Like the Scout badge, the uniform is an emblem of Scouting and should be worn proudly. By dressing alike, Scouts show they are equals. The uniform is a sign to yourself and others that you can be trusted. You can be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Dressed as a Scout, you will want to act as a scout.
The complete official "Class A" uniform includes:
- the Scout long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt (shirt tails should be tucked into pants)
- Scout pants or shorts,
- Scout belt and buckle,
- Scout green and red socks, closed toe shoes or boots and
- a Troop 216 yellow and red neckerchief with a Scout theme slide. The neckerchief should be neatly rolled and worn under the shirt collar.
A "Class A" uniform is required at all troop meetings, events, and when traveling to and from a scouting activity, and during luminaria fundraising. It will be worn for all rank advancement functions, on Scout Sunday and during luminary delivery. Rank advancement functions include the Scoutmaster Conference, Board of Review, Court of Honor and Eagle Ceremonies. Periodically, the Scoutmaster will hold unannounced uniform inspections.
The troop activity uniform, often called the “Class B uniform”, includes:
- Troop T-shirt or Scout theme T-shirt (e.g., Scout summer camp T-shirt), with shirt tails tucked into pants
- official BSA or any other green short or long pants,
- official BSA web belt or Scout theme leather belt and buckle set (such as Philmont or Jamboree belt and buckle),
- official BSA green and red socks worn with closed toe shoes or boots.
The Troop 216 uniform policy describes the parts of a scout uniform, the difference between official “Class A” uniforms and unofficial “Class B” uniforms as well as when each type of uniform is appropriate.
The Insignia Guide will help you place uniform insignia in the proper location on the scout uniform. This guide can also be found on the inside covers of The Boy Scout Handbook.