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Patch Placement

Click here for the official BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia.
Click here for the official BSA Uniform Inspection Sheet.

Below you will find an excerpts from the BSA Insignia Guide along with descriptions of the various insignia:

Sleeves

Right Sleeve (top-to-bottom)

  • Green epaulet (shoulder loops)
  • US Flag (included on uniform)
  • Patrol Patch (selected by patrol, purchased by parents)
  • Honor Patrol stars (earned by patrol, awarded by troop)
  • Quality Unit Award

Left Sleeve (top-to-bottom)

  • Green epaulet (shoulder loops)
  • Council Shoulder Patch (aka "CSP", purchased by parents, "Pacific Skyline Council"
  • Unit Number and # years (provided by troop, "33" with "60" years)
  • Position of Responsibility (if applicable, see positions of responsibility)
  • Trained (provided by troop once a scout has taken "Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops" training)

Left Sleeve w/pocket (top-to-bottom)

  • Green epaulet (shoulder loops)
  • Council Shoulder Patch (aka "CSP", purchased by parents, "Pacific Skyline Council"
  • Unit Number and # years (provided by troop, "33" with "60" years
  • Trained (provided by troop once a scout has taken "Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops" training)
  • Position of Responsibility (if applicable, see positions of responsibility)

Pockets


Right Pocket (top-to-bottom)

  • Jamboree insignia (only one)
  • Nameplate (optional)
  • Venture strip (not used in Troop 33)
  • Interpreter strip
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Order of the Arrow lodge insignia
  • Temporary insignia (Tribe of Oljato, Sunol-Del Valle, etc.)
  • Recruiter strip

Left Pocket (top-to-bottom)

  • World Crest Emblem
  • Service stars (not used in Troop 33)
  • Embroidered square knots (the most typical is the religious knot)
  • Badges of rank (Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, etc.)
  • Arrow of Light
NOTE: The BSA Insignia Guide states that the Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit patches are not to be worn on pocket flaps.  Since the BSA designed these patches to be pocket-flap shaped it seems obvious that they should be allowed to be worn on a pocket flap.  In Troop 33 we do allow Scouts to wear both patches on their pocket flaps.

Merit Badge Sash

The merit badge sash is the preferred way to display merit badge patches that have been earned.  Here are the answers to commonly asked questions:

Q: How do I wear my sash?
A: Over the right shoulder.  It may be worn under or over the epaulet.

Q: Can I wear more than one?
A: Boy Scouts may wear only one merit badge sash at a time

Q: Where do I place the merit badges?
A: Merit badges may be worn on the front and back of the sash.  Typically the front starting at the top.

Q: Is there any specific order?
A: No.  Merit badges can be placed in the order earned or grouped by Eagle-required vs. elective or any other order.

Q: Can I put other patches on the sash?
A: Yes.  Miscellaneous patches may only be worn on the back of the sash

Q: Can I wear both my OA sash and merit badge sash?
A: No.  The merit badge sash and  the Order of the Arrow sash may not be worn at the same time.