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BSA Patch Placement Guide

bsa patch placement on uniform graphic

Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement GuidePatrol Patch Placement Guide

Patch Placement can be hard to get right. So we’ve made this guide to help you look your best. We’ll break down each patch location and type. We’ll also have tips and tricks to help you keep your boy scout uniform in tip-top shape.

Scout Uniform with Patches

Your uniform can hold a lot of different patches!

official Boy Scout Uniform with patches

Shoulder Loops

scout uniform Shoulder Loops

Lets start with Shoulder Loops! These indicate the branch of Scouting your currently in. Shoulder Loops slide easily on the Shoulder Strap. There are 5 different colored Shoulder Loops to represent the different programs and positions you can hold in the BSA! Blue for Cub Scout, Olive for Scouts BSA, Blaze for Varsity Scouts, Green for Venturer, Silver for District and Council, and Gold for Regional and National! You may be in multiple programs and have multiple uniforms and Shoulder Loops. You should wear the Shoulder Loop that matches whichever role you’re preforming that day!

Right Pocket Flap

order of the arrow Right Pocket Flap patch on scout uniform

The Order of the Arrow Lodge flap identifies Scouts who are apart of an Order of the Arrow Lodge. These patches are worn directly on the right pocket flap and are the only approved patch to be worn in this location.

Right Pocket

right pocket of scout uniform with activity patch

The right pocket placement is also known as the temporary patch location. Scouts can wear any Scouting patch of their choice here! Only one temporary patch can be worn at time. Patches that contain a button loop are hung from the right pocket button behind the pocket flap. Some examples of patch worn here are Camporee patches, Summer Camp patches, or custom troop patch!
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Beneath the Right Pocket

beneath right pocket of a troop uniform recruiter patch

This spot of reserved for the Recruiter Patch. Recruiter Patches are given to Scouts that bring another person to join Scouting! The patch is worn centered directly below the right pocket.

Above the Left Pocket

above left pocket of scout uniform patch placement

The World Crest is displayed above the left pocket. All members of Scouting display the Word Crest to symbolize their a part of World Scouting. The World Crest should be centered between the left shoulder seam and the top of the left pocket.
Adults may also wear knots signifying awards earned. Youth cannot not wear knots on their scout uniform.

Left Pocket

left pocket of boy scout uniform

The left pocket is used to display your current BSA rank! The badge should be centered on the left pocket and be your most current rank.

Right Sleeve

right sleeve of scout uniform

The right sleeve is home to some important patches!


American Flag Patch

American flag patch placement on scout uniform

The American Flag Patch comes with every uniform already sewn on. The patch should be located directly below the shoulder seam and should be the BSA issued flag patch.

Patrol Patch

patrol patch placement on troop uniform

Patrol Patches go directly below the American Flag patch. This patch should be centered on the left sleeve and the bottom of the patch should be 4” from the top of the shoulder seam. Patrol Patches are 2” patches, they have 3 thread colors with a khaki background and border. Patrol Patches represent the scouts Patrol! Here is some more information on Custom Patrol Patches! and a selection of Available Patrol Patches

Quality Unit Patch

quality unit patch on sleeve of scout uniform

This patch is award to Troops who have earned the Quality Unit Award.
This patch should be placed just below the Patrol Patch.
Only the most recently earned award should be worn.

Left Sleeve

left sleeve of troop scout uniform

Council Shoulder Patch

council patch placement

The top of the left sleeve houses the Council Strip Patch or CSP. The Council Patch should be flushed against the shoulder seam. The Council Patch is obtained through your local Council and cannot be customized to each individual troop.

Troop Unit Numeral Patch

unit numeral patch on troop uniform

The Unit Numeral Patch is your Troop number. Unit Numeral Patches are placed below the Council Patches. Some Unit Numeral Patches will have a Veteran Bar with a number celebrating the years the Troop has been around. The Veteran Bar is placed on top of the Unit Numeral Patch. You can use individual numbers from your local council office and sew them or to save time get a Unit Numeral Patches here! custom troop unit numeral patch

Position Badge

badge of office position patch on scout uniform

The Badge of Office patch reflect the job you have in hte troop, either elected, assigned or ‘volunteered’. Some examples are Senior Patrol Leader, Den Chief, or Patrol Leader. This patch is placed in the center of the Left Sleeve Pocket. If there is a pocket on the sleeve, this patch goes in the middle of the pocket.

Trained Patch

trained patch on scout uniform

Scouts who take an official BSA Training Course receive the Trained Patch. This patch is placed centered below the Left Sleeve Pocket.

Merit Badge Sash

merit badge sash

The Merit Badge Sash is not a part of the uniform itself, but its often worn over the uniform at a Court of Honor. The Merit Badges should be sewn on the front of the sash as they are earned in neat, even rows of three. Other patches can be sewn on the the back of the sash, as long as they are not previously held Badges of Rank or Badges of Office!. The image here is not typical by any means. Most scouts have one merit badge sash with just a few.

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