Cascade Pacific Council’s uniform bank helps provide scout uniforms for youth and adults with financial needs. The uniform bank is meant to supplement, not replace, any unit or district uniform bank you may already utilize. Items are free of charge for those that meet the financial requirement. The uniform bank does not sell items. Recipients must be registered with BSA and Cascade Pacific Council.
The uniform bank relies on donations, has no funding, and is entirely run by volunteers as a service to the Scouting community. Do you have or know of any uniform items that someone has outgrown or no longer needs? Have you seen any at thrift stores or yard sales? Could you help by donating them to the uniform bank? This is a great way to recycle items rather than sticking them in the attic or donating them to a thrift store where they may not ever make their way back to useful life as a Scout uniform. Unlike in the past, Goodwill is no longer donating uniforms to the uniform bank. Please do not donate uniform items to Goodwill or other thrift stores. You can donate by placing items in the uniform bank donation box in the lobby of the council office (2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201). If this is not possible, please ask a Scout leader or your district professional to take the items to the council donation box or contact the uniform bank at the email below to make other arrangements. Without donations, the uniform bank will cease to exist.
What uniform do I request for my son or daughter?
See the uniform guides at these links. A common mistake people make in Cub Scouts is ordering the wrong color uniform. Note that Lions (Kindergartners) wear the t-shirt, Grades 1-3 (tiger, wolf, bear) are in blue shirts and grades 4-5 (Webelos). Pants are part of the uniform. Some unit leaders tell their new scouts not to wear the BSA pants, which is incorrect – a full uniform is a key to helping your son or daughter be the best version of themselves in Scouting.
You should not order a tan uniform if your son or daughter is in grades 1-3. Also, get a uniform a size or two bigger so your scout can grow into it and use it longer. Once your scout grows out of the uniform, please return it to the uniform bank.
There are no forms to fill out or documentation required. The honor system is used. Requests can be made by parents or pack/troop/crew leaders and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and based on bank inventory. If available, the requested items are delivered to the council office several times per month for pick up there.
Requests for uniform items or information can be submitted to the uniform bank at email@example.com.
Cascade Pacific Council, BSA
2145 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Can I request a free used uniform every year?
The goal of the uniform bank is to help a Scout get started at a low cost, and not to be the source of uniforms for a Scout year after year. A virtue of Scouting is paying your own way, and there are many fundraising options available to you to help you raise more than enough to cover your next uniform. This allows uniforms to be available for the next class of brand-new Scouts that join and need a hand.