Uniform Patch Placement

Have you ever wondered what are all those patches for on your uniform and just exactly where do they all go?
Well, you have come to the right place.  Listed below you will find out just what those
patches mean and where to place them properly on your uniform.

The following patches are worn on the uniforms of Leaders and Cub Scouts from Tigers through Webelos Scouts.

US Flag

This patch is one that you shouldn't have to sew on! Most
uniforms come with the flag already attached to the right
sleeve. Some previously used uniforms may have it taken off
but additional ones can be purchased at the Scout Store.
The Boy Scouts of America emblem over the right pocket is
also attached to uniforms when purchased.

Den Number Strip or Patrol Emblem

This patch indicates the number assigned to the Den for which
a Scout is a member.  Scouts and Den Leaders wear this
emblem as part of the uniform.
Webelos Scouts (and Leaders) whose Den has chosen to use
a Patrol Emblem for identification would wear the Patrol
Emblem instead. There are numerous emblems available.
These emblems are worn on the right sleeve directly below the
American Flag.

Journey to Excellence Unit Award

This award is given units who have met a list of requirements.
This award is worn on the right sleeve of the official uniform.
The top of the award should be placed 4" below the top of the
American flag. Only the JTE Award for the current year may be
worn on the uniform

Council Patch

This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to indicate the
Council that represents their Pack. Each Council develops
their own design although the shape and position on the
uniform are the same. Our Council is the Central N.C. Council.
This patch is worn on the left sleeve just below the shoulder

Unit Numerals

This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to signify
membership in Pack 333. You will see two versions of this
patch: a one-piece patch that can be special ordered or the
Pack number can be  made up of three individual numeral
patches that are sewn on next to one another.
Unit numbers are worn on the left sleeve just below the council


All Cub Scout leaders wear round cloth badges of office on the
left uniform sleeve, centered directly below and touching the
pack numeral the Official Uniform or on the pocket of the
Centennial Uniform. All are gold embroidered on a dark blue
background with a gold border except the Cubmaster emblem,
which has silver embroidery and border.


When Cub Scout leaders have completed Youth Protection and basic training for their jobs, they are eligible to wear the Trained
Leader strip below and touching the badge of office on the
Official Uniform or on the pocket flap of the new Centennial

Bobcat Badge

The first badge a Cub Scout earns before any other badge.

It is worn on the left pocket.

Tiger Badge

The Tiger badge is for boys who have completed all 15
parts of the five achievements, that is, five family activities, five
den activities, and five Go See It outings.
It is worn on the left pocket.

Tiger Cub Pocket Totem (Discontinued)

A boy receives totem beads as he completes each part:

He earns a white bead for each required 'family activity' part he
He earns an orange bead for each required 'den activity' part he
He earns a black bead for each required 'Go See It' part he
These beads go on the first three strands of the Tiger Cub
totem. (The fourth strand is for Tiger Track beads which signify
completed electives.)
It is worn on the right pocket.

Wolf Badge

Is earned by boys who have completed first grade, or who are
eight years old and have completed the 12 Wolf achievements.

It is worn on the left pocket.

Bear Badge

Can be earned by boys who have completed second grade, or
who are nine years old.  To earn the Bear badge, a boy must
complete 12 of the 24 specified achievements. He can select
the ones he wants to do from four different groups: God,
Country, Family, and Self.

It is worn on the left pocket.

Progress Towards Ranks (Discontinued)

As a Wolf, when he completes any three achievements, his den
leader can present the Progress Toward Ranks patch to him.
It's a diamond with a  plastic thong attached and a gold bead
attached to one end. Each time the boy completes three
achievements he will receive another gold bead. After he gets
his fourth gold bead, he will receive his Wolf badge at a pack
As a Bear, red beads are presented for each three Bear
achievements earned. After he gets his fourth red bead, he will
receive his Bear badge at a pack meeting. Cub Scouts may
continue to wear this emblem after ranks are earned until they
become Webelos Scouts.

