Scouts BSA Handbook
Scout Handbooks will be brought to all meetings, Boards of Review, and Scoutmaster Conferences.
Class "A" Uniforms
Class "A" uniforms will be worn in accordance with the official Guide to Awards and Insignia and consist of the Boy Scouts of America uniform shirt, Mid-America Council patch, Patrol patch, forest green shoulder loops, Troop numerals, and the World Crest emblem.
The American Flag patch is integral with the official Boy Scouts of America uniform shirt and does not need to be acquired separately. The Centennial World Crest Ring Emblem is optional and may be worn on top of the World Crest patch.
Class “A” uniforms will be worn at all Boards of Review, Courts of Honor, Flag Ceremonies, meetings, Scoutmaster Conferences, during travel, and upon request of the Adult Leader in charge.
A new Scout is allowed three (3) months to acquire the uniform. Uniforms, accessories, and insignia may be purchased at the Gottschalk Scout Shop.
Class "B" Uniforms
Class “B” uniforms will be Boy Scouts of America affiliated clothing such as Troop t-shirt or t-shirts acquired by attending Summer Camps and other Scouting activities. Class “B” uniforms may be worn at the discretion of the Adult Leader in charge.
Footwear will consist of a style with a closed heel and toe which attaches securely to the foot. Appropriate footwear with a closed heel and toe is mandatory for participation in water sports at Summer Camp and other official Scout activities.
New Scouts will be assigned to a Patrol by the Scoutmaster or First Year Coordinator upon entry into the Troop. Older Scouts will assume the Patrol patch of their assigned Patrol. First Year Scouts will choose a Patrol name and corresponding Patrol patch during their orientation into the Troop.
Custom Patrol patches may be designed or purchased from outside vendors provided the patch complies with the official Guidelines for Custom Patches and Emblems.
- Patrol patches are optional for Adult Leaders.
Merit Badges are worn on the Merit Badge Sash in rows of three approximately three inches down from the top. Merit Badges may be worn on both the front and back of the Merit Badge Sash.
There is no official standard for arranging Merit Badges on the Merit Badge Sash. Merit Badges may be arranged alphabetically, in the order earned, with Eagle required Merit Badges down the center, or in some other manner at the discretion of the Scout.
Temporary patches such as the Firem'n Chit may be worn only on the back of the Merit Badge Sash.
Merit Badge Sashes
Merit Badge Sashes may be worn by currently registered members of the Boy Scouts of American who have earned at least one Merit Badge.
Merit Badge Sashes may be worn over or under the epaulet, but only over the right shoulder. A Merit Badge Sash Pin may be worn on the shoulder to secure the Merit Badge Sash.
Merit Badge Sashes will be worn only during formal events such as award banquets, Boards of Review, and Courts of Honor. Merit Badge Sashes will not be worn during Monday meetings or campouts.
Order of the Arrow Sashes
Order of the Arrow Sashes may be worn by currently registered members of the Boy Scouts of American and the Order of the Arrow.
Order of the Arrow Sashes will be worn only at Order of the Arrow functions and special Scouting activities when members need to be identified as Arrowmen rendering special services.
Only one sash may be worn at a time. The Merit Badge Sash and the Order of the Arrow Sash may not be worn at the same time. Merit Badge Sashes and Order of the Arrow Sashes are never worn on the belt.
Belts, Pants, Socks
Boy Scouts of America belts, pants, and socks, are recommended but not required by Troop 405 as part of the Class "A" uniform. Official full dress uniform is required at Scout activities such as High Adventure Camps, National Jamboree, and World Jamboree.
At this time, Troop 405's Youth Leaders have elected not to require a Troop neckerchief.