The correct uniform to be worn by Scouts. Scouters, Non-executive and
Honourary ranks, and Old Scouts, as also by members of the Girl Guides
Association in certain cases when helping with Scout Groups, is described under
the various headings in this part of P.O.R.
The badges of rank to be worn are set out in Part VIII.
No alteration may be made in the uniform as described, nor any addition
to it, with the exception of authorised badges and decorations and certain
articles as set out in various rules below.
Bright metal buttons, unauthorised badges, fancy decorations, and
personal adornments must not be displayed.
Whenever uniform is worn in public, it must be correct and complete.
Members of the Movement may, at the discretion of the Scouter in charge,
wear any convenient clothing in camp, but whenever they appear in public outside
the camp limits, they must be in proper uniform.
Similar scarves must be worn by all members of a Group.
The colour and design of Group scarves will be chosen by the G.S.M. in
consultation with the Group Council, subject to the approval of the
The following persons other than ladies, may wear the kilt with a plain
Any person holding any rank in the Movement in
Elsewhere than in
Persons qualified as under (1) or 2) in respect of service in
A Cub wears uniform as follows, with the appropriate badges of rank
described in Rules 307-310.
with yellow piping, with cloth Wolf's head badge in front.
Scarf. Of the Group colour, worn with a Group ring (of one
pattern, other than Gilwell) or a loose knot at throat.
Stockings Any plain
colour; worn turned down below the knee, with green tabbed garter showing
or shoes. Brown or Black.
Patch. Small triangular patch of
cloth (the colour of the Six) sewn at the top of the left sleeve, immediately
below the shoulder, with point upwards.
Badge. Indicating the Group, worn on
right shoulder or on both, according to the custom of the Group.
and other emblem. If and as
authorised under Rules 342-345.
In tropical climates, Cubs may wear their national head-dress or a white,
grey or green soft felt hat with the Wolf's head badge in front, and a shirt, of
a colour different from that of the Troop shirt, in place of a jersey.
The following optional articles may be carried on appropriate
(worn on the back, and not at the side) or small rucksack.
mackintosh, or jacket. Bright
colours or loud patterns are not allowed.
A Scout wears uniform as follows, with the appropriate badges of rank
described in Rules 311-314
(four dents), flat brim, leather band round crown, and lace worn at back of head
and tied in front on the brim of the hat.
Scarf. Of the
Group colour, worn with a Group ring (of one pattern, other than Gilwell) or
with a loose knot at the throat.
Shirt. Dark blue,
khaki, green, or grey, with twopatch pockets (buttoned), and shoulder straps
optional; or a jersey or sweater of the same colours.
Shorts. Dark blue, khaki or
leather or web.
Any plain colour; worn turned down below knee with green tabbed garter
showing on outside.
Boots or shoes. Brown or
Shoulder knot. Llama braid
six inches long, half an inch wide, of Patrol colours, on left shoulder.
Shoulder badge. Indicating
the Group; worn on right shoulder or on both, according to the custom of the
County and other emblem. If
and as authorised under Rules 342-345.
Scout including a Sea Scout, should be equipped with a natural wood staff,
marked in feet and inches, to be carried on all appropriate occasions.
The following optional articles may also be worn:--
(worn on the back, and not at the side) or ruc-sac.
To carry whistle or knife.
Carried on the belt.
Carried on the belt, but only on appropriate occasions.
A length of cord may be carried on the belt.
mackintosh, or jacket. Bright
colours or loud patterns are not allowed.
Sea Scouts wear Scout uniform as in Rules 283-284 but with the following
Cap (with white cover from 1st May to 30th September) with ribbon inscribed
"Sea Scouts" or, if desired, in the case of Groups operating on inland
waters, "Boy Scouts."
Shirt or jersey. Dark blue.
Jerseys with the words "Sea Scouts" in white letters across the
chest; or shirts or jerseys with an anchor badge on the right breast.
Groups wearing the word "Boy Scouts" on cap ribbons will wear a
blue jersey or shirt, without the words, "Sea Scouts" but with an
anchor badge in either case.
Shorts. Dark blue.
Boots or shoes. Black or
Whilst fishing or boating in bad or cold weather, there is no objection
to Sea Scouts wearing trousers, but on shore and on ordinary occasions shorts
are to be worn, and no Sea Scout may wear trousers with his uniform except in
the special circumstances mentioned. The
wearing of such articles of clothing a a bluejacket's jumper is not permitted.
