One of the most confusing things for a parent of a Cub Scout is figuring out where to put all of those badges. Please use this guide to ensure that your scout uniform is properly configured.
Cub Scout Patches
Cub Scout patches fall into these basic catagories. Badges of Identification, Badges of Rank, Badges of Recognition and Badges of Participation. Once you understand the difference in these, it is much easier to figure out where they go on the uniform.
Badges of Identification: These patches appear on every scout uniform, regardless of unit or rank. The following badges are included in this catagory: Council Patch, Den Numerals, American Flag and World Crest. Veteran Unit Bars and Service Stars also fall into this catagory but they are not worn by Pack 219.
Badges of Rank: Badges of Rank identify which den a Cub Scout belongs to. It also identifys the scouts prior ranks in the program. The following badges are considered Badges of Rank: Bobcat Badge, Tiger Cub Badge, Wolf Badge, Bear Badge, Webelo Badge (both oval and diamond) and the Arrow of Light Award.
Badges of Recognition: Badges of Recognition highlight achievements within the den levels. A scout earns these as he progresses through the yearly program. These are determined by the effort put forth while working in the handbooks. These include the Tiger Cub Pocket Totem, Progress Toward Ranks Totem, Gold Arrow Points, Silver Arrow Points, Webelo Colors, Webelo Activity Badges, Compass Points Emblem, Religious Emblems, Miscellaneous Activity Medals.
Badges of Participation: Badges of Participation recognize a scouts involvement with various parts of the scouting program. These badges include the Cub Scout World Conservation Award, National Pack Summertime Award, Quality Unit Patch, Recruiter Badge and Temporary Insignia. The Attendance Pin and Bar also falls within this catagory, but is not worn by Pack 219.
American Flag: Located on right sleeve of both the blue and khaki shirts. Most shirts have the American flag already sewn on them in the proper position.
Den Numeral: Located directly beneath the American flag. Den numerals are not currently used on Pack 219 uniforms.
Webelo Patrol Badge: Located directly under the American flag on Webelo uniforms. Webelo Patrol Badges are not currently used by Pack 219.
Quality Unit Patch: Located under the American flag with the top edge of the QU patch measuring 4" from the shoulder seam of the sleeve. Only the latest patch earned should be worn, the current patch for Pack 219 is the 2009 Centennial Quality Unit Patch (Blue).
Webelo Colors: This is a Webelo insignia composed of green, red and gold streamers on a blue metal bar. It is worn directly underneath the American flag and all Webelo Activity Badges are worn on the streamers.
Council Patch: Located on the left sleeve at the top of the shoulder seam. Pack 219 belongs to the Piedmont Council and a copy of our council patch is on the front page of the website.
Den Numerals: Located on the left sleeve just below the Council patch.
Religious Award Square Knot
Left Shirt Pocket
Badges of Rank: All Badges of Rank are located on thge left shirt pocket. Badges must be sewn in the order illustrated. If the scout has not served at each rank, then that area is left blank.
Arrow Points: Located directly under the rank badge in which they were earned. Gold Arrow Point is on top and Silver Arrow Points Directly underneath in rows of two. Arrow Points earned as a Wolf should be located underneath the Wolf Badge and Arrow Points earned as a Bear should be located underneath the Bear Badge.
Arrow of Light Award: Centered directly underneath the left pocket.
World Crest: Centered above the left pocket about 1 1/2" above the pocket flap. Be sure to leave enough room for the Religious Award Square Knot to fit in the space between the top of the pocket and World Crest.
Religious Award Square Knot: Centered just above the pocket flap.
Right Shirt Pocket
Tiger Cub Pocket Totem
Tiger Cub Pocket Totem: Worn from the right shirt pocket as illustrated by the Progress Toward Ranks Totem pictured above.
Progress Toward Ranks Totem: Worn by Wolf and Bear scouts on right shirt pocket as shown above.
Compass Points Emblem: Worn by Webelos on the right shirt pocket.
Temporary Insignia: Worn from the right shirt pocket. These can be worn over the totems. Exampoles of temporary insignia that Pack 219 wear includes the Bishop's Award of Excellence, Good Turn for America, Piedmont Council Scout Show and other patches collected throughout the year. Only one temporary patch may be worn at a time.
National Pack Summertime Award: A round gold colored medallion that is located directly above the right pocket button.
Recruiter Strip/Patch: Centered directly underneath the right shirt pocket.