Temporary Cub Scout Patch Placement & Display Ideas

Cub Scout Patch PlacementCub Scout patch placement is always a big question for parents–especially those temporary badges.  How can boys earn them and where do they go?

There are many opportunities to earn temporary badges.  When our Cubs participate in activities such as the annual popcorn sale, the Memorial Day flag placement or the Scouting for Food drive, they get a new patch.  Scouting anniversary events and camporees have patches for the attendees.  The boys who go to Cub Scout Day Camp get a patch.  Often, an organization such as a minor league baseball team will host a Scout Night and will give patches to the boys who are there.

But what are the requirements for Cub Scout patch placement of temporary badges?  The BSA regulations say that you can only have one temporary patch on your uniform at a time.  It is to be worn on the right pocket of the uniform shirt.

patch holderOptions for Temporary Cub Scout Patch Placement

You could sew that patch on, but  when your guy gets the next one and wants that one on his shirt, you’ll have to take the first one off and sew the next one on.  I am a terrible seamstress–I can never get the patch on straight, so I don’t want to do that!

A great option for temporary Cub Scout patch placement is to use a patch holder like this one that’s available from your local Scout Shop or online from Scout Stuff.  Simply put the patch inside the plastic holder and hook it over the right pocket button.

After a year or two of Scouting, your son will have a nice collection of patches. There are multiple options for how to display these.

Want to wear those temporary patches? Here are three ways you can. Order these Cub Scout accessories by clicking on my affiliate links or by clicking on the image.  A small commission is earned (at no additional cost to you) that supports Cub Scout Ideas and the free tips I share with scout parents. 

Cub Scout brag vest
Cub Scout Temporary Patch Sash
Brag Vest
Cub Scout Sash
Cub Scout Jacket

Ways to Wear Patches

  • Brag Vests Many boys have a “brag vest” that they wear over their uniforms.  These bright red vests are typically made of felt.  You can find these on Etsy.
  • SashesOne idea I saw on Pinterest was to make a Cub Scout sash similar to the ones worn by Boy Scouts.
  • Patch Jackets I saw a man and his two sons at our Council office who were wearing patch jackets like this one. I loved the idea, so I bought fleece, zippered jackets with a hood and started sewing their patches on.  (I told you I’m a horrible seamstress–the patches are on crooked!)

Ways to Display PatchesCub Scout patch blanket

  • Blankets & Quilts –Whether you make your own or purchase a ready-made one like this one,  a blanket is a great way to show off the patches.  Your son can snuggle under it or hang it on his wall.  I saw some beautiful quilts on Pinterest.  You can see them by checking out my Cub Scout Patches board.
  • Shadow Boxes & Picture Frames –By using a shadow box or picture frame, there will be much less wear and tear on your son’s patches.  When your son becomes old enough to appreciate it (maybe when he’s 30!), you can pass the shadow box on down to him.  Take a look at this one.  It has the Boy Scout emblem etched onto the glass.  Pretty awesome!

I found this incredible shadow box on a forum.  I love that it has the belt loops embedded in the frame.  I wish I could give credit to the woman who made it, but she only goes by the handle “*Jinx**Trouble x3” on the forum.  Jinx, if you see this, contact me so I can hire you to make one for my boys!Cub Scout patch shadow box

What’s your favorite way of displaying your son’s Cub Scout patches?

Yours in Scouting,

P.S. If you need information on Cub Scout patch placement for permanent badges, read this.

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  1. Miles Baker August 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Great article! I’ve been wondering what to do with the extra patches. Now I have plenty of ideas. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Sherry August 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Miles! Glad the article was helpful!

  2. Julia October 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Sherry, love the ideas. Here’s one you can add. Where were from the patches come with hang loops. I always request one or two extras of any that I can. Example cub day camp. I order three. 1 goes to his scrapbook the other two get glued together and become Christmas tree ornaments. Sometime the patches don’t line up nice so I glue those to felt. He thinks it”s the best thing to see his life on the tree.

    1. Sherry October 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Ooohhh! I love the Christmas tree ornament idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Bryanne March 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    That shadow box is AMAZING! I can’t wait to put one together for my Cub Scout when he moves on to Boy Scouts.

  4. Cubmaster Guy June 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Read the insignia guide again. Two temporary patches are allowed.

    1. Sherry June 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Could you point me in the right direction to find the information about wearing two temporary patches? I saw where the boys can wear one temporary patch and their recognition patch, but I couldn’t find anything about two temporary patches.

      I want to make sure I provide accurate information, so I really appreciate your help in getting this right.

      1. Old Time Cub Scouter August 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        Cubmaster Guy/Sherry:
        Sherry is correct in that only one temporary insignia patch may be worn at a time centered on the right pocket. For more information, please consult the BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia, [see Section 1, Special Regulations, Temporary Insignia (page 11)], at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066(15)_Web-4.pdf

        I hope this clears up any confusion.

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  6. Sheryl March 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I love the shadow box, my son just received his arrow of light and is now a Boy Scout. I’m going to have fun putting this all together.. I enjoy your site.. . I’ll be looking for more!!!

    1. Sherry April 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      That’s awesome! Tell him congratulations on the AOL! Thanks for reading!

  7. Kara May 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    We tape them to my sons bedroom door. He lives adding the newest ones.

    1. Sherry May 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Cheryl March 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

    We like the blanket idea, many in our Pack have all done this. We get the soft surfed fleece ones in red when they come out at Christmas time. We tend to like them better than the more rough felt ones. I like the Christmas ornament idea too! Even if you just glue felt to the back to save money instead of purchasing two patches. We usually commemorate that year by buying the Scout annual patch ornament every year for our tree. Thank you for all the awesome ideas you post in these emails, they are great and as a Den Leader I use them often!!

  10. roger rose March 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    just a couple of uniform comments. There is no such thing as a “class A” scout uniform. Even the military no longer has them, and we are NOT military. The scouts wear a Scout Field uniform.

    If you choose to make a patch vest remember it is not an official part of the uniform.

    a 30 year commissioner

    1. Sherry March 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Roger. You are absolutely right. Almost everyone I know calls them “Class A” out of habit. But we need to change that.

      So, the t-shirts (what I would call Class B) are called a Scout Field uniform, and the more formal one is called the Scout uniform? Is that right?


  11. Ben March 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    “Class A” = Official Field Uniform
    “Class B” = Official Activity Uniform

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  13. Amanda July 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    So the leave no trace is a temporary one correct?


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