Some BSA Cub Scout Hat History
The red beret does not appear to have been introduced until 1972. Before there were Cub Scouts, there were apparently Junior Scouts in troops. I have no idea what pack leaders were wearing after Cub Scouting became an official BSA program.
1930 Cub Scout Beanies
There is a photograph of the 1930 Cub Scout beanie in "Early Cub Scout Uniforms, By Craig Murray, at the non-BSA Sageventure website.
1997 Leader Hats
In 1997 the optional hat was a visor cap.
“FEMALE LEADER UNIFORM INSPECTION SHEET”, form 34281A, ISBN 0-8395-4281-X, ©1997 Boy Scouts of America, 1999 printing:
Cap (optional).Leaders wear the same visored cap as the youth they serve—blue and gold for Cub Scouting, blue and light blue for Webelos Scouting, olive and red for Boy Scouting, and brown and blaze for Varsity Scouting. Campaign hat may be worn at troop option by Boy Scout leaders.
BSA Red Beret History
Was the red beret was ever worn by Cub Scouts or Cub Scout adult leaders?
There are some interesting comments about berets in Ask Andy, Issue 263, July 6, 2011, a non-BSA publication.
Scout and Scouter Uniforms
Here are some interesting articles:
“The Way It Was - From Doughboy Duds to Oscar de la Renta”
By Robert Peterson, Illustration by Joel Snyder, Scouting magazine, October 2002, © 2002 by the Boy Scouts of America.
The most complete overhaul of the Boy Scout uniform in nearly 60 years occurred in 1980. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta donated his services for a two-year project of remaking all uniforms, for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers, and both men and women adult Scouters.The most complete overhaul of the Boy Scout uniform in nearly 60 years occurred in 1980. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta donated his services for a two-year project of remaking all uniforms, for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers, and both men and women adult Scouters. …
Whether to include a neckerchief was a decision left up to each troop. Troops could also choose to wear either the new baseball-style cap, a red beret (introduced in 1972), or the classic “Smokey Bear” campaign hat.
“Oscar de la Renta, designer of Scout uniforms worn by millions, dies at 82”, Scouting magazine Bryan on Scouting article, October 21, 2014, By Bryan Wendell, includes an illustrated article, "Scouting in Style, by By Scott Daniels, Illustrations by Joel Snyder, Scouting magazine (after 1999?, 58 years after BSA introduced its Scout uniforms), with:
Popular baseball-style caps in appropriate colors replace the old Cub Scout, Webelos Scout, and Boy Scout visored caps
“Design of the Times”, By John Clark, Photographs by John R. Fulton Jr., Scouting magazine, September 2008
Post created: 2019-07-12
Updated 2019-07-13 12:12 pm PDT