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Illustration of wearing neckerchief with (legacy) uniform

This illustrates how the neckerchief should look with the Scout uniform; wearing it over or under the collar is a UNIT OPTION and all members of that unit should follow the lead of its leadership.


All Uniform Neckwear Over or Under Collars

Neckerchiefs: Over or Under Collars?

Mark wrote and asked:

I was reading your very informative web site and I read this paragraph

"Neckerchiefs are a Troop option. If worn, the neckerchief should be worn UNDER the collar of the uniform shirt as shown above and below.

Illustration of wearing neckerchief with (legacy) uniform

Wood Badgers belonging to units without a designated neckerchief should wear the Wood Badge neckerchief in the same manner as shown here."

From what I've read elsewhere, the unit has the option of rolling the shirt collar inside and wearing the neckerchiefover the open collar. Is this accurate?

Yes, it is permissible for Scouts and Scouters to roll the shirt collar inward and wear the neckerchief in that way. Most Scouts and Scouters wearing a neckerchief, however, have opted to wear it the way that it is explained on the site's page.

The information was taken from the Scout Handbook and is also found in the first part of the BSA's Insignia (Control) Guide as well as the BSA's Administration Guide.

Thanks for asking!


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