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“The uniform is a steady reminder that you have pledged yourself to the same high ideals of living as have your brother Scouts and that dressed as a Scout, you must act as a Scout.  It challenges you to do those things that stamp you in the eyes of the world as a real Scout and it keeps reminding you that you have promised to do your best." - from the Boy Scout Handbook, Sixth Edition, 1959

Scouts should wear their uniforms to every Troop 270 event, unless otherwise instructed.


Class A "Dress" Uniform

This is the full, most formal uniform, and is required for all formal, district, and council events such as Courts of Honor, Flag Ceremonies, Gathering of Eagles meetings and such events.  It consists of the Class A uniform (defined below), along with a merit badge sash.  An OA sash cannot be worn along with a merit badge sash, and the merit badge sash may be worn only over the shoulder - never on the belt.  OA sashes are to be worn only at OA functions.  Service at flag ceremonies and similar duty may require removing the merit badge sash so that it will not interfere with duties or to enforce greater uniformity between Scouts.

Class A Uniform

This is the full uniform and is required for most troop meetings; travel to and from events, training sessions, etc.  The full Class A uniform is required for Boards of Review (Class AA is also acceptable for Boards of Review).  This uniform consists of:

  • Scout shirt (long or short sleeve) with correct insignia and badges
  • Scout pants or shorts
  • Scout cloth, nylon or leather belt with Scout buckle
  • Scout socks (with shorts) or hiking/sports socks in non-formal settings
  • Troop neckerchief (see "Neckerchief" below)
  • Closed toe shoes (hiking boots, athletic shoes, dress shoes)

The class A uniform is the required uniform for regular Thursday meetings.

Troop 270 recognizes that young men are growing rapidly during their Scouting years and that the uniform is an expense that can become overwhelming.  While the Scout shirt is the core of the uniform and is required, other pants may be substituted as follows; Non-ornamented pants/shorts in colors such as dark tan (dark khaki), olive, sage or an earth-toned green such as forest, loden, pine or hunter may be substituted for official Scout pants or shorts.  Please note that blue jeans are not included in this list of acceptable pants for Class A uniforms.  The troop maintains a uniform exchange of outgrown uniforms that may help offset costs.  Parents may also want to consider purchasing used uniforms.  The online auction site eBay is a good source of affordable used uniform items - see the category;

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Items of apparel, which are not considered to be in keeping with Scouting Spirit, are not appropriate.  Camouflage clothing of any type is not allowed by BSA regulations.

Troop 270 requires that Scouts wear their Class A uniform during car travel to and from outings (unless otherwise instructed) but allows relaxing some of the details.  In particular, only the shirt is required - other trousers and shoes may be worn.

Class B Uniform (Troop 270 adaptation)

This is the more casual uniform and is required for informal events such as service projects, as a "fatigue" uniform on campouts, at summer camp at all times (except when a full uniform is required), working on Eagle Projects, etc.

Troop 270 Tee shirt, or-Red BSA polo shirt, or Other BSA / O.A Tee-shirts.  BSA pants or shorts or Solid color pants or shorts as indicated for Class A.  Un-ornamented blue jeans are acceptable in most situations.

If BSA or green shorts are worn, Scout socks are required (with exception for less formal situations).  The class B uniform may in certain instances (at Scout Camporees or service projects, for example) be required to be consistent for the troop as a whole - this is referred to as "Troop Class B".  Most other times it is considered an individuals' choice - "Scout Class B." The key difference is that Troop Class B requires the Troop 270 T shirt.

Special uniform Note.  At no time will T-shirts or other garb that advertises or depicts products, actions or events inconsistent with Scouting values be allowed.  For example, a shirt advertising beer or cigarettes would be unacceptable.  Also, once again, camouflage clothing of any type is not allowed by BSA regulations.


