Scout Uniform


If you are signed up as a Scout already, than you should already have your scout uniform, which you can order from your country’s scouting website.  If not, it can still be fun to have your own uniform.  You could either put together your own, or order the official scouter’s uniform.

What Robert Baden-Powell originally meant for uniforms was whatever the scout himself could buy or make.  Here is a quote from Baden-Powell’s book, Souting for Boys:

“Flat brimmed hat if possible, or wide-awake hat.

Coloured handkerchief tied loosely round the neck.

Shirt:  Flannel

Colours: a bunch of ribbons of patrol colour on left shoulder.

Belt, with coat rolled tight and strapped or tied behind.

Haversack, to carry food, etc., slung on back across the shoulders.

Shorts: cut short at knee.  A kilt if you are a Scotsman.

Stockings, with garters made of green, with one end hanging down one inch.

Boots or shoes.”

The shorts and shirt should be of light brown or beige colour.  Of course, you need not use shorts during the winter, nor do you have to wear stockings if you would rather wear regular socks.  The colours are only necessary if you belong to a scout patrol, in which case the scoutmaster will probably explain what the patrol’s uniform looks like.  Try to copy the above list as closely as possible, and start making your own uniform.

With some guidance and help from a friend, I made my own camouflage vest using different fabrics I picked out.  I wanted lots of pockets so that’s how I made it.  It is really quite cool and I also have the satisfaction of knowing that I made a part of my uniform!

I encourage you to put together your own uniform; whether you order it or make it is entirely up to you.




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