Uniforms

We endeavor to have all of our  members (youth and adult) in a full BSA uniform. We recognize that this is not always financially feasible.  If you need assistance in securing uniform parts, please take advantage of our uniform exchange program.  If all else fails, please see the Committee Chair.  We will find some way to make sure families can afford the costs of Scouting – including uniforms.

The BSA Field Uniform

This uniform is sometimes (incorrectly) called the “Class A” uniform.  The Field Uniform should be worn to all Troop meetings and to/from all outings and activities (unless specifically noted on the permission slip or by the Senior Patrol Leader).   The Scout is expected to appear for Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review in a complete BSA Field Uniform.   

  • Hat – Troop 883 embroidered baseball cap (worn “forward” and not “backwards” or “to the side”)
  • Troop 883 Activity Shirt (underneath)
    • Any Troop 883 or Scouting shirt can be worn underneath the uniform, but the preference is to wear the red wicking t-shirt
  • BSA Uniform Shirt
    • Tan BSA uniform shirt (with shirt tail tucked in and with patches correctly sewn in the proper locations)
      • Shoulder Loops (on epaulets) – dark green (new uniform style) or red (old uniform style)
      • Left Sleeve – American flag and patrol emblem
      • Right Sleeve – Baltimore Area Council strip, Troop numbers (provided by Troop 883 as a single patch), badge of office (if appropriate), and Trained patch (if appropriate).  Scouts who have completed NYLT should wear the NYLT version of the Trained patch.
      • Above Left Pocket – Universal BSA emblem (with or without the 2010 rocker) and square knots as appropriate (generally adults – youth may wear the religious emblem square knot if they earned the religious emblem as a Boy Scout).
      • Left Rocket – Current rank patch (youth members), Arrow of Light patch (if appropriate – sewn under the left pocket), and at least one ball point pen
      • Right Pocket – Nametag (if appropriate – on pocket flap if not OA, above “Boy Scouts of America” if OA), OA lodge flap (on pocket flap – if OA), temporary patch on pocket
        • Note: The Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit patches should not be sewn onto the pocket flap (even though they look like they belong there)
      • Neckerchief
        • Troop 883 neckerchief with neckerchief slide – ends tucked into uniform shirt
      • Trousers
        • BSA uniform trousers or shorts
        • BSA belt (BSA web belt, BSA leather belt, High Adventure belt, or web belt that is built into the Switchbacks)
        • BSA socks (either knee-length (old school), calf-length, or ankle-length (short))
      • Hiking boots or shoes

For Courts of Honor and other ceremonial events, consider wearing:

  • Merit Badge Sash
    • You must have earned at least three merit badges to wear the merit badge sash
  • OA Sash (especially if the OA is represented at the event)

You will never wear the merit badge sash and the OA sash at the same time.  Neither sash is ever worn on the belt!

The BSA Activity Uniform

This uniform is sometimes (incorrectly) called the “Class B” uniform.  The Activity Uniform should be worn to all Troop activities (when specifically noted on the permission slip or by the Senior Patrol Leader).     

  • Hat – Troop 883 embroidered baseball cap (worn “forward” and not “backwards” or “to the side”)
  • Troop 883 Activity Shirt
    • Any Troop 883 or Scouting shirt can be worn, but the preference is to wear the red wicking t-shirt
  • Trousers
    • BSA uniform trousers or shorts
    • BSA belt (BSA web belt, BSA leather belt, High Adventure belt, or web belt that is built into the Switchbacks)
    • BSA socks (either knee-length (old school), calf-length, or ankle-length (short))
  • Hiking boots or shoes

The Troop “Sports Night” Uniform

The Troop “Sports Night” Uniform should be worn to select Troop activities (when specifically noted on the permission slip or by the Senior Patrol Leader).     

  • Troop 883 Activity Shirt
    • Any Troop 883 or Scouting shirt can be worn, but the preference is to wear the red wicking t-shirt
  • Athletic pants or shorts
  • Athletic shoes and socks

It’s a good idea to inconspicuously label all uniform parts with the Scout’s name!

Approved by the Troop Committee on June 20, 2016.