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.
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.
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.