Cub patches show membership to a group or recognition for a specific achievement. The Cub Scout program encourages character development, personal fitness, and camaraderie in young boys aged 7 to 12. Many different badges can be earned. Some are activity badges that allow Cub Scouts to explore new interests and form lifelong hobbies, while others are challenge badges that require more ambitious achievements. There are also rank badges that identify the level of scouting that is achieved.
The American flag is sewn on the right sleeve and identifies the branch of scouting that the Scout is currently in. The rank patches slide easily into the shoulder loops, and 5 different colored shoulder loops indicate the Scout’s current scouting level.
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Position 2: A scout can wear one “temporary insignia” patch on his left pocket flap. This could be a special patch from a council or district-run event or perhaps a religious knot that the scout earned. It’s important to remember that only one temporary patch can be worn at a time and it must be an official BSA patch.
A Cub Scout can earn rank patches, a Whittling Chip badge and a Webelos/Arrow of Light uniform shirt that has the Eagle Scout insignia. In the latter case, a scout may choose to wear it on his right pocket. He will also want to wear his Den number on his shirt. Many scouts like to start a scrapbook to place all of their patches, ticket stubs and brochures in. This is a great way to have a visual reminder of all the fun and memories they’ve made in scouting.