Pack 285 Required Cub Scout Book and Uniform

Grades & Ranks:

At a minimum, cub scouts need a book and a uniform. These items can be acquired in several ways listed below. This document outlines what things are needed and how to get them.

To try and keep costs down, scout socks, shorts/pants, and hats are not required but are strongly encouraged.

Some parts of the uniforms should last 2-3 years. There is a different book, neckerchief, and neckerchief slide for each year. In addition, when scouts reach Webelos (Grade 4), they switch to a Boy Scout shirt instead of a Cub Scout shirt. They’ve usually outgrown their Cub Scout shirt by this point. The Boy Scout shirt is to visually note that these scouts are getting ready to crossover into Boy Scouts.

Uniform Types (Class A & B)

There are two types of uniforms: Class A and Class B. The Class A uniform is what is listed below and what most people think of as a scout uniform. Lions do not have a Class A uniform, they wear the Lion t-shirt. The Class B uniform is a Pack 285 T-Shirt and optionally, a scout belt with awards loops. Class A uniforms are used at all meetings and for ceremonies at organized scout campouts, for example flag raising and lowering. Class B uniforms are “activity” uniforms. They’re used when we don’t want to risk messing up a Class A uniform.

A Note About Sizing

We encourage you to try on the shirts. Boy Scouts of America’s listed sizing is way off from reality. Ask to try on another scout’s shirt. Also, you may want to buy a slightly too-large shirt and belt for new young scouts to give the shirt and belt the chance to last all three Cub Scout years.

Sewing on Patches

For parents that cannot or do not want to sew, there are some alteration shops that offer discounts for scouts. In addition, the Tampa scout shop sells shirts with the council strip and world crest patches already pre-sewn. They charge extra for this, about $10.

To make things easier and to encourage uniform donations and re-use, the pack provides hanging sleeves for rank patches which eliminates sewing of ranks.

Where To Get Things

Pack Clothing Donation Bin (Free)

We encourage all scouters to donate their uniforms and books/slides/neckerchiefs to the pack when they outgrow or no longer need them to help new scout families. The pack has a clothing donation bin. It is usually out during meetings, but if not, ask a leader.

Online at ScoutStuff.org (Cost + Shipping)

ScoutStuff.org is the official online store for the Boy Scouts of America. There are links to the item pages for every item listed below. The total cost of everything below puts the cost of shipping to $9.95 (as of Feb 2018).

Pack Store (Cost + a little extra)

Our pack store sells uniform bundles and books for cost plus a little extra to cover our costs. This is a service to the pack to cost less than online without having to drive to North Tampa.

Tampa Bay Scout Shop (Cost + Driving)

The Tampa Bay Scout Shop in North Tampa sells everything below. The office is located on the West side of I-275 just South of East Fletcher Avenue. Hint: Get on the I-275 Southbound onramp from Fletcher, and the scout shop will be on your right just before you are forced to get on the interstate.

eBay

There are lots of gently used uniform parts listed on eBay. Be careful not to buy something old that is no longer current. For example, all of the books were re-done for 2018 and the inclusion of girls.

Current costs (as of Oct 2018)

Grade K

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5

$30 (+ $10 Shipping)

$80 (+ $10 Shipping)

$80 (+ $10 Shipping)

Lion

Lion Uniform T-Shirt

$9.99

$19.98

Bundle

Belt

$9.99

Lion Book Kit

$9.99

$29.97

Pack 285 Uniform

Lion Hat

$12.99

Tiger

Blue Uniform Bundle

$47.25

$80.22

Pack 285 Uniform

Tiger Neckerchief

$9.99

Tiger Slide

$5.99

Tiger Book

$16.99

Tiger Hat

$14.99

Wolf

Blue Uniform Bundle

$47.25

$80.22

Pack 285 Uniform

Wolf Neckerchief

$9.99

Wolf Slide

$5.99

Wolf Book

$16.99

Wolf Hat

$14.99

Bear

Blue Uniform Bundle

$47.25

$80.22

Pack 285 Uniform

Bear Neckerchief

$9.99

Bear Slide

$5.99

Bear Book

$16.99

Bear Hat

$14.99

Webelos / Arrow of Light

Tan Uniform Bundle

$46.25

$79.22

Pack 285 Uniform

Webelos Neckerchief

$9.99

Webelos Slide

$5.99

Webelos Book

$16.99

Webelos Hat

$17.99

Blue Uniform Bundle

Uniform Shirt

$24.99

World Crest

$2.29

100 Years Ring

$1.99

Council Strip

$3.99

285 Patch

$4

Belt

$9.99

Total

$47.25

Tan Uniform Bundle

Tan Uniform Shirt

$29.99

World Crest

$2.29

100 Years Ring

$1.99

Council Strip

$3.99

285 Patch

$4.00

Cub Scout Loops

$3.99

Total

$46.25

Lions

Lion ($30)

Cub Scout Lion Kit, 2018

Lion Cub Scout Youth Tee

Cub Scout Belt

Book

Here are the pictures and links to the books on ScoutStuff.org.

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5

Tiger

Wolf

Bear

Webelos

Uniform

Here are the pictures and links to the uniform parts on ScoutStuff.org. Note that the patches at the end are for both uniforms (ALL grades).

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5

Short-Sleeve Shirt

Short-Sleeve Shirt

Tiger Neckerchief

Ask the pack.

Bear Neckerchief

Webelos Neckerchief

Tiger Slide

Wolf Slide

Bear Slide

Webelos Slide

Cub Scout Belt

Shoulder Loops (Blue)

Council Strip

Unit Patch - Ask Pack

World Scout Crest Emblem

1910 World Crest Ring Emblem