When a Cub Scout wears his uniform, he is showing the world that he is a member of this youth organization. The patches he displays further identify him as a member of a specific Cub Scout pack. They tell of his accomplishments, achievements and experiences, letting others know that he worked hard to achieve his goals.
General Guidelines for Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement
Cub Scout patches are divided into two categories, temporary patches and permanent patches.
Where to Place Temporary Patches
A Cub Scout receives a temporary patch for taking part in special events and for attending others. This type of patch is displayed on the center of the right front pocket of the uniform shirt.
- The most common way to display a temporary patch is to insert it into a clear plastic holder that attaches to the button on the pocket.
- Although there are temporary patches that are shaped to fit onto the flap of the shirt pocket, they also must be displayed in the same manner as all other temporary patches.
- A Cub Scout is only permitted to wear one temporary patch at a time. It is completely up to the scout to pick the temporary patch he wears at all times. A scout may also choose not to wear a temporary patch.
Cub Scouts often make or purchase a red vest or blanket where they display all of their temporary patches.
The Placement of Permanent Patches on a Cub Scout Uniform
While certain patches and insignia are worn by all members of the Cub Scouts, there are others that are worn based upon the scout's level, rank and achievements.
- The Council emblem also called the council shoulder patch, is worn by all members on the left sleeve directly under the shirt's shoulder seam.
- In the same position on the right sleeve, all members wear an embroidered American flag.
- If a Cub Scout is in a unit that has been chartered for 25, 50 or 75 years, the members wear an embroidered veteran unit bar above the unit numerals and directly below the council patch on the left sleeve. The veteran unit bar patches are different colors to signify the number of years the unit has been chartered.
- Silver for 25 years
- Gold for 50 years
- Maroon for 75 years
- The diamond shaped rank badges are worn on the left pocket. The scout level determines the position of the patch.
- Tiger Cubs wear their badge at the 6 o'clock position
- Bobcat Cubs wear their badge at 12 o'clock position
- Wolf Cubs wear their badge in the 9 o'clock position
- Bear Cubs wear their badge in the 3 o'clock position
- Webolos wear their badge centered on the left pocket
- The Arrow of Light patch is worn centered on the flap of the left pocket.
Cub Scout Resources
On a Cub Scout uniform, patch placement is an important part of creating the unified feeling of being a member of the Cub Scouts. The placement of the patches a Cub Scout wears on his uniform must be in accordance with the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America. Uniform placement guideline sheets are usually available from local scout stores. In addition, the following resources include information and guidelines regarding proper Cub Scout patch placement:
- The Virtual Cub Scout Insignia Guide: Here you can find details on proper insignia display on everything from Council Emblems to Service Stars.
- Scouting.org: This PDF file from the official scouting website provides simple descriptions and images of patch and insignia layout.
Wear It Proudly
Cub Scout membership and the accompanying achievements are something to be proud of. With the correct patch placement, scouts can look their best and be at ease in any situation in which they will be wearing their uniform and showing off their hard-earned patches.