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What's the first thing a boy wants when he becomes a Cub Scout? The uniform, of course. The distinctive blue and gold uniform is undoubtedly one of the major incentives for young boys to become Cub Scouts. It is graphic evidence that they belong, that they are members of the world's largest boys' organization - "The Boy Scouts of America." The uniform also does these things for a boy: 
  • It reminds him to live up to the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, and motto - Do Your Best.
  • It encourages neat, correct appearance as well as proper behavior.
  • It provides the only place for proper display of his badges and awards.
  • It reminds him of the steps along the Scouting trail and encourages him to continue into Boy Scouting.
As a Cub Scout, boys have a chance to earn four badges of rank - Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear. A Cub may also have earned some gold and silver arrow points and Progress Toward Ranks beads. Requirements for each are detailed on the Advancement in Ranks page.

The uniform is a very important part of scouting, and we ask that the boys be in uniform for pack and den events. Parents and Scouts are responsible for purchasing their uniforms. There are official Cub Scout Pants and shorts available, however we don’t require them. They are expensive and the boys outgrow them quickly. Any blue pants will do.

All Pack One scouts must have a "Class A" uniform (Collared Shirt). Scouts and leaders should wear their uniforms to all scouting activities. This includes den meetings, pack meetings, and pack outings and activities such as trips to USS Silversides, pack hockey games, service projects, and summer camp.

How To Wear The Neckerchief
Fold the long edge over several small flat folds to about 6 inches from the tip of the neckerchief. A tight fold prevents gathering around the neck and is more efficient than rolling or twirling. Place around the neck over turned-under collar of uniform shirt. Or, wear under shirt collar if desired. Draw neckerchief slide over ends and adjust to fit snugly. Let neckerchief ends hang loose. The portion of the neckerchief showing below the back of the neck should measure no more than 6 inches.

Tiger, Wolf & Bear Uniform (1st–3rd Graders)
Tigers, Wolfs & Bears wear the official blue Cub Scout shirt, blue pants, and the official Cub Scout belt. Tigers wear the orange neckerchief. Wolfs wear the Gold/Blue neckerchief. Bears wear the blue neckerchief. Patches are placed on the uniform as follows:


Left Sleeve
Council Patch (Great Sauk Trails Council), followed by Pack Number (1)
Right Sleeve
US Flag (comes with uniform), Quality Unit Award centered on the right sleeve 4 inches below the shoulder seam. (Only the most recent award may be worn.)
Left Pocket
Ranks and Arrowpoints earned. Above pocket is Purple World Scouting Crest, Religious patch (as shown for Webelos below), and Service star indicating years in scouting, .
Right Pocket
Progress towards Ranks beads. Recruiter patch is below the pocket and is presented to boys for recruiting another boy into the pack.

Webelos (4th & 5th Graders)
Webelos can switch to the khaki Boy Scout shirt with blue shoulder loops when in 4th or 5th grade but should adopt the khaki shirt by start of 5th grade. The khaki shirt will be used throughout the Boy Scout program (grade 6 up). Webelos wear the plaid Webelos neckerchief and have a new cap. Patches remain the same as above EXCEPT for the left pocket which changes as follows:

Webelos Left Pocket
Webelos Scouts wear only the current badge of rank (Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge). In the left pocket is placed the Oval Webelos rank (when earned); above pocket is Purple World Scouting Crest and any knots (e.g. Religious) that have been earned, service star indicating years in scouting; below pocket is Arrow of Light (when earned).

Any of 20 activity metal pins awarded to Webelos Scouts for completion of a prescribed set of criteria can be worn on the light blue front panel of the Webelos cap. After scouts have earned the Webelos badge, they can earn the Compass Points emblem. It is awarded after earning seven activity badges: four more in addition to the three you earned for the Webelos badge. Wear the Compass Points emblem by attaching it to the button on the right pocket. After earning the Compass Points emblem, scouts receive a metal compass point for each four additional activity badges earned. Pin these compass points on the emblem in the "E," "W," or "S" positions, in any order choosen. Webelos can earn the emblem and all three compass points by completing 19 activity badges, including the three required for the Webelos badge.

New Cub Scout Shopping List
Uniform Shirt (we recommend short sleve). Blue for 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade. Webelos can wear Blue or Khaki for 4th grade but should have Khaki for 5th grade.
  • Official Cub Scout hats that change for each grade level
  • Web Belt with Buckle
  • Neckerchief. Orange for 1st grade, Yellow for 2nd grade, Blue for 3rd grade, Webelos Plaid for 4th & 5th Grade
  • Neckerchief Slide (same blue slide can be used for each rank in Cub Scouts)
  • Great Sauk Trail Council Shoulder Patch (for left sleeve)
  • Pack 1 Red Numbers (for left sleeve)
  • Purple World Scout Emblem (for above left pocket)
  • Cub Scout Handbook: Tiger Cub Book for 1st Grade, Wolf Cub Book for 2nd Grade, Bear Cub Book for 3rd Grade, Webelos Cub Book for 4th & 5th Grade

Purchasing Scout Products
Uniforms and other supplies are available at or the Ann Arbor Scout Shop & Service Center located at 1979 Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor 734-971-7100. Store hours are Monday & Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am - 6:00pm Wednesday 8:30am - 7:00pm 2nd Saturday of the month 9:00am - 1:00pm - November - May Summer Hours: (After Memorial Day through Labor Day) 8:00am - 5:00PM (Mon - Thurs) 8:00am - 1:00pm (Fri)