By 2023: 

  • we will have reviewed our uniform, starting with the Explorer Scout uniform 

Why? 

For many, the Scout uniform is a key representation of Scouting’s brand. Even more so than a logo or set of colours, the uniform is a visual shorthand for who we are and what we do. If our uniform is highly traditional, a logical step is for the public to assume that Scouting is also highly traditional. If it is contemporary, relevant, flexible and adaptable, the public are likely to make the same assumptions about our movement. 

We are reviewing our uniform in this light to ensure it still meets the needs of our members and projects the right image of Scouting while remaining practical and relevant in society today. 

We're committed to remaining a uniformed movement, but we last reviewed our uniform over 18 years ago. During the consultation and development of the strategy, members expressed a variety of views about our uniform, which we feel it's timely to explore.

Background 

From its earliest days, Scouting has been a uniformed youth movement. Broadly speaking, the uniform has served a specific purpose, which is to: 

  • emphasise a sense of pride, belonging and identity 
  • provide recognition for Scouts amongst the public (it constitutes part of our brand) 
  • provide a common uniform for young people of all backgrounds, promoting equality and inclusivity 
  • provide a place for young people to display badges, awards and youth leadership roles 
  • provide a practical, durable garment for weekly Scouting activities. 

Status 

This initiative is in the planning phase. 

We expect this to be a long and considered process - no decision has been made to change at this stage, and there are no immediate changes to uniform. 

To kick things off, we'll start some initial research Spring 2019 to collect views and opinions from people inside and outside of the movement.

Next steps for volunteers 

  • There are currently no actions for volunteers
  • If, in the future, changes are proposed, we'd ensure a significant notice and transitional period to minimise any impact on volunteers, young people, or local Scout Shops.