Each troop selects from among the many BSA uniform options. Here are details about Troop 97's options (prices are for "youth regular" sizes from the BSA National Supply website in February, 2019).
The troop newsletter shows which activities require uniform, and calls out any special uniform options (such as T-shirt instead of standard shirt). In general, we wear full uniform to meetings and "fair-weather" outings and campouts, and typically any time we are in the public eye. The uniform is not appropriate for most cold-weather campouts, where Scouts should dress for the weather. At most summer meetings (June/July/August), we wear "summer" uniform, but Scouts will need both "full" and "summer" uniforms at summer camp.
The troop has some used uniform items in good condition, which we sell for about half price. Check at any troop meeting.
Hat—Troop 97 baseball-style cap (free). Note that wearing a hat is usually optional, but if a hat is worn, only the Troop 97 cap is allowed.
Scout short-sleeved, tan-colored shirt—Either "cotton rich poplin" ($30) OR "polyester microfiber" ($40)—Note that long-sleeved shirts cost more and are NOT recommended. Choose the fabric you prefer, but the less-expensive poplin shirt is comfortable and practical. Girls can wear the standard left-over-right buttoning shirt or the girls' right-over-left buttoning shirt.
Scout dark forest-green pants or shorts—Shorts are acceptable year-round, and most are 'cargo' shorts. Long pants can be worn in fall/winter/spring. Pants can be either "canvas convertible" ($35) OR "polyester microfiber" ($45). Both types of pants have zip-off legs; separate shorts are also available for $20 to $28. The bottoms of the legs should be hemmed by folding the fabric in (no visible cuff). Choose the fabric you prefer, but the less expensive "canvas" cotton/poly pants are comfortable and practical. Girls can wear the BSA cargo shorts or BSA girls' shorts or BSA pants with zip-off legs or BSA capri-style roll-up pants (but note that the capri-style roll-ups cost much more than the other options).
Scout dark forest-green webbed cotton belt with BSA steel-gray metal buckle ($13)
Neckerchief & slide (woggle)—Troop 97 neckerchief (free, presented on first campout) & any woggle you make or buy (BSA slide is $6).
BSA dark forest-green, "CoolMax" low-top socks ($8)—You can buy the dark forest-green crew socks if you prefer, but don't buy the much more expensive gray socks.
Footgear—Any shoes with soles suitable for running and playing. Dress shoes not recommended. Sandals, Crocs, or flip-flops ae not allowed.
BSA merit badge sash ($11)—Available in two lengths. Merit badges are sewn 3 across. Sash goes over the RIGHT shoulder and left hip.
Shirt comes with US flag pre-attached on right sleeve. Add BSA dark forest green shoulder loops ($4).
RIGHT SLEEVE—-US flag, patrol medallion (free from troop), & current-year Quality Unit ("Journey to Excellence") patch (free from troop)
LEFT SLEEVE—Longs Peak Council shoulder patch (several versions available), one-piece numeral 97 [FORT COLLINS / 97 / SINCE 1952] (free from troop), troop office badge (free from troop, if hold office), "Trained" badge (free from troop, if trained for position)
RIGHT POCKET—Troop nametag (free from troop), sewn immediately above the red BSA or BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA embroidered lettering; may wear one "temporary" patch on pocket (optional); recruiter patch, if earned, below pocket
LEFT POCKET—Badge of rank (free from troop; Life rank shown) on pocket; Arrow of Light (if earned) below pocket; World Scout Crest ($2) centered above pocket halfway between pocket and shoulder seam; square knot if earned (youth religious award shown) centered above pocket; year pin(s) (optional; 3/8" above pocket or knots [yellow back for Cub Scout years; green back for Scout years])
Same as Standard Uniform except Troop 97 T-shirt ($14) OR any Troop 97 Trek polo shirt (we recommend bringing 2 troop T-shirts to summer camp)
Appropriate warm outerwear for the conditions OR optional Troop 97 fleece jacket ($45.00)
Girls can wear the same items as the boys. Girls can also get specific girls' shirts, shorts, or capri-style roll-up pants.
BSA policy forbids wearing T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, or other visible garments that display pictures or messages that are inappropriate to Scouting or to youth activities. These include items with "adult" or sexual content or foul language, racial/ethnic/religious/etc stereotypes or slurs, or anything displaying the name or image of alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana products. Since Scouting is non-political, clothing with political messages is also inappropriate.
Last Revision to This Page: 8 January 2021
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