Caps are optional for all uniform wear.  The Troop uses an Australian bush type hat for their class B uniform.  The only currently approved caps for Class A or class AA are the BSA emblem cap or “Smokey the Bear” style cap for Adult leaders.  When a Scout is wearing a Class B uniform, BSA Hat/Cap should also be worn, or activity-appropriate headgear.  Any non-BSA headgear is expected to be in keeping with the Scout code.

Wearing of headgear is inappropriate for most indoor situations, including troop meetings.


Troop 270 does not currently use a Scout neckerchief.  Special neckerchiefs, such as commemorative or Eagle neckerchiefs, may be worn by individual Scouts but not while in class AA uniform formations.  Neckerchief slides must be official BSA, Scout commemorative, or of a Scouting nature.  Non-official slides must be approved by adult leadership.  Upon formal adoption by the troop (with concurrence of the Troop Committee) an alternative neckerchief may be worn.


Shirts must have the proper insignia sewn on.  The right shoulder should have the American flag and the patrol emblem; the left shoulder the National Capital Area Council patch, below that the “50 Year” or "60 Year" bar, below that the troop numerals "270", and below that, if the Scout holds a troop office such as Patrol Leader, the patch for that office.  If the Scout has been trained for that position only, he may wear the "trained" strip below the patch of office.  Above the left pocket goes the round purple World Crest emblem.  Also, if the Scout has earned a religious award, he may wear the appropriate square knot patch immediately above the left pocket.  If he earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts, that patch goes immediately below the left pocket.  On the left pocket goes his badge of rank (Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, Eagle).  If he is in the Order of the Arrow, that patch goes on the right pocket flap, and on the right pocket itself can go a temporary patch, such as from a spring camporee etc.

The inside front and back pages of the Boy Scout Handbook show the proper location for the various insignia and awards that are earned by the Scouts and used on the uniform.  You may also consult the Official Scout Insignia Guide for proper position of the insignia if there are any questions.  Additional badges of rank, badges of office and patrol insignia are available for purchase from the Advancement Assistant Scoutmaster.

The Merit Badge Sash

The Merit Badge Sash is a part of the Official Uniform.  The Merit Badge Sash may be worn with the Official Uniform at any time the Official Uniform is worn.  Merit Badges should be worn on the Merit Badge Sash in accordance with BSA guidelines.

The Order of the Arrow Sash

The Order of the Arrow is a prestigious service organization within the framework of the Boy Scouts of America.  For those Scouts who are members of the Order of the Arrow, the OA Sash represents special achievement for the Scout.  The OA Sash may be worn as a part of the Official Uniform at any “formal” Order of the Arrow meeting or ceremony at the unit, district or council level.  The OA Sash should be worn in accordance with guidelines of the Order of the Arrow.

Adult Uniforms

Adult leaders are expected to follow the same uniform standards (Class A, Class B, etc.) as the Scouts.  Since adults may not wear merit badges, there is no distinction between Class A and Class AA for adults (except for earned medals).

Uniform Assistance

Please contact the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chairperson if the purchase of a uniform creates a financial hardship.  Troop 270 will provide assistance where needed.  Troop 270 maintains a uniform exchange supply.  Please see the Adult Quartermaster for details.

Wearing the Uniform Appropriately

The Boy Scout uniform has a long and honored history.  Troop 270 encourages every Scout to wear his uniform proudly and correctly.  It is a symbol that marks him as belonging to a select group of young men.  The uniform tells the world what the Scout believes in and what he lives by.  We strongly endorse the wearing of the uniform.  Conscientious and proper display of the uniform is considered part of Scout Spirit, which is a prerequisite for rank advancement.

Only Scouts having a full Class A uniform will be permitted to represent the Troop in District or Council events that need Scouts or Color Guards.  Representing the troop also means traveling to and from campouts (except for long-distance travel).

At Summer Camp, troops are "graded".  Part of the criteria for achieving the Honor Troop award is proper uniform.  This is judged by the troop wearing a complete Class A uniform for flag ceremonies, assemblies and dinner meals (when dining at mess hall style camps).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:45

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