Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement – Temporary Patches

cub scout patch jacketCub Scouts love patches!  And there are many opportunities to earn them.  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 uniform temporary patch placement?  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 holder

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 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.

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.  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
  • 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,

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8 thoughts on “Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement – Temporary Patches

  1. Miles Baker

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

  2. Julia

    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.

  3. Bryanne

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

    1. Sherry Post author

      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.

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