It is worn on the right shirt pocket.

Gold and Silver Arrow Points (Discontinued)

A Wolf or Bear Cub Scout can pick any requirement he likes
from the electives and do it. When he has completed ten
elective requirements, he has earned his first Arrow Point - a
gold one. Only one gold arrow point may be earned during the
Wolf year, and one during the Bear year. It is worn 3/4" below
and centered under the current rank badge (Wolf and Bear).

After earning a Gold Arrow Point, a Cub may complete ten more
requirements to earn a Silver Arrow Point. Under his Wolf or
Bear badge, he may wear as many Silver Arrow Points as he
earns. They are worn in rows of two below, centered, and
touching the Gold Arrow Point or previously earned Silver Arrow
Points for each rank

Webelos Badge

Is for boys who have completed third grade, or who are ten
years old. The Webelos rank is the first step in a boy's
transition towards a Boy Scout troop.

It is worn centered on the left pocket.

Webelos Activity Badges (Discontinued)

Webelos activity badges are sorted into five discipline-related
groups. They are the Community Group, the Mental Skills Group,
the Outdoor Group, the Physical Skills Group, and the
Technology Group. Activity Badges can be displayed on the front
of the Webelos cap or on the Webelos Colors.

The Webelos Colors are worn on the right sleeve immediately
below the US Flag.

Compass Point Emblem and Compass Points (Discontinued)

After you have earned the Webelos badge, you can earn the
compass points emblem. It is awarded after you earn seven
activity badges: four more in addition to the three you earned for
the Webelos badge. Wear your compass points emblem
attached to the button on the right pocket of your Webelos
uniform shirt.

After you earn the compass points emblem, you'll receive a
metal compass point for each four additional activity badges
you earn. Pin these compass points on the emblem in the "E,"
"W," or "S" positions, in any order you choose.

Arrow of Light

After a boy has completed the fourth grade and earned the
Webelos badge, the next step on the Webelos trail to becoming
a Boy Scout is earning the Arrow of Light Award. This is the
highest award a Cub Scout can earn, and is the only Cub Scout
badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform.

It is worn centered below left pocket.

World Crest

This patch is worn by all Scouts and Leaders to signify
membership of our program in the World Scouting
Movement. This patch shows our brotherhood with millions of
Scouts around the world.
This patch is worn centered above the left pocket in the
middle between the top of the pocket and the shoulder seam.

Square Knot Insignia

The square knot device is displayed on the uniform to denote
that the wearer has received the corresponding award. The
award is usually in the form of a certificate and many awards
also include a medallion or other memento.
The Universal Youth Religious Emblem (shown left) may be
worn by any Scout or Scouter that completed a religious
emblem program as a youth member.
All Scouts and Scouters who received a religious emblem in
their youth may wear the universal youth religious emblem
square knot centered above the left uniform pocket flap, if it is
the only knot.

For more information on the Square Knot Insignia,
Click Here.

World Conservation Badge

The Cub Scout version of the badge consists of a giant panda
on violet Scout trefoil, violet trim, gold background.  The
two-inch embroidered emblem is worn as temporary patch,
centered on right pocket. This award can be earned only once
while you are a Cub Scout.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award / National
Summertime Award Pin

Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts
have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity
Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program
years as long as the requirements are completed each year.
The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the
pocket flap award, which is to be 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.

If your den has earned the National Summertime Award, you
may wear the pin on the Outdoor Activity Award patch.

Service Stars

Gold metallic numbered star worn with colored background to
indicate years of service in Scouting. Adult leaders wear a
service star with a light blue background to indicate years of
service as an adult leader in the Scouting program. Adults who
were members as youth may wear multiple stars with
different backings (orange for Tiger Cubs, gold for Cub Scouts,
green for Boy Scouts, red for Explorers, brown for Varsity) or
may combine all BSA tenure in a single star with a blue


Any insignia 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

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 the right pocket.

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