Cub 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.
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.
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.
- Patch Jackets – I saw a man and his two sons at our Council office who were wearing patch jackets like the one pictured at the beginning of this post. 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!)
- Sashes –One idea I saw on Pinterest was to make a Cub Scout sash similar to the ones worn by Boy Scouts.
- 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. 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!
- Banners –There are many options for banners that you can make or purchase. Take a look at my Cub Scout Patches board on Pinterest for lots of ideas.
What’s your favorite way of displaying your son’s Cub Scout patches?
Yours in Scouting,