Troop 390 and the Boy Scouts of America have always been uniformed bodies. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.
Upon joining Troop 390, the scout will be expected to obtain a uniform. The Troop will provide the scout with his "390" unit numeral patch, Great Trail Council shoulder patch, patrol insignia and green epaulet covers (shoulder straps). Arrangements can be made with families if they have difficulty in obtaining a uniform.
The Official Scout Uniform: The uniform is made of high-performance fabric and features a color scheme of forest green and khaki.
Troop 390 Uniform Policy: Scout Field Uniforms are worn at all Troop meetings and functions, including travel to and from campouts, unless otherwise specified. After Memorial Day to when school starts in the fall, scouts may wear their Troop 390 T-shirts to the Tuesday Troop meetings. If Scouts do not wear official BSA pants or shorts, they are to wear green-colored materials. Shoes and socks should also be green or dark-colored. Traditionally, Troop 390 Scouts have not worn hankerchiefs, however, they may do so if they desire.
Personal equality: The uniform represents a democratic idea of equality; bringing people of different racial, economic, religious, national, ethnic, political, and geographical backgrounds together in the Scouting tradition.
Identification: The uniform identifies youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good in the community. When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit. When worn on the correct occasions, it can attract new members.
Achievement: The uniform shows the wearer's activity, responsibility, and achievement. What each youth or adult member has accomplished with program opportunities can be recognized by the insignia worn on the uniform.
Personal commitment: The uniform is a constant reminder to all Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adults of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of the Boy Scouts of America. The uniform encourages them to take Scouting seriously because of the investment in uniforms by parents of youths and by adults. The uniform is a way of making visible members' commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at all times.
The leaders of Scouting, both volunteer and professional, promote the wearing of the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
Where do the patches go?
One of the most-asked questions by parents and scouts.