Keeping Track of the Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide

Cub Scout neckerchief slide
How many of you have had to stop a meeting for the boys to look for a lost Cub Scout neckerchief slide?

How many of you have had to buy a replacement slide because your son lost his?

And how many of you found the lost slide after purchasing the replacement?

I have to add myself to all three of those categories!  The picture shows what we found when my Webelos and I cleaned out one of his drawers.

Recently, I was helping my Tiger Cub get ready for his meeting.  And I had a brainstorm.  It’s so simple that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

After putting the slide on the neckerchief, I tied the two ends of the neckerchief together and slid the knot up so that the slide would cover it.

Our boys usually take their neckerchiefs off whenever they’re playing an active game, so we don’t have to worry about the neckerchief choking the boy.

That’s it!  End of worrying about lost slides.

What do you think?

Yours in Scouting,

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17 thoughts on “Keeping Track of the Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide

  1. Sarah

    We’ve had that happen a couple of times. My own mother who used to be a cub scout leader and raised two boys showed that trick to me when my son started cub scouts. I have since showed it to a couple of the boys when it looked like their slide was about to fall off.

    Good Tip.

  2. Betsy

    An alternative is to take one end of the tie and loop it back through the top of the slide. If the slide comes off, it remains attached to the tie. (A suggestion from a dad in my den who is helping his 4th son through Cub Scouts.)

  3. Misty

    Be careful knotting the slide onto the neckerchief. It’s actually very dangerous. Scouts are active boys (usually). As they play before/after meetings or get involved in activities, neckerchiefs can get caught on things and cause boys to choke. The slide is meant to slide off.

    It’s a BSA policy to *not* knot the neckerchief. The better thing to do is twist the neckerchief to make it thicker. The slide will still slide off easily, but is also more likely to stay on. Also, pinch the metal parts of the slide tighter. Both those things are taught at BSA training classes.

    Another thing we do as a pack is each year, dens will make a slide (clay snakes, etc) that usually can be used to fill a requirement or elective and also count as official when made in a den meeting. They are usually cheaper than the BSA slides, boys take more pride in their care, and can be made tighter so not to slide off during normal wear, but still in case of an emergency.

    1. Sandy

      I was hoping that someone would say that. I always try to explain that it is not worth the risk to knot it. Another way to keep it on is to put a rubber band above the slide, twist it so there is an X behind the slide and then put it over the neckerchief. It pulls up under the slide and you don’t see it.

      1. Sherry Post author

        Thanks for your comment! The boys usually take their neckerchiefs off when they start playing, but I’m going to try some of the suggestions here.

    2. John

      Could you please link us to the policy that states you cannot knot the neckerchief? We have been unable to find it in either the uniform and insignia guide nor the the guide to safe scouting. Any information you have to back this would be greatly appreciated. As a trainer, I would like to have something to back this up before starting to incorporate it into training (it isn’t in the official training syllabus either). I can almost guarantee that if we say it, it will be questioned considering all scouts when wearing just a neckerchief with non uniform typically tie a simple square knot into the neckerchief as it is worn loosely when not in uniform.


  4. Alicia

    To keep my sons slide on we place a rubber band or hair tie underneath the slide. The rubber band is able to be quickly removed if needed, but holds the slide in place.

  5. Nina

    My Son has that Webelos slide, it looks really old, kind of like the one in your picture.
    Do you know how old the Webelos slide is in your picture? I’m trying to get an idea of how old this one could be.

  6. arabillie

    There is nothing in the BSA guidelines that says that you CANNOT knot a neckerchief, but the instructions given on how to wear it say to simply slide the ends of the neckerchief through the slide. And as has already been mentioned, it’s much like a breakaway badge lanyard – it’s the safer way to do it when you’re dealing with boys being active. Since there are several safer ways (rubber bands, twisting the neckerchief, looping one end around the slide, etc.) to prevent the problem, it’s better to not risk injuring a scout by knotting a neckerchief. I also like the making-your-own idea; our boys have made several slides as a pack or den that are very cute and/or nice-looking and in many cases hold better.


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