Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show wearing the Scout uniform has many benefits, including these:
- Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Boys from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.
- Identification. The uniform identifies a boy as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that he belongs to their den, pack, and council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community.
- Achievement. The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Cub Scout can be immediately recognized.
- Commitment. Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Cub Scout of his commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.
For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
Pack 824 is a "waist up" pack. That means boys are expected to wear all of the class A uniform parts from the belt up - belt, rank appropriate shirt, correct patches (securely attached!), rank appropriate neckerchief and slide, and rank appropriate hat. All Scouts must wear sturdy, closed shoes, unless the activity requires alternative footwear. Shoes may be sneakers, trail shoes, or hiking boots.
Class A uniforms are worn to all pack meetings and other events as directed. Some activities call for a class B uniform to avoid damaging the class A uniform. Class B uniforms consist of the pack t-shirt and rank appropriate pants/shorts or other pants/shorts as directed for a specific activity (e.g., swim trunks for Water Day).
Pants or shorts can be any brand as long as they have belt loops and are the correct color. Dark blue pants or shorts with belt loops are required for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts. Dark blue jeans or jeans shorts are acceptable for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts. These ranks wear the blue Cub Scout web belt with the appropriate buckle. Neckerchiefs and hats must match the Scout's rank. Slides may be purchased for the rank, but hand-crafted slides are acceptable. Official Scout socks (dark blue with orange stripe for Tigers; dark blue with yellow stripe for Wolf and Bear) are encouraged, but not required. Socks, preferably dark blue, are required.
Webelos are strongly encouraged to wear the tan and olive drab uniform. Webelos wearing the tan shirt may select any olive drab pants or shorts with belt loops. However, Webelos Scouts, who choose wear the blue Scout shirt, may wear jeans or jeans shorts. Webelos wearing the tan shirt and olive drab pants may continue to wear the blue belt with the Webelos buckle or may wear the olive drab belt. Note: the adventure loops (or belt loops from the old program) only fit the blue belt. Webelos Scouts should wear the Webelos neckerchief and hat. Slides may be purchased or hand-crafted as for lower ranks. Webelos Scouts may display their adventure pins on the front panel of the Webelos hat or on the Webelos colors, which are worn on the right sleeve. Webelos wearing the tan and olive drab uniform should wear either the official Scout socks in olive drab or other olive drab socks.
Pack 824 maintains a lending closet for uniforms. Inventory is subject to the donations received, items purchased, and items currently on loan. Scouts are welcome to borrow uniforms with the understanding that the uniforms will be returned when outgrown, when the Scout crosses over to Boys Scouts, or if the Scout leaves the pack. Parents and Scouts are responsible for obtaining the correct patches for borrowed uniforms.
Scouts are expected to do their best to maintain borrowed uniforms so that they can be returned in usable condition. Borrowed uniforms must be returned clean and with earned patches neatly removed. Patches are to be sewn onto borrowed uniforms. Please do not use the iron-on products to attach patches!