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 January 2012).
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.
NOTE—The BSA updated uniform components and insignia in August, 2008, in connection with the impending BSA 100th Anniversary in 2010. BUT PLEASE NOTE that you DO NOT have to replace a usable "old" uniform with the new one. The new uniform is designed for "mix and match", so you can replace each separate item (shirt, pants, etc) as it wears out or is outgrown. Similarly, old insignia can be worn indefinitely.
Also don't forget that unless you have just joined the troop, you have probably earned some "uniform credits", which can reduce or eliminate the cost of replacing uniform components. Check with the Scoutmaster.
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.
Boy Scout short-sleeved, khaki-colored shirt—Either poplin ($25; 67% cotton/33% polyester) OR Supplex nylon ($35)—Note that long-sleeved shirts cost $5.00 to $10.00 more, and are NOT recommended. Choose the fabric you prefer, but the less-expensive poplin shirt is comfortable and practical.
Boy Scout dark forest-green pants—Either "canvas" "Convertible" pants ($35; 67% cotton/33% polyester) OR nylon "Switchback" pants ($40). Both types of pants have zip-off legs; separate trousers and shorts are no longer necessary nor available. Adult sizes come in two fits: "Classic" (traditional straight leg) and "Relaxed" (roomier through the seat and thigh). 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.
Boy Scout dark forest-green webbed cotton belt with BSA steel-gray metal buckle ($11)
Neckerchief & woggle (slide)—Troop 97 neckerchief (free, presented on first campout) & any woggle you make or buy (BSA slide is $4).
BSA dark forest-green, low-top socks ($6)—Don't get the crew length or the much more expensive gray socks.
Footgear—Any shoes with soles suitable for running and playing. Dress shoes not recommended. Sandals are OK, but must be worn with Scout socks! Crocs and similar shoes NOT recommended. NO flip-flops.
BSA merit badge sash ($7)—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 ($2.50).
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), numeral 97 with 50-year veteran unit bar (free from troop), "Trained" badge (free from troop, if trained for position), troop office badge (free from troop, if hold office)
RIGHT POCKET—Troop nametag sewn above pocket (immediately above BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA strip, or interpreter and/or Venture strip if earned); 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 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 Boy Scout years])
Same as Standard Uniform except Troop 97 T-shirt ($14) OR any Troop 97 Trek polo shirt
Note that all Scouts who go to summer camp get 1 free T-shirt each summer. We recommend bringing 2 troop T-shirts to summer camp.
Appropriate warm outerwear for the conditions OR optional Troop 97 fleece jacket ($39.00)
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 or tobacco products.