The museum has a
vast collection of uniforms, from brownies and cubs to leaders. Besides
complete uniforms this collection also includes hats and caps, t-shirts from large
activities and other accessories.
During his trial
Nederlandse Padvinders, Katholieke Verkenners (Boy Scouts and Catholic Boy Scouts)
When Scouting started in
As Scouting wasn’t organised nationally, there were
quite some differences in the uniforms.
After some time Scouting Troops were organised in
regional or even nation-wide organisations. These organisations merged
eventually into the N.P.V. (Vereeniging de Nederlandsche
Padvinders) (= Organisation of Dutch Pathfinders)
and more unity appeared in the Scouting movement. This resulted in one
uniform for all scouts. Dark brown
This uniform was used until the fifties, although
the colours of trousers and shirts became somewhat lighter throughout the
Sea-scouts wore dark blue
At the end of the fifties the long trousers were
introduced and the scouts hat was generally replaced
by the beret. Even the staff wasn’t used much anymore. Not all Scouting-groups kissed the scouts
hat goodbye. This is evidently shown by some groups still wearing the hat.
The Scout Shop even sells the hat at this moment. The green sweater of the
cubs was replaced by a green blouse, the shorts remained.
Nederlands Padvindsters Gilde / Nederlandse Gidsen (Dutch Girl
Scouts and Guides)
At the start of Girl Scouting in
The Haagse Meisjesgezellen (Girl Scouts from
national organisation was founded in 1916, the N.M.G. (Nederlandsch
Meisjes Gilde = Dutch Girl
Guild), more unity in uniforms came, just like the boys. A dark blue dress
was chosen, and a light blue scarf folded like a tie, a dark blue felt hat
and a white ribbon for a flute.
brownies got a brown dress, a yellow triangle scarf folded like a tie and a
dark brown bonnet. In 1933 the name of the N.M.G. was changed into N.P.G (Nederlands Padvindsters Gilde = Dutch Girl Scouts Guild). The Catholic girls, the
N.G.B. (Nederlandse Gidsen
Beweging = Dutch Guides Movement), which started in
1946, chose for the same uniform as the N.P.G. The brownies wore a calotte in
the same colour as the uniform instead of the bonnet.
In the end of
the fifties the uniform was modified just as that of the boys. The dress was
replaced by a dark blue skirt and a blue blouse. The hat was replaced by a
dark blue bonnet some years earlier. The scarf that was folded like a tie
became a triangle blue scarf. The Guides chose lighter blue, both for the
skirt as for the blouse. A black beret completed the uniform. The brownies
also wore the yellow scarf as a triangle scarf.
After the merge in 1973, when the four former associations formed Scouting Nederland, the uniform was changed drastically. There was chosen for a new skirt or trousers, the scarf remained, every age-group got their own colour blouse. Green for the age from 7 till 10/11 years, beige for the age from 10/11 years till 14/15 years, and brick-red for the age from 14/15 and older. The Sea-scouts got a blue and the air scouts a grey blouse. For Beavers (5 till 7 years), which started later a red sweater was chosen. Leaders wore the same colour blouses as their kids. The dolphins from 7 till 10/11 years wear the same uniform as the Sea-scouts. Wearing a hat or cap was no longer obligatory. Later wearing the official scouting trousers wasn’t obligatory anymore, only at official ceremonies. The scouts can only be recognized by the scouting-blouse and scarf.
In 2010 the scouting program
was modernised. The sections for brownies, esta’s and dolphins were cancelled
and a new set of uniforms was introduced: the “Scout-fit”.
The official uniform
now consists of dark blue zip-off pants, a blouse in the color
of the section, a scarf in the color(s) of the own
group or the national scarf and an optional dark-blue cap with the logo of
The beavers no longer
wear sweaters, but a red blouse. The cub scouts wear a green blouse, the
scouts wear a beige one, air scouts wear grey, sea scouts wear blue, and the
explorers and rover scouts wear brick-red blouses. This last color is also used by staff that is not connected to a
The staff of a
section wears the same color as the members of that
museum is always interested in "old" Dutch scouting stuff.
Are you considering removing your old stuff, please contact us.