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Uniform & Patch Placement


Denver Scout Shop

10455 W 6th Avenue

Denver, CO 80215-5780


A. The American Flag patch comes included with the uniform shirt.

B. Patrol emblems go on the middle position of the right sleeve.

C. If our Troop earns a Quality Unit award the patch is worn at the bottom of the right sleeve. 


D. Shoulder Loops indicate the branch of Scouting a boy is in, so Troop 583 members wear Boy Scout loops which are green.

E. Scouts who join the Order of the Arrow may place their OA Lodge insignia on the right pocket flap. Scouts who are not in the OA should not have any patch on the right pocket flap.

F. The right pocket is known as the Temporary Patch location. This is the one place on his uniform where a Scout may wear any Scouting patch of his choice. Typical examples include Summer Camp, Camporee, Coastal Cleanup and Totin' Chip patches. Only one patch may be worn here at a time.

G. A Scout who has earned the Recruiter Patch, by bringing in a friend who then joins the Troop, may wear this patch below the right pocket.

H. The World Crest is worn by all members of Scouting to symbolize their membership in the World Scouting movement. It is worn above the left pocket.

I. Scout's current badge of rank is worn on his left pocket. The ranks are (in order of advancement) Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.

J. If a Scout earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts he may wear it on his Boy Scout Uniform below the left pocket. This is the only Cub Scout award which may be worn on a Boy Scout uniform. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.


K. The Denver Area Council patch must be worn at the top of the left sleeve.

L. The unit number patch must be worn below the Council patch. Our unit number is 583. Shown is the older white number on red field style of patch. The NEW STYLE has green numbers on a tan field. Either is acceptable, but the new is preferred.

M. Scouts who have assumed a leadership role in the Troop wear the appropriate Badge of Office on their left sleeve. Example Badges of Office include Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Den Chief and Bugler.

N. Scouts who have earned a Trained patch by taking an official BSA training course (for example by taking Den Chief training at a Council Pow Wow) may wear the patch at the bottom of their left sleeve. 


O. Merit badges are sewn on to the front of the Merit Badge sash in neat rows of three as they are earned.

Other patches may be sewn on to the back of the Merit Badge sash, but these may not include previously held Badges of Rank or Badges of Office.