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As Scouts we wear uniforms for ceremonial occasions, troop nights, trips out, etc. In relation to our Uniform 5th Billericay Scouts have the following principles:

Represent the Scout identity with respect
Look smart, be proud

We have the following types of configurations of our uniform depending upon what activity we are undertaking:

  • Parade Uniform: used for ceremonial occasions, e.g. Renewal of Promise, Remembrance Day parade.
  • Regular Uniform: used for regular Scout Evenings, arrival at campsites, days out, etc
  • Casual Uniform: used for hikes, activity days and as an alternative to the Regular Uniform when stated on the programme
  • Scruff Uniform: used for messy activities and days when we are at camp


The programme for each term always states the type of uniform expected for every event/activity. The table below provides an easy way of identifying what is mandatory for each type of uniform:

Parade Uniform1 Regular Uniform Casual Uniform Scruff Uniform
Scout Shirt Yes Yes
Genesis Polo2 Summer3
Genesis Rugger2 Winter3
Scarf (ironed) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Woggle4 Yes Yes Yes Yes5
Scout Trousers Preferred Optional Preferred
Trekking Trousers6 Alternative Optional Alternative
Scout Belt Yes Optional
Black Shoes Yes Preferred
Hiking Boots7 Alternative Optional
Trainers8 Optional
Own clothing9

Notes on the above table:

1. For Parade Uniform the Scout shirt must be tucked in (it can be untucked at any other time). All clothing must be freshly washed and ironed and black shoes must be polished.

2. The Genesis Polo Shirt and Rugby Shirt can be purchased from the Troop via the Genesis Style order form. Other Genesis style items can also be purchased, for example a Genesis Style hoodie, which is very useful for wearing on cold camp evenings. Note, this does not include the Genesis Style wiking T-Shirt, that can only be worn when on hikes.

3. 'Summer' runs from the start of April through to the end of September and 'Winter' from the start of October through to end of March.

4. Scouts must make their own woggles. If a scout makes a new woggle they are awarded extra patrol competition points. A Turkshead woggle is attractive and easy for any scout to make at home.

5. Instead of a woggle, the Scout can tie their scarf in a friendship knot, to avoid loosing their favourite woggles.

6. If a Scout chooses to wear trekking trousers instead of Scout trousers, this is OK, as long as they are navy blue. We also recommend getting trekking trousers that have zip off legs, which convert into shorts. These are very useful in the summer.

7. Hiking boots must be cleaned, i.e. not muddy.

8. Trainers cannot be brightly coloured for example fluorescent green or orange. Black, blue, white or brown are acceptable colours.

9. Jeans (or any denim based trousers/shorts) or torn clothing (for example torn trousers knees, or trainers with holes in) are never allowed and should never be worn.

A common excuse for not having the right uniform on, or for items to not be ironed, is for the Scouts to blame the parents. From our perspective we expect them to be self sufficient and therefore able to iron their scarf, etc. We would appreciate it if parents/guardians would 'educate' them in these ways, allowing them to do undertake these preparatory tasks themselves in the future.

At inspection during our regular evening meetings additional points will be awarded for both tidyness and the wearing of Scout Trousers, Scout Belt, etc. Furthermore we will advise Scouts if they have not complied with a given uniform rule, for example not turning up at Scouts with a Scarf on, or wearing jeans instead of Scout trousers/trekking trousers. If we have to advise a Scout 3 times for the same issue, we will subtract 1000 points from their score in the patrol competition, impact the chances for them and their patrol to attain the end of term prizes.

Camp Scarf

One of the things that we do differently at 5th Billericay in the Scouts to the other sections is that those that go to summer camp are presented with a 'camp scarf', which is a different colour to the Group scarf and a different colour every year. Scouts wear this additional scarf wrapped into their main scarf (the gold scarf on top of the camp scarf) for the year following the camp the scarf was presented to them for. At the next summer camp new 'camp' scarfs are presented. Once a new camp scarf has been presented previous camp scarfs are removed, even if the Scout didn't go to the subsequent camp.

To role the scarfs together, we recommend first ironing both scarfs to remove creases, then laying the yellow scarf on the ironing board underside up first, followed by the camp scarf, underside up, which is placed 2cm lower, such that the point of the gold scarf is not visible and both scarfs are centred horizontally. Starting at the long edge at the top of the gold scarf fold over 2cm, and iron a crease along the top, then fold over again at the point where the edge of the scarf now sits and again iron a new crease. Continue like this until the point overhangs the rolled and ironed scarfs by about 2cm. Doing it this way, leaving the woggle on and placing it straight onto the shirt hanger after use means that it should stay neat and tidy for the whole term.

Badge Placement

The diagram below shows the location of the badges on the Scout uniform.

Scout Uniform Badge Locations

Click the diagram for a larger version.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 20:25