Few of us know the evolution of the Scout uniform from its inception to its current design. One such innovator to the Boy Scout uniform’s evolution has passed away last night. Whether you like the design or rather it go back to its original image… all it takes it one person with the dedication to make the BSA better.

Many thanks to Mr. Oscar de la Renta for his dedication to the reimagining of the Boy Scout Uniform. The most complete overhaul of the Boy Scout uniform in nearly 60 years occurred in 1980. 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.

Gone were most vestiges of military flavor. Boy Scouts wore khaki (tan) short- or long-sleeved shirts with red-ribboned epaulets (to designate the Boy Scouting program). Shorts and trousers were olive (green) and had voluminous utility pockets.

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.

The new design—which continues to be the official Scout uniform—was a far cry from the doughboy duds of the BSA’s beginnings.

Oscar de la Renta passed away last evening, he was 82. Rest in Peace and thank you for you dedication to the Boys Scouts of America.

Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo(July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014).

Written by James A. Di Nola, Facebook

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