FAQ: Uniform and Supplies
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook.
Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other
uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When
a boy enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents
in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities
such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as
whether it will be provided by the unit, will vary from pack to pack. Den
and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies
that will be required at the beginning of each program year.
Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your
Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Visit the Supply Division Web site
at www.scoutstuff.org to
find a list of distributors in your area. If there aren't any suppliers near
you, you can order directly from the Supply Division by telephone.
How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and equipment?
The Cub Scout pack may provide assistance to families. Some packs operate
a uniform exchange or uniform bank, or they may hold fund-raisers to enable the
boys to earn their uniforms. Also, some packs will award boys rank-specific
uniform components (hat and necherchief) and/or the program books that the Cub
Scout needs each year—so parents should inquire as to what the pack provides
before purchasing the items themselves.