Waterproofs or oilskins and sou'westers may be worn at the discretion of
A Rover Squire who has been invested as a Scout either on joining the
Troop or in accordance with Rule 265 (ii) wears uniform as for a Scout (or Ses
Scout, in the case of Sea Scout Groups) as described in Rules 283-286, but the
shoulder knot will be green and yellow.
A Rover wears uniform as for a Scout, as described in Rules 283-286, but
with the following differences:--
Shoulder knot. Red, yellow
In place of staff.
Rover Sea Scouts wear uniform as for a Sea Scout, as described in Rules
285-286, but with the following differences:--
With ribbon inscribed "Rover Sea Scouts" or if desired, in the
case of Groups operating on inland waters, the words "Rover Scout."
Knot. Red, Yellow and Green.
In place of staff.
The Rovers a L.A., when meeting together as in Rule 257, may, with the
approval of the D.C and L.A., wear a special scarf; if an emblem is desired on
the scarf, it must be approved in accordance with Rules 342-345.
All Scouters, except as provided in subsequent rules under this heading,
wear uniform as for Scout, as described in Rules 283-284, but with the following
The shoulder knot, if any, will be of the the colour appropriate to the
rank, as laid down in Part VIII.
D.R.S.Ls, R.S.Ls. and A.R.S.Ls. wear red garter tabs instead of green.
A walking stick or thumbstick will normally be carried instead of a
The following additional differences are also permitted:--
In place of shorts, shirt and scarf, there be substituted, if desired,
khaki shorts, khaki tunic with or without a belt of the same material, khaki
shirt and collar, and green tie.
Breeches with stockings or leather leggings are permissible, but not
Scouters, other than Group Scouters, may wear any of the following
The scarf of the Group to which they belong.
A scarf of "Scout" green.
The special Gilwell scarf, if entitled to it.
Group Scouters, when not with or representing their Group, may wear the
Gilwell scarf, if entitled to it.
Sea Scouters, and persons holding Non-executive or Honorary rank in Sea
Scout Groups, including those in Packs, wear uniform as for Sea Scout, as
described in Rules 285-286, but with the following differences:--
A blue peak cap with black band (white cover from 1st May to 30th
September) is worn.
A blue serge double breasted coat with horn buttons may be added, in
which case, a white or blue shirt and collar will be worn with a green tie
instead of a scarf.
The shoulder knot will be of the colour appropriate to the rank, as laid
down in Part VIII.
A walking stick or thumbstick may be carried on appropriate occasions
instead of a staff.
The following is the uniform for ladies:--
Scoutmaster's hat (four dents)
Any one of the following in khaki in khaki, green, blue or grey:--
with or without belt of same material, skirt and shirt of the same colour.
Shirt or jersey, and skirt, with Scout belt.
One piece frock with Scout belt.
as in Rules 293-294, or green tie.
or black shoes.
badge, in the case of Group Scouters, indicating the Group, on right shoulder or
on both, according to the custom of the Group.
and other emblem, if, and as authorised under Rules 342-345.
Reference should be made to the pamphlet "Notes for Women
Scouters," obtainable from I.H.Q., free of charge.
The following items are optional for ladies:--
Stick or tumbstick.
Plain overcoat or mackintosh.
Lanyard to carry whistle.
Haversack or ruc-sac.
AND HONORARY RANKS.
Persons holding Non-executive or Honorary rank wear uniform as for
Scouter, as described in Rules 291-292. The
scarf will be as in Rule 283 or 294.
Old Scouts wear uniform as for Scouters as described in Rules 291-295,
but without shoulder knot.
Those who have been invested as Rovers may wear red garter tabs instead
A Guide or Ranger helping with a Pack may be given permission by the
Captain of the Guide Company to wear a Guide uniform, when so helping.
The badge described in Rule 25 (ii) may also be worn.
A Ranger or Cadet Ranger who is granted a warrant as a Scouter will wear
uniform as in Rules 296-297, with the appropriate badges of rank under Part
A Guider who is also a Scouter may wear her blue coat and skirt or
overall with the appropriate hat, badge, and scarf or green tie, for all Scout
In the case of a warranted Guider, Guide uniform should be worn at Guide
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