BADGES OF IDENTIFICATION AND TENURE
A council shoulder patch (CSP) emblem is worn by all Cub Scouts directly below the shoulder seam on the left sleeve. This emblem is unique to the BSA council hosting your Cub Scout Pack.
U.S. FLAG EMBLEM
A red, white, and blue embroidered American Flag emblem for all members. Worn by all Cub Scouts on the right sleeve. Centered directly below the shoulder seam, it is standard issue on all Scouting uniforms.
A white numeral embroidered on red background. Worn by all boys and pack leaders directly below council patch on the left sleeve. When the veteran unit bar is worn, the Unit Numerals are worn just below, and touching it. Our Pack is 760.
A gold numeral embroidered on navy blue background. Worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered and touching the bottom of the U.S. flag on the on the right sleeve.
Gold metallic numbered star worn with colored background to indicate years of service in Scouting. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts wear star(s) with gold back ground, centered 3/8 inch above the on the left pocket. Boys who have been Tiger Cubs may wear the Tiger Cub service star with orange background on their Cub Scout uniform.
The World Crest emblem should be worn by all youth and adult leaders. The 1-1/2" diameter badge is white on a violet background. It contains a basic fleur motif encircled by a rope tied with a reef or square knot symbolizing the unity and brotherhood of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM) throughout the world. The emblem should be, worn centered horizontally above the left pocket, and placed vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket. For an excellent historical account of the crest, visit Lew Orans' "The World Scout Emblem". The crest is available locally at council Trading Posts (No. 00143)
BADGES OF RANK
TIGER CUB BADGE
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, orange and black embroidered on orange background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 6 o'clock position, as shown in Insignia Guide. (Note: See our Tiger Cub Rank requirements page.)
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, gold and black embroidered on light blue background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 12 o'clock position, as shown in Insignia Guide. (Note: See our Bobcat Rank requirements page.)
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, black and gray embroidered on red background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 9 o'clock position, as shown in Insignia Guide. (Note: See our Wolf Rank requirements page.)
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, brown and black on green background with gold trim. Worn on the left pocket, in the 3 o'clock position, as shown in Insignia Guide. (Note: See our Bear Rank requirements page.)
WEBELOS BADGE (diamond)
A diamond-shaped cloth badge, gold and light blue embroidered on dark blue background with gold trim. Worn centered on the left pocket as shown in Insignia Guide. Webelos Scouts wear only the current badge of rank (Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge.) Option: Webelos Scouts who have not earned the Tiger Cub rank may wear all rank badges earned with diamond-shaped Webelos badge. (Note: See our Webelos Rank requirements page.)
WEBELOS BADGE (oval)
An oval-shaped cloth badge, gold and light blue embroidered on khaki background with khaki trim. Worn centered on the left pocket, with no other rank patches, as shown in Insignia Guide. Note: See our Webelos Rank requirements page.
ARROW OF LIGHT AWARD
A gold design embroidered on a tan background with a blue border. Worn on the left pocket flap centered over the button. This is the highest award in Cub Scouting and the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. (Note: See our Arrow of Light Award requirements page.)
BADGES OF OFFICE
DENNER SHOULDER CORD
A gold double-strand shoulder cord worn on the left shoulder with cord suspended under arm. Worn only during term of office and removed when the term is completed. The tab may be worn without the cord to indicate previous service as a denner. Note: Webelos denners with the tan/olive uniform wear the cord, without the tab, under the left epaulet.
ACADEMICS AND SPORTS PROGRAM
ACADEMICS AND SPORTS BELT LOOPS
There are specific requirements for each belt loop. As a Cub Scout completes these requirements, he is encouraged to do his best to learn about the activity. The Tiger, Cub, or Webelos Scout can take part in one of three ways: (1) individually or with the family, (2) in the den or pack, or (3) in the school or the community.
Belt Loops are worn on the navy blue Tiger or Cub Scout belt only. Webelos Scouts who have chosen to wear the khaki uniform may still wear the blue Cub Scout belt so as to display the belt loops they have earned. There are 33 belt loops total, 12 for academics, and 21 for sports. Belt loops are awarded 'once' to boys who learn and participate in an Academics or Sports area. Sports belt loops are silver in color (except the "BB Shooting" and "Archery" loops which are copper colored,) while Academics belt loops are gold. (Note: Webelos Scouts may earn belt loops the second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.)
Academics Belt Loops - All
Includes: Art, Chess, Citizenship, Communicating, Computing (new for 1998), Geography, Heritages, Mathematics, Music, Science, Weather, Wildlife Conservation.
ACADEMICS AND SPORTS PINS
Once the boy has earned the belt loop, he may choose to stop; however, some boys will want to continue with the activity. A Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout may complete additional requirements to earn a pin.
Pins may be worn on the Cub Scout Academics and Sports letter which can be sewn to a patch vest or sweater. Pins are not a part of the Cub Scout uniform. They are for civilian wear only.
