patches that appear to go around the larger circular one. Any idea where this stuff belongs on the shirt? He also has a rectangular patch that shows gears and says "Inventions" and another patch for the local baseball team. I am clueless and have spent hours on the internet trying to figure this stuff out.

christinemm said...

Hi Kay,
The round patch with your Pack number and city on it is a temporary patch that your Pack custom designed. It goes on the right pocket itself (not on the flap). The little things that go around it are called segments. Leave room to put those going around the round patch that fits under the flap.

The one for inventions and the other with a baseball team are also temporary patches. You can only put one temporary patch on the shirt. So I say put the Pack one on the shirt and the other two are souvenirs to be kept in a collection at home.

Hope this helps.

Sandra said...

Thanks so much for all the great info. I'm a new Cubmaster and very frustrated with the temporary patches. I don't like the vest and the blanket seems to be only useful during campouts. Have you seen any other ideas on how to 'wear' these patches without putting them on the boys uniform? I joked and said I was going to make my son a cape to put them


Suz said...

Thanks for putting all of this together. I was starting to sew temporary badges on a red vest for my Tiger Cub son but my husband told me that only one boy wore a red vest in the Pack and that it wasn't a popular thing to do. Am now buying a blanket to put them all on as it's a fun way to keep them together. Here's the link to the blanket:

Pamela said...


My boys have Mountain Man badges, badges they received for their visit and campout on the USS Alabama and for attending Camp Woodruff etc...where do I sew these?


LegalMist said...

Thank you for sharing this information!!

B.G. Andersen said...

Thanks for the information!

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Monica said...

Could you tell me what to do with the "beads" my son is getting? He is a "tiger" and he got orange/white/black beads with a black nylon string.
Thanks for your help!

christinemm said...

Hi Monica, You asked about Tiger beads. The shop that you purchase the uniform from sells a plastic tiger paw looking thing. That hangs on the uniform pocket. The beads are hung off of there with the plastic cord that comes with the paw print thing. They are hung one color bead on a different string. The box gives all the info.

Some packs give this paw thing to the Tigers when the first bead is given out. Other Packs make the parents buy it as part of the uniform.

After all beads are earned the Scout is done with their Tiger and after getting that Tiger badge (cloth badge) awarded and sewn onto the uniform, the bead hanging thing is taken OFF the uniform and put away as a keepsake or whatever.

Hope this helps.

dbeckstl said...

Great information!
Any suggestion on how to temporarily attach the temporary patches to the pocket flap or right pocket with out sewing or using the sticky stuff?
Thanks for your help.

christinemm said...

I have NOT found a way to put on patches temporarily without Badge Magic.

I tried that fusing tape stuff used to do hems on pants, the iron on, no sew stuff. It didn't work on the patches with the plastic on the back.

Badge Magic can be removed by following the manufacturer's directions.

I have also tried loosely hand sewing them on but they tend to gap and look bad if not enough stitches are put in.

I love the temporary patches with the button hook thing on them! Love love love!

Donna Boyd Grey said...

After using Badge Magic on my son's shirt and following the removal directions very carefully, I was left with a shirt with big oily stains that I'm still tying to remove. When our den progressed from Bear to Webelos and my den number patch changed to a patrol type patch I opted to not use the adhesive remover on my shirt so I sport a black gummy residue around the top of the patch. I now only use tiny bits of Badge Magic to tack down whatever patches I am sewing on. For permanent patches I use my sewing machine and for the temps I use clear plastic thread in a long running stitch (each stitch is about 1 inch long but you can't see it because it's clear). This works great and only requires a few stitches per patch. Other methods I've seen are to use adhesive velcro spots with one on the pocket and the other on the back of the patch. The third is to make a loop with thread on the back of the temporary patch and hang it on the pocket but that seems like as much work or more than just tacking it on with long stitches.

Thanks for providing this forum!

christinemm said...

Donna Boyd Grey--Wow what great tips. Had never thought to use clear thread and do long running stitches. Brilliant.

We also had a bad experience with Badge Magic which I blogged as "Why I Will No Longer Use Badge Magic". I thought it was just me with the problems with it. (If you want to read that it is here.)

christinemm said...

Also Donna great idea to make your own hanging loop thing for the patches. I love it when the patches come with that loop on them but homemade will work too!

Chad said...

I am new at this cub scout thing. Thank you for your wonderful ideas. This was just the help I needed.

WeBeLoS Mom said...

"Hollywood tape" works awesome for temporary patches or even one that might need an instant fix.

It can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond and most fabric stores. It is double sided sticky tape that is made for clothing. I've used it for years to keep blouses in place or scarfs in place. Works great and because it is made for clothing it does not leave a residue. I've even washed it (accidently) and taken it off later without a problem.

