Back to Uniforms Home

Click here for a printer-friendly page


If there is one thing about the uniform that is confusing it is certainly all the patches.  Hopefully the following information will help!

The pack will provide all required patches for a new Cub Scout.  We will also provide all rank badges, special award badges, activity badges, belt loops and sports pins.  Items such as the Webelos Colors or the Sports and Academics Letter are not included.

Right sleeve:

American Flag: A red, white, and blue embroidered American Flag emblem for all members. Worn by all Cub Scouts. Centered directly below the shoulder seam, it is standard issue on all Scouting uniforms.

Den Numerals: A gold numeral embroidered on navy blue background. Worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered and touching the bottom of the U.S. flag.

Quality Unit Award:  If earned, the top of that patch goes 4" from the top of the shoulder seam.

Webelos Colors:  Green, red, and gold streamers on a blue metal bar. A Pack option for wear by Webelos Scouts. Worn on the right sleeve immediately below and touching the U.S. flag.  It covers the den (patrol) emblem and Quality Unit insignia.  If den number is worn, Webelos colors are worn under and touching the Den number. If colors are worn, activity badges are worn on the streamers.

Left sleeve:

Council Patch: A council shoulder patch emblem is worn by all Cub Scouts directly below the shoulder seam. This emblem is unique to the BSA council hosting your Cub Scout Pack..

Pack Numerals: A white numeral embroidered on red background. Worn by all boys and pack leaders directly below council patch. When the veteran unit bar is worn, the Unit Numerals are worn just below, and touching it.

Left pocket:

World Crest: The World Crest emblem should be worn by all youth and adult leaders. The 1-1/2" diameter badge is white on a violet background. It contains a basic fleur motif encircled by a rope tied with a reef or square knot symbolizing the unity and brotherhood of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM) throughout the world. The emblem should be worn centered horizontally above the left pocket, and placed vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket.

Rank badges: Worn as pictured, with the Bobcat at the 12 o'clock position, Tiger badge at 6 o'clock, Wolf at 9 o'clock and bear at 3 o'clock.  If the Webelos badge is earned, the triangle-shaped badge may replace the Tiger badge at 6 o'clock.  The tan oval-shaped Webelos badge if worn on the khaki colored uniform replaces all other rank badges.

Arrow points:  Gold or silver embroidered arrow-shaped cloth badges earned during the Wolf and Bear elective program. A Gold Arrow Point is earned by completing the first ten projects in the Wolf or Bear book. Only one gold arrow point may be earned during the Wolf year, and one during the Bear year. Worn 3/4" below and centered under the current rank badge (Wolf and Bear).  Silver Arrow Points are earned by completing ten additional projects from the Wolf or Bear book (after earning the Gold Arrow Point). A Wolf or Bear Cub Scout may wear as many Silver Arrow Points as he can earn. Worn in rows of two below, centered, and touching the Gold Arrow Point or previously earned Silver Arrow Points for each rank (Wolf and Bear).

Service stars: Gold metallic numbered star worn with colored background to indicate years of service in Scouting. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts wear star(s) with gold back ground, centered 3/8 inch above the on the left pocket. Boys who have been Tiger Cubs may wear the Tiger Cub service star with orange background on their Cub Scout uniform. (Note: For more information on Service Stars, visit Mike Walton's definitive source: Year Pins & How to Wear 'em!)

Arrow of Light: A gold design embroidered on a tan background with a blue border. Worn on the left pocket flap centered over the button. This is the highest award in Cub Scouting and the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. (Note: See our Arrow of Light Award requirements page.)

Religious emblems: Religious emblems earned by Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts are worn centered above the left uniform shirt pocket. Medals are worn only on formal occasions such as official uniform inspections, blue and gold banquets, troop courts of honor, etc. The religious emblem square knot, silver knot on purple background, is worn over the left pocket of the Cub Scout uniform shirt by a Cub Scout who has earned his religious emblem. To learn more about the specific requirements for these recognitions and who to contact in your religious organization regarding them, visit the BSA Religious Emblems pages.


Right pocket:

The right pocket is reserved for temporary patches.  Any insignia or patch authorized by the local council for a particular purpose, such as Scoutoramas, Cub Scout day camp, roundup programs, etc. worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered on the right pocket of the uniform shirt. Only one temporary patch in addition to the immediate recognition or compass point emblem may be worn at a time. Additional temporary patches may be placed on a red vest that may be worn except during inspections, kept in a scrapbook or hung on a banner at home.

Outdoor Activity Award: Worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.

Tiger Cub Strip: Cloth strip worn by boys to indicate prior membership in Tiger Cubs BSA. Worn centered, below, and touching the right pocket and above the recruiter strip.

Recruiter Strip: Cloth strip presented to boys for recruiting another boy into the program. Worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered, below, and touching either the right pocket, or centered, below, and touching the Tiger Cub strip if applicable.

top of page

Cub Scout Pack 350 is located in Haskins, Ohio and chartered by St. Paul Lutheran Church.
This site is not supported nor sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and in no way should be regarded as official. Any errors contained within this site are unintentional.
Site is best viewed with Internet Explorer 6.0+ at 1024x768 resolution. Comments or errors please contact:
Free hosting services donated by: Fundamental Technologies, LLC