PROGRAM LETTER FOR ACADEMICS AND SPORTS
The Academics and Sports letter, "C" (No. 00805), is available to boys for displaying Academics and Sports pins that Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts earn. The letter, representing "Cub Scouts," can be worn on a sweater or jacket, or displayed or framed. It does not go on the uniform. There are no specific requirements for earning the letter, as it is designed merely to display pins.
BADGES OF RECOGNITION
TIGER CUB BELT TOTEM
A plastic recognition device that is awarded to the Tiger Cub after satisfying certain requirements. Worn on his belt, the front side of the totem is emblazoned with a tiger paw print, and the reverse includes a recessed spage for your Tiger to mount his Tiger Cub badge when he earns it. The lower end of the totem includes space for four strands for totem beads. A boy earns totem beads by working on the five Tiger Cub achievements.
IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION PATCH (and Beads)
Blue, white, and yellow Cub Scout diamond with the words, "Progress Toward Ranks." Worn on the button of the right shirt pocket. A yellow bead is presented for each three Wolf achievements earned until all four beads are earned and the boy is eligible to receive the Wolf badge. Red beads are presented for each three Bear achievements earned. Cub Scouts may continue to wear this emblem after ranks are earned until they become Webelos Scouts.
GOLD ARROW POINTS
Gold embroidered arrow-shaped cloth badges earned during the Wolf and Bear elective program. A Gold Arrow Point is earned by completing the first ten projects in the Wolf or Bear book. Only one gold arrow point may be earned during the Wolf year, and one during the Bear year. Worn 3/4" below and centered under the current rank badge (Wolf and Bear). See our Arrow Points page for more information about the Arrow Points insignia.
SILVER ARROW POINTS
Silver embroidered arrow-shaped cloth badges earned during the Wolf and Bear elective program. Each Silver Arrow Point is earned by completing ten additional projects from the Wolf or Bear book (after earning the Gold Arrow Point). A Wolf or Bear Cub Scout may wear as many Silver Arrow Points as he can earn. Worn in rows of two below, centered, and touching the Gold Arrow Point or previously earned Silver Arrow Points for each rank (Wolf and Bear). See our Arrow Points page for more information about the Arrow Points insignia.
WEBELOS ACTIVITY BADGES
Any of 20 metal pins awarded to Webelos Scouts for completion of a prescribed set of criteria. Broken into the five 'Groups' of:
- Physical Skills,
- Mental Skills,
- Technology, and
Earned only by Webelos Scouts, and worn on the light blue front panel of the Webelos cap or on the optional Webelos colors. See our Activity Badges pages for more information on badge requirements.
COMPASS POINTS EMBLEM
Blue, red, and gold embroidered emblem attached to the button of the right shirt pocket. Presented to a Webelos Scout who earns four activity badges in addition to those earned for the Webelos badge (total of seven). Compass point pins (referred to as devices) may be earned for each four additional activity badges earned, and are worn, in any order, affixed in the "E", "S", and "W" positions of the compass points emblem. See our Compass Points emblem page for more information.
Religious emblems earned by Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts are worn centered above the left uniform shirt pocket. Medals are worn only on formal occasions such as official uniform inspections, blue and gold banquets, troop courts of honor, etc. The religious emblem square knot, silver knot on purple background, is worn over the left pocket of the Cub Scout uniform shirt by a Cub Scout who has earned his religious emblem.
MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITY MEDALS
Medals earned by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts in derbies or other contests are worn centered above the left shirt pocket. These should be worn only on special occasions such as those mentioned above. Only five medals may be worn at a time, pinned in a single row immediately above the seam of the left pocket.
Green, red, and gold streamers on a blue metal bar. A Pack option for wear by Webelos Scouts. Worn on the right sleeve immediately below and touching the U.S. flag. (It covers the den [ patrol ] emblem and Quality Unit insignia.) If den number is worn, Webelos colors are worn under and touching the Den number. If colors are worn, activity badges are worn on the streamers. See our Webelos Colors page for more information.
BADGES OF PARTICIPATION
Any insignia authorized by the local council for a particular purpose, such as Scoutoramas, Cub Scout day camp, roundup programs, etc. worn by Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts centered on the right pocket of the uniform shirt. Only one temporary patch in addition to the immediate recognition or compass point emblem may be worn at a time. Additional temporary patches may be placed on a red vest that may be worn except during inspections.
CUB SCOUT WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD
Giant panda on violet Scout trefoil, violet trim, gold background (No. 00139). Two-inch embroidered emblem, worn as temporary patch, centered on right pocket. See our World Conservation Award page for more information and award requirements.
NATIONAL PACK SUMMERTIME AWARD PIN
A gold sunburst pin given to Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts in packs earning the National Summertime Pack Award. Boys must participate in all three summer pack activities to be eligible for the award. Can be earned more than once, but only one can be worn at a time. Worn centered on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. (Not for adults.) See our National Summertime Pack Award pages for more information and award requirements.
