Uniform clothing creates cohesion. The Scout uniform includes a Scout neckerchief, a Scout shirt and tidy trousers or a skirt and shoes. Depending on the tradition of the local group, the uniform may also include a Scout belt, a lanyard and headware. Nowadays the Finnish Scout uniform is used in festive Scouting events and, depending on the local group, in Scout meetings.
At minimum, the Scout uniform includes the Scout neckerchief. The type of neckerchief varies according to the Scout’s current duties. For example, local groups, Scout Districts, the central organisation and Scout camps all have neckerchiefs of their own.
When a Cub Scout gets the first badge, it is a milestone and a sign of growing and developing in the path of Scouting. Different badges and insignia are signs of common values and togetherness – of growing and doing things together with others.
Sowing instructions for badges
In most local groups, awarding Scout badges is part of regular activities. The purpose of the badges is to give Scouts recognition for the goals they have achieved and to encourage them to continue. The badges are sown to the Scout shirt and each badge has a certain place in the shirt.
The Scout uniform varies according to the age group. The instructions below (in Finnish) show the right places of badges.
- Cub Scouts (7-9 years)
- Adventures (10-12 years)
- Trackers (12-15 years)
- Explorers (15-17 years)
- Rovers/Rangers (18-22 years)
- Scout badges – adults
- Scout badges – skirt
- Scout badges – summer shirt
Please contact your local group for more details about the badge procedure. Depending on the local group, you can get the badges (local group, local area, the Scout District, the central organisation and the world organisation) directly from the local group or you must purchase them yourself. You usually get the age group, paw and skill badges from the local group. Scout clothing and badges are also sold by Scandinavian Outdoor.
Top picture: Joni Kuusisto