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Boy Scout California uniform requirements


width="310"Little more than a year after the Boy Scouts of America was founded. The appointment was signed by James West, the first executive secretary (later chief scout executive) of the BSA.
Source: Loaned by Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts of America


Ted Barger wearing his
Boy Scout uniform.
Source: RG2877:PH570

Jacket, knickers, toiletry kit, and belt from the first decade of Boy Scouting in the United States. The uniform copied the U.S. Army uniform of 1910, including leggings (not shown here). These items, except for the knickers, belonged to Ted E. Barger, a Boy Scout from the McCook, Nebraska, area. The green stripe on the sleeve indicates that Barger had been a scout for at least one year.
Sources: 11188-1, 3, 5, Ted E.width="220" Barger, courtesy of Anne Barger Hein, Palos Verde Estates, California; Knickers loaned by Rick Wolzen, Lincoln

This patch signifying the rank of Second Class Scout would have been sewn in the middle of the left sleeve of Barger's uniform jacket. "Un-sewn" patches of this age are rare.
Source: 11188-1, Ted E. Barger, courtesy of Anne Barger Hein, Palos Verde Estates, California

width="149" Until 1943 all Boy Scouts and scoutmasters wore what has become known as the "Smokey Bear" hat.
Source: 7575-605, courtesy of Ralph E. Garner, Lincoln

List of Qualifications for a Second Class Scout
(from the 1911 Handbook for Boys)

  • At least one month's service as a Tenderfoot Scout
  • Know elementary first aid and bandaging
  • Know elementary signaling: semaphore, American Morse code, or Myer alphabet
  • Track half a mile in twenty-five minutes or if in town, describe the contents of one store window out of four observed for one minute each
  • Go a mile in twelve minutes at scout's pace, about fifty steps running and fifty walking, alternately
  • Use properly a knife or hatchet
  • Build a fire in the open using not more than two matches
  • Cook a quarter pound of meat and two potatoes in the open without using ordinary kitchen utensils
  • Earn and deposit at least one dollar in a public bank
  • Know the sixteen principal points of the compass


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