QUALITY UNIT AWARD
Embroidered cloth strip worn by boys and leaders in packs who meet the criteria. (See Quality Unit Award Application.) Worn centered on the right sleeve, 4 inches below the shoulder seam. Only the most recent award may be worn. See our Quality Unit Award pages for more information and award requirements.
EMBROIDERED SQUARE KNOTS AND PIN DEVICES
Embroidered 'Square Knots' are representative of pin-on medals or ribbon suspended medals and are designed for the convenience of the Cub (and the parent!).
Square Knots are always oriented with the loop of the embroidered knot that comes in front of the standing part (known as the 'loop' or 'bight') to the wearer's right. Another clue to correct orientation is that knots are worn with the distinguishing color (not white) towards the wearer's right. If you are still unsure about correct orientation, check out the knot image links below. After trial and tribulation, I think we've got them all rotated correctly.
Square knots are worn centered above the left uniform pocket, in rows of three. There is no particular order in which they should be worn, but it is suggested that the knot deemed most important by the wearer be worn on his own right. For the authoritative Web-treatise on Square Knots, visit Mike Walton's highly recommended Square Knots page.
The following embroidered square knots are available for wear by Cub Scouts who have earned special recognitions:
RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS EARNED AS YOUTH KNOT
Cub Scouts that satisfy all of the requirements of their respective churches award program may wear the silver knot on purple background. Worn on the field uniform to represent attainment of the 'dress' medal. See Cub Scout Religious emblems. section for medal images.
DEVICES FOR THE YOUTH RELIGIOUS SQUARE KNOT
This miniature device is worn with the youth religious emblem square knot emblem(s) earned as a youth. Wear Cub Scout device, No. , with the first-level emblem (God and Me, Maccabee, etc.) earned as a Tiger or Cub Scout; Webelos Scout device, No. 00932, for second-level (God and Family, Parvuli Dei, Faith in God, Light of the World, Aleph, etc.) earned as a Webelos Scout; Boy Scout Device, No. 00927, emblem earned as a Boy Scout; and/or Venturer device, No. 00930, emblem earned as an Venturer or older Boy Scout or Varsity Scout. Only one knot is worn, but any combination of devices may be worn on the same knot.
For more information on the use of Square Knot 'Devices' visit Mike Walton's Devices on Square Knots page.
MEDAL OF MERIT KNOT
Awarded to youth members who have performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others. Worn on the field uniform to represent the 'dress' medal. See BSA Medals Of Valor for Lifesaving and Meritorious Action for more information.
HEROISM AWARD KNOT
Awarded to youth members demonstrating heroism in saving or attempting to save a life at minimum risk to self. Worn on the field uniform to represent the 'dress' medal. See BSA Medals Of Valor for Lifesaving and Meritorious Action for more information.
HONOR MEDAL KNOT
Awarded to youth members who demonstrate unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to his own. In cases of exceptional skill or resourcefulness and extreme risk of life, the medal is awarded with crossed palms. Worn on the field uniform to represent the 'dress' medal. See BSA Medals Of Valor for Lifesaving and Meritorious Action for more information.
For additional information on various awards and recognitions, see the BSA 2000 - 2001 Insignia Guide (No. 33066A).
BSA MEDALS FOR VALOR AND MERITORIOUS ACTION
Originated in 1911, the BSA Medals of Valor are Scouting's premiere recognitions for a member's Lifesaving and Meritorious Action. They are presented by the BSA National Court of Honor (NCOH) based on the type of action, and the degree of danger involved. The council advancement committee or subcommittee may be constituted as a committee on lifesaving and meritorious action awards.
AWARDS FOR LIFESAVING
Recognition may be given to a member of the Boy Scouts of America-Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Explorer, or leader-where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances that indicate heroism and risk to self. The court will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods. In no case shall recognition be given where it appears that the risk involved was merely in the performance of duty, or the meeting of an obligation because of responsibility to supervise and give leadership to the persons whose lives were saved.
It shall be wholly within the discretion of the National Court of Honor to determine from evidence presented which, if any, lifesaving award shall be made. Awards are issued in the name of the Boy Scouts of America. The awards are as follows:
Awarded to a youth member or adult leader who demonstrates unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to his own. In cases of exceptional skill or resourcefulness and extreme risk of life, the medal is awarded with crossed palms.
Awarded to a youth member or adult leader demonstrating heroism in saving or attempting to save a life at minimum risk to self.
AWARDS FOR MERITORIOUS ACTION
Recognition may be given to a youth member or adult leader of the Boy Scouts of America where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that a significant or outstanding act of service was performed. The action taken need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self but must put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals. Recognition shall not be given where it appears that the action involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation. The awards are:
MEDAL OF MERIT
Awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
NATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
The National Certificate of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition.