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.

Troop 457 Uniform Policy

Boy Scouts of America "Class A" uniform consists of:

BSA Class "A" shirt, either long or short sleeve with:
American Flag (position 1 right sleeve)
Council strip (left sleeve)
"457" numerals (left sleeve)
Junior Leader position (Patrol Leader, Scribe, Historian, etc.)
Trained patch (after training course for Junior Leader position is completed)
World Scouting Crest (optional; 3" from shoulder seam)
Current rank (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life) (Middle of left pocket)
Arrow of Light (only if earned in Cub Scouts; bottom of left shirt pocket)
Patch from a Boy Scout event such as a camporee, a Klondike, a Boy Scout camp, etc.
(one only; center of right pocket)
BSA belt (optional)
BSA neckerchief
Neckerchief slide

The front and back cover of the Boy Scout Handbook also show the correct placement of insignia.

The "Class B" Uniform

The main component of a Boy Scout "Class B" uniform is a Scout T-shirt. Scout T-shirts are sold through the BSA supply catalog and at stores which sell BSA items. Troop 457 also has designed its own T-shirt (red, with a scout crest over the heart). In addition, the troop has a uniform hat which carries the Troop logo on the front and the scouts name on the back. These items are available for purchase once each year, usually in the spring.

The Class A uniform is preferred for most troop activities. This includes all troop meetings and any time whenthe troop is traveling. The Class A uniform is required for formal functions such as "Court of Honor".

Class B uniforms are worn after the troop has arrived at a camp or campground. If you son is not sure which uniform is appropriate, he should ask his Patrol Leader.

Uniforms may be obtained from the following locations

Moraine Trail Scout Service Center
830 Morton Ave. Extension
Butler, Pa. 16001-3398
Ph: (724)-287-6791
Fax: (724)-287-0400 .

Pittsburgh Scout Service Center
1275 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
Ph: (412)-642-6623
Fax: (412)-642-6623

Very Valuable Uniform Links & Examples

Placement of Insignia

Boy Scout Catalog

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Oct 11, 2008, 9:15 AM