Inspection Guide for a Boy Scout Uniform

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Inspection Guide for a Boy Scout Uniform
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell established the style of the Boy Scout uniform ( Images)

Boy Scouts are expected to be neat and orderly in their appearance. Uniform inspection is a way of encouraging Scouts to take pride in their uniforms and to follow the protocol for the wearing of Scout insignia. If you're a Scoutmaster with responsibility for conducting uniform inspection, you can do this by awarding points for general appearance, headgear, shirt, trousers, belt, socks and shoes.

General Appearance

The standards for general appearance take into account neatly combed hair, proper posture and cleanliness of face and hands, including fingernails.


Headgear generally refers to Scout caps and berets, which must be those chosen by the troop. These should fit the head and be worn with the bill facing forward.


Scouts must wear the official Boy Scouts of America (BSA) shirt (either long- or short-sleeved.) The shirt should be free of stains or holes, ironed and tucked in with the collar unbuttoned.

Trousers and Belts

Trousers should be the official BSA khakis. They should be clean and ironed, fit comfortably and the hemline should reach to just past the top of the shoe. Belt styles should be chosen by the troop and the buckle should be either the international style or the official style with the Boy Scout insignia.

Shoes and Socks

Shoes should be made of canvas or durable leather, should fit comfortably, be laced and tied properly and be suitable for wearing outdoors. Wear official BSA socks with shorts or long trousers; wearing long socks when wearing shorts is optional.

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