Debra Woodward said...

The scout shop sells a temporary patch holder that is a clear plastic sleeve that can be hung from the button on the right pocket. You can hang the clear sleeve on the pocket and just switch out the patches inside it. It comes in a couple of shapes/sizes, I think.

Heidi said...

February 5, 2011 and this blog is still so useful. I have a participation badges that I had no idea where to sew. Now I know- temporarily on the right pocket. Thank you.

elizabeth said...

We have a few belt loops on a Cub Scout belt. Every time he removes his belt, all the loops slip off and land in a pile on the floor! I am looking for an idea to secure the belt loops or to put some kind of "stop" at the belt end so we aren't playing pick up after every meeting. Any suggestions?

ChristineMM said...

Hi Elizabeth,
When putting belt loops on the official BSA Cub Scout belt we remove the belt buckle part. They do not fall off the flat end of the belt.

If you open up the belt loop award to make it larger to slip over the flat end of the belt they will always fall off the flat end.

We have never changed the shape of the belt loop awards.

Also are you sure you are using the official BSA Cub Scout belt?

We didn't have this problem with either of our two Cub Scout sons.

My younger crossed over to Boy Scouts last month. He is so happy to have moved onward and upward.

I hope these suggestions work for you.

BTW if you have the right belt and did not alter the shape of the belt loop I would take that belt to the BSA store and inquire, it may be defective.

Karen said...

I hope you can help a grandma of a new cub scout. My daughter asked me to sew on 4 badges on the back of the shirt. They are badges called "Regatta", "Family Camping", Magic of Scouting", and "Flag Ceremony". My question is about a straight line or random order? My daughter doesn't have a clue! Thanks for your help!!

ChristineMM said...

Hi Karen,
BSA doesn't allow anything on the back of the official uniform.

Those sound like the temporary patches referred to in my post. They are intended to be worn on the right pocket --- just one on the right pocket. They are supposed to wear the most recent one there if they want to put it on, then switch it out for the next new one that they get. Most Scouts don't even put those on though as it takes sewing work and they don't want to switch them out. Some come with a button hole loop that can put put on the button of the pocket flap so they wear it easily that way.

Again: no patches go on the back!

All those extra patches are collected for a collection loose in a box or you can sew them onto a panel and hang it on the wall. Some wear the red felt "bragging vest" and fill that up.

Andrea said...

The first link in your blog doesn't work and the paper we gpt isn't specific enough.

ChristineMM said...

Hi Andrea, Look at your Cub Scout handbook. When they revised them a couple of years ago they put in nice illustrations that explain this.

Pack 215 pulled down their webpage, sorry.

Blogger is giving me trouble and won't let me edit this old blog post, sorry.

red E2 Create said...

Hello, I am a new cub scout mom. My son is way in to these patches. Our leader so far hasn't given us much direction as far as where to put the "extra patches" I like the blanket idea, my son isn't to crazy about the vest. He does want to show them off. Are there any rules to these patches? and how do you know what goes on the shirt or not?

ChristineMM said...

Dear red E2 Create,
Yes there are rules about patches, as mentioned in my blog post.

You need to learn the difference in the patches and which are "temporary" patches vs the ranks vs the rest. Once you understand the different patches you follow the rules as to where they go.

The revised Cub Scout handbooks, I thought, had clear uniform guides. Are they not on the inside of the book's covers now?

At the time I wrote this post it was hard to find the answers about where the patches go.

One temporary patch can be worn on the shirt in that one special place and the rest go on a red patch vest. Otherwise, keep them at home in a display of your own design or keep them in a box or something.

In the Boy Scout level there is patch trading that goes on in some venues where those temporary patches and also Council patches can be traded.

Brandi Taylor said...

I am a Tiger Den Leader and Cub Scout mommy. My son just earned his first temporary patch (popcorn sales) and I started his red camping blanket. Thank you for the idea! He will love showing this off at Polar Adventure Days in a few weeks!

busy mom said...

One of the sales women at our Scout Shop suggested buying a navy blue wind breaker jacket for the participation patches. I use Patch Magic to put the patches for day camp, popcorn sales, pinewood derby, on the back of the jacket. I bought a navy jacket for $12 at Target, size 8/10 for my 7 year old so he could grow into it and wear it for several years...probably should have bought next size up. But its the perfect weight jacket to wear to fall and spring day camps over his short sleeved Cup Scout shirt on cooler days. I once saw a scrap book filled with patches at an Eagle Scout ceremony, which is nice commemorative way to display them when your son gets there....but it doesn't allow his friends to see his activities now. Or you could pin them to a bulletin board in your son's room. Its personal preference which way to organize and store the patches thru the years.

