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Uniform Information

The Official Scouts New Zealand Uniform is as follows

Scouts New Zealand has recently adopted a completely new uniform. 
  • Official Silver Shirt purchased through the Group
  • Plain black shorts or longs (no Colour strips)
  • Plain black split skirt, skorts optional for girls
  • Back socks short or long
  • Black shoes
The shirt looks like this and the badges will go on the sleeves and front panels


We are proud of Scouting and we require all members to be in the full Scouting uniform once invested. And to only have official badges awarded by Warranted Scout Leaders. Please resist the temptation to "customise" the uniform  

The Kaukapakapa Group 

When your child joins the Kaukapakapa Scout group, and the uniform fee is paid, they will get the silver Scout shirt, Waitoru Zone badge, Kaukapakapa Group badge, and their Section (Scout/Cub/Kea) badge. They will get their Kaukapakapa scarf, woogle and certificate at their investiture ceremony.

How to calculate your shirt size

  1. Take a similar garment from your wardrobe and lay it flat on the table
  2. Smooth it out with no wrinkles
  3. Measure from just under the sleeve seam, across the chest to the other sleeve seam. As shown in the picture
  4. This is a half chest measurement. Below are half chest measurements from Kid’s size 4 to Adult 3XL
  5. Keep in mind that your child will experience growth, so be generous in your sizing

 Sizes  4 6 8 10  12  14  Small  Medium  Large XL  2XL 3XL 
 Half Chest 39.5  41.5  45  47  49  51  55  57  59  63  66  70 

Please ensure you have correctly calculated the shirt size you require before ordering

Sewing on Badges

Please use these Scouting NZ guidelines to place your badges


This is a great time to introduce your Kea, Cub, or Scout into the art of sewing. One of those life skills everyone needs

Important - Wash brand new shirts first before sewing any badges on, as it may shrink and distort the badges

Method One - Using a sewing machine

  • Pin badge into correct place with at least two pins 
  • Double check you have it in the right place 
  • Work from the top side of the shirt, through the badge 
  • Use grey thread matching the shirt on your bobbin 
  • Use clear nylon thread on the top, this is invisible so you don’t have to swap thread for each badge 
  • Travel a small amount at a time, leave the needle in and lift the pressure foot up to turn the fabric, ensuring the badge and fabric stay flat 
  • When you work on the sleeve turn the shirt inside out. Then you can work inside the sleeve on top of the badge and the sleeve does not have to wrap around the machine arm 

Method Two - Hand Sewing

To hand sew on a badge using thread that matches the border colour of badge. If you don’t have a close colour match use; clear or invisible nylon thread
  • Pin badge into correct place with at least two pins 
  • Double check you have it in the right place 
  • Use small over hand stitches through the border of badge, just catching the edge 
  • Use a length of thread no longer than your fore-arm; otherwise it is likely to tangle 
  • Use a single thickness of thread; it is less likely to be seen 
  • You may need to use a thimble as the material can be quite tough 

Method Three - Invisible Hemming Tape

Use invisible hemming tape (supermarkets, Spotlight, etc). Plain hemming tape is not double sided. Tape comes in straight lengths so may want to buy the slightly more expensive quilters product called HeatnBond available from Spotlight
  • Place badge upside down on iron board 
  • Cut pieces of tape to cover badge 
  • Place shirt over badge in correct place and orientation 
  • Double check you have it in correct place and orientation 
  • Iron on as per instructions with tape

General Uniform Care

Iron scarf and shirt from inside. Most badges do not like being ironed, and iron up against them tends to break the stitches over time

If you wash the shirt on a delicate cycle or a slow spin and hang it to dry on a coat hanger, it will need only very little ironing if at all

Rolling the Scarf

Keas, Cubs, and Scouts are taught how to roll the scarf as part of the joining process. This is a Scout secret and cannot be shared