UNIFORMS

B-P said, in what is probably his most-quoted writing about the uniform, “I don’t care a fig whether a Scout wears the uniform or not so long as his heart is in his work and he carries out the Scout Law.’‘ However, this quote is out of context, as B-P goes on to say, “But the fact is that there is hardly a Scout who does not wear the uniform if he can afford to buy it. The spirit prompts him to it.

Scouting uses the uniform both as the great equalizer between youth from families of modest means and those who are well off. The uniform, apart from erasing any class distinctions, also fosters the spirit of belonging into a single society in which all members are equal to one another and responsible to one another. It gives the scouts a sense of pride of belonging to a worldwide movement.

BPSA-US Scouting Uniform

For a detailed reference on the pieces of our uniform, BPSA refers members to the adopted 1938 PO&R document. This document describes the proper uniform, and any options, for each section of the association. BPSA now carries a complete supply of uniform shirts and hats for our various sections in our Quartermaster Store. We also realize that uniforming in other scouting organizations is typically expensive, and so we try to find resources with the idea of keeping the cost down as much as possible. This section will list the approved and required uniform pieces for the Otter, Timberwolf, Pathfinder and Rover sections in the association.

Click the image below to view a larger version of the badge placement locations. You can also download our Quick Uniform Reference guide.

Otter Section:

  • Hat:  baseball-style cap with the Otter Badge centered on the front, of approved color: red
  • Shirt: long-sleeve jersey tee with no collar, sleeves rolled up or down, of approved color: red
  • Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: dark blue, khaki, green or gray
  • Necker: 32″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat
  • Socks: any plain color (not white)
  • Shoes: brown or black

Timberwolf Section:

  • Hat:  baseball-style cap with the Timberwolf Badge centered on the front, of approved color: navy blue
  • Shirt: long-sleeve jersey tee with no collar, sleeves rolled up or down, of approved color: ash gray
  • Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color to match hat color: dark (navy) blue
  • Necker: 32″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat
  • Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garters showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray
  • Shoes: brown or black

Pathfinder Section:

  • Hat:  Khaki/olive/brown campaign style, flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown. A beret, green
    or red, is also permitted with appropriate metal pin or patch on front.
  • Shirt: Safari/Bush-style long-sleeve work shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and optional shoulder epaulets in olive (greenish gray), such as the Tag Safari brand shirts for sale in our QM Store.
  • Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: dark blue, khaki, green or gray
  • Belt: Khaki, brown, dark blue webbing belt.
  • Necker: 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
  • Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray.
  • Shoes: brown or black

Rover Section:

  • A Rover wears the uniform of the Pathfinder, as laid out in the previous section, with the exceptions that the shirt be dark (forest or spruce) green with shoulder epaulets, and garter tabs are red instead of green (once knighted). Tag Safari brand Rover uniform shirts are now available in our QM Store here.

Further Notes:

Shirts & hats for all sections are now available for order through our QM Store.

Colors: As a traditional scouting association, BPSA wears the traditional uniform, following the guidelines put down in the 1938 PO&R. We give our local units some flexibility, but the above specifications and the PO&R should be adhered to as closely as possible. The colors should be from one of the approved colors noted in the sections above (though various shades can be considered, e.g. green could be forest green, olive green, etc.); but the tones should be subdued, earthy and in harmony with the traditional uniform styles approved by B-P in the PO&R.

Neckers: The design of the group’s neckerchief is again in keeping with the traditional necker designs. Patterns on the necker are discouraged and solid tones that are in keeping with the outdoors and natural surroundings should be selected. 32″ (for Otters/Timberwolves) and 36″ (Pathfinders/Rovers/leaders) square neckers can be purchased in bulk through Gloria Gager at Zone West in British Columbia. You will need to first submit your necker design. For an appropriate set of design ideas and colors that are in keeping with tradition and the PO&R, please see ScoutNeckers.com—which allows you to design a necker online using various traditional patterns and colors. Also, see Inquiry.net for a how-to on making a traditional square necker.

Socks and Garter Flashes
Garter flashes – USA Kilt, $9.99 – Timberwolves and Pathfinders wear green, Rovers (once invested as a Rover Knight) wear red.
Socks – Sport Kilt, for adults get the $14.50 “Mid-grade”, these hold up better and arent’ sheer once pulled over your adult sized legs.  Plus these are longer and fit better on adults.
For the younger group (14 and below) the regular Kilt Hose for $8.00 works fine.
These should be the same for boys or girls.
Please note that the knee socks and garter flashes don’t need to be worn with long pants. Just use a matching sock color, but shorter when wearing the long pants (unless you just want to keep warm, then keep the knee socks on).