The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its
uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character
development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a
uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and
Personal equality - The uniform represents a
democratic idea of equality, bringing people of different backgrounds
together in the Scouting tradition.
Identification - The uniform identifies youth and
adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good
in the community. When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build
good unit spirit.
Achievement - The uniform shows the wearer's
activity, responsibility, and achievement. The accomplishments of every
youth and adult member can be recognized by the insignia worn on the
Personal commitment - The uniform is a constant
reminder to all members of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of
the Scouting movement. It is a way of making visible members'
commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at
The leaders of Scouting—volunteer and professional—should promote the
wearing of the correct, complete uniform on all suitable occasions.