Boy Scout Shirt Details

The details on Boy Scouts of America shirts are the thing that sets them apart from other scout shirts around the world.  These details are very important to scouts in America and as a vintage shirt, they add to that special look.

Here are some details to let you know more about that scout shirt in your closet…

Cub Scout Shirt Label

Shirt Construction:

Boy Scout shirts are based on a work shirt design and are specifically made for the organization’s members.  Therefore, each shirt has a label that declares that it is an “Official Youth Shirt” or “Official Men’s Shirt” with the Boy Scout logo & motto “Be Prepared” printed on the right-hand side of the label.  The shirts are almost always a 65% polyester 35% cotton blend for ease of care, although some older shirts have a higher cotton content.

Union Label on a Cub Scout Shirt

All boy scout shirts are union-made in the U.S.A. by the labor organization that was originally called the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA).  The organization also has roots in the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), which is now part of one of the biggest unions in the US: The AFL-CIO.  In the past, this union has also had the names of TWUA and UNITE. Today, the union that makes the shirts is called United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Differences in Shirts:

Patches on a Cub Scout Shirt

Cub Scouts is the younger arm of the Boy Scouts of America organization. Its members are usually between the ages of 5 to 10 years old.

Cub Scout shirts are navy in color, but similar in design and decorative patches to those of the Boy Scouts. Older Cub Scout shirts have the patch “Cub Scouts of America” just above one of the chest pockets, while newer shirts have the “Boy Scouts of America” patch.

The older level of the organization is the Boy Scouts, whose members are between the ages of 11 and 18.  Boy Scout shirts are almost always khaki in color and, because of the age and sizes of the members, often come in larger sizes.

Shirt Patches & Badges:

Every Boy Scout & Cub Scout shirt is different in the number and kind of patches that are attached, based on the achievements of the member.  However, all shirts bear the Boy Scouts of America patch above the right pocket, the American flag on the right sleeve and the council emblem, which is the regional designation, and the unit (or troop) number in red on the left sleeve.


Boy Scouts Official Placement of Insignia Sheet

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