The uniform makes the organization real and visible. It represents an ideal and a standard. One of the ways to set up a standard and bring the members of an organization up to that standard is through the uniform. It should stimulate loyalty toward that standard by building morale and binding members into closer fellowship. It also appeals to those not already members to join. The uniform strengthens club spirit. The uniform should always be clean and neat. Wearing one that fits properly will go a long way to make it look sharp. The uniform should be worn with “humble pride.”
We should remember that it acts as a visual announcement of Pathfinder ministry, and should draw questions from observers concerning the meaning of each patch and symbol.
Not from the North American Division? You should see General Conference Pathfinder Uniform Specifications
NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories. This PDF is the official voted uniform guidelines and supersedes all prior guides, including those in the 2007 Pathfinder Staff Manual.
NAD Master Guide Uniform - Official information for Master Guides
Uniform Should Be Worn
It is recommended that those having uniforms wear them on the following occasions.
- At Pathfinder meetings
- At special programs (Pathfinder Day, Induction, Investiture, etc.)
- At any public gathering when any or all act as
- Guards of honor
- First-aid details
- Color guards
- On occasions as specified by Pathfinder staff
- While engaging in missionary outreach activities, such as Ingathering, distributing food baskets, gifts, literature, or church announcements, and while visiting nursing homes, shut-ins and community organizations.
Uniform Should Not be Worn
- If not a member
- For work or play
- When engaged in selling for personal profit, in selling for commercial or political purposes, or in personal solicitation
- At any time or place when its wearing discounts the organization, or casts any reflection upon the uniform, lowers its dignity and esteem, and makes it commonplace
NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories
Uniforms are ordered through AdventSource, 5120 Prescott Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68506. Call 800-328-0525 or visit or web site at www.adventsource.org. Investiture items including honor patches Investiture Achievement insignia, MG insignia and AYMT pins are ordered from the local conference Youth Ministries Department, unless they have made arrangements for local clubs to order directly from AdventSource. Check with your conference for their procedures.
NAD Class A Uniform Standards
Each division is authorized to establish uniform standards for their division based on the guidelines provide by the General Conference. Policy prohibits unauthorized changes to logos and insignia without expressed written permission. This generally does NOT include limits on translation of words or acronyms, or the modification of logos into three dimensional representations etc.
Shirt/Blouse – Stocked by AdventSource.
- Tan long sleeve or short sleeve shirt with two pleated patch pockets with flaps on the chest and shoulder epaulets.
Females Standard – Stocked by AdventSource.
- Slacks – Black, straight leg, pleated front, belt loops, no cuff.
- Skirt – Black, A-line, pleated front, belt loops, hem should be at midknee or below.
Authorized options – Not stocked by AdventSource. Must be consistent in conference or club as noted.
- Slacks5 – Black, straight leg, flat front, belt loops, no cuff.
- Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, pleated front, belt loops.
- Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, flat front, belt loops.
- Skort – Black, belt loops, hem should be at mid-knee or below.
- Culottes – Black, belt loops, hem should be at mid-knee or below.
Males Standard – Stocked by AdventSource.
- Slacks – Black, straight leg, pleated front, belt loops, no cuff
Authorized options – Not stocked by AdventSource. Must be consistent in conference or club as noted.
- Slacks – Black, straight leg, flat front, belt loops, no cuff
- Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, pleated front, belt loops
- Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, flat front, belt loops
Belts and Buckles Standard – Stocked by AdventSource.
- Black web belts with Pathfinder buckle – Stocked by AdventSource. The location of the belt buckle should be adjusted so that about one inch of the tail of the web is visible once it has been passed through the buckle.
Authorized options – Stocked by AdