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The Uniform and Scout Handbook

The Uniform

All troop meetings and travel to scout camping trips require a Class A uniform.

Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show uniforming to have many benefits, including these:

    Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Boys from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.

    Identification. The uniform identifies a boy as a member of the Boy Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that he belongs to their patrol, troop, and council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community.

    Achievement. The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Boy Scout can be immediately recognized.

    Commitment. Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Boy Scout of his commitment to the ideals and purposes of Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.

For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions.

The Troop 291 uniform is comprised of the following.
  • Scout shirt (tan)
  • Scout pants (green) and belt (if not included with pants)
  • Scout hat
  • Scout socks
  • Scout sash (green) for applying merit badges
  • Neckerchief, slide, and Troop 291 number patch (provided by troop)
  • Closed-toed shoes or light hiking boots for footwear. 


Boy Scouts have several types of insignia on the uniform. A handy guide is included in the Boy Scout handbook for how and where to apply insignia patches. 

Learn more:
Uniform Inspection Sheet showing location of patches

Class B Uniform

A Class B uniform is recommended for service and informal troop events and consists of a Troop 291 T-shirt which is available for purchase at troop meetings for $10.

Boy Scout Handbook

All scouts are required to have a Boy Scout Handbook. The scout handbook is a reference for scout activity requirements and camping requirements.
  • Bring to all troop meetings and camping trips
  • Handbook cover recommended
  • Spiral bound version recommended. 

Where to buy:

Scout uniform, insignia and handbook can be purchased at the scout store or online:

Scout Store:
National Capital Scout Shop
9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 
Phone: (301) 564-1091

Scout Bag

A Scout Bag is a small backpack to bring to meetings and outings).
Scouts should always have their scout bag with them.  

This bag should contain:

BSA handbook