Marie said...

Our pack actively uses the red "brag" vest as does most every pack in our area/district. These vest are awesome for displaying cool patches and activities and get other scouts (especially younger ones) excited about scouting. We also use segments as well. Maybe the name "brag" vest is objectionable, maybe "achievement" vest is better, but it is a great way to wear all those temporary patches.

ChristineMM said...

I have no problem with the term brag vest. It was a shame the packs we were in did not use them. My kids did not want to be the one and only kid wearing one.

Settummanque, the blackeagle said...

Hi! Thanks ever so much for responding to lots of uniform and insignia inquiries...You've done a WONDERFUL job!! I want to make you aware of an additional resource to help some parents. It's called the Badge and Uniform Site ( and is constantly updated as it goes along. Again, thanks ever so much -- you've helped to reduce the number of inquiries I've been responding to over the years!!


(LTC USAR Ret.) Mike Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
South Lake Minnetonka, MN

google1 said...

thanks so much for this brilliant resource! I am often confused as to where new badges should go on my 2 son's scouts uniform. With this site, I won't have any issues anymore! great work :)

Toqua's Crafts said...

"Here is a link to the information with photo illustrations, online." The "link" you refer to in this line no longer works. In fact... I just checked all the links and the only one I could get to work was the one in this sentence, "Here is a link to view the official Cub Scout uniform inspection sheet which is free."

Sad those links closed up :(

Bryan Maloney said...

I was a scouter for a while, and calling them "brag patches" may be a sort of self-deprecating humor.

Settummanque, the blackeagle said...

Tonia wrote a while back:
""Here is a link to the information with photo illustrations, online." The "link" you refer to in this line no longer works. In fact... I just checked all the links and the only one I could get to work was the one in this sentence, "Here is a link to view the official Cub Scout uniform inspection sheet which is free."

Sad those links closed up :("

Tonia...the links to the Badge and Uniform Site as well as the site itself is still running. I have just edited two pages on the site this evening (19 Mar 14). If there's something specific you need to find, please post me at or and I'll do my best to assist you. And that goes for anyone else here...


Settummanque, the blackeagle said...

Bryan wrote: "I was a scouter for a while, and calling them "brag patches" may be a sort of self-deprecating humor. "

The BSA also called them that from time to time.

ChristineMM said...

I updated the post today with a new link.

M McLean said...

Hi there. We recently had a 'friends of scouting' rep hand out a patch to a parent that donated at our meeting. The question was asked as to where it is placed on the uniform (or red vest). It looks like the council shaped patch, but I know it can't go there, and the right pocket is, for us as webelos, where the whittling chip is. What do you think? Defer to red vest? Thanks in advance, Melissa McLean

ChristineMM said...

Some Scouts collect patches but among the adult Scouting community there are fervent collectors. I believe some keep their Friends of Scouting (FOS) patches pristine for trading or collecting. An example would be a longtime adult volunteer who donates to FOS every year and saves their collection. I have not seen one actually worn on the shoulder.

settummanque said...

Christine is absolutely correct!! Some Councils do produce special shoulder patches to replace the official Council Shoulder Patch or CSP...and at the wearer's (and Mom or Meema's) option, may wear it instead of the official patch for an unlimited period of time. The patches are designed to spur others on to donate and "get" that patch.

However, most families will place the patch into the Scout's "memory box" (you DO have such a box for your son, right? *winking*).

Hope this helps out!


(LTC USAR Ret.) Mike Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
South Lake Minnetonka, MN

Donna Boyd Grey said...

As long as it bears the council name, you can wear the Friends of Scouting Council patch in place of the regular council patch. As a matter of fact, they probably prefer you to wear it since it shows your support for FoS. Boy Scouts who go to Jamboree are also given special council patches. Ours were Yu-Gi-Oh for the 2013 Jamboree, highly collectible and they're still wearing them.

settummanque said...

Hey Donna!!

Wearing the Friends of Scouting (FoS) Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) is okay; but wearing the Jamboree one is a no-no. The Jamboree Shoulder Patch (JSP) IDs Boy Scouts and Scouters who are *participating* in the National Scout Jamboree. The BSA gave folks a six month "grace period (which ended in February of this year) to return to wearing their Council's shoulder patch. If they are still wearing it, they should be counseled on the purpose behind the patch emblem -- and they should remove and *keep it* (not trade it off, nor to sell it on eBay somewhere) as a personal keepsake of their great time during that Jamboree.

More on that can be found at the Badge and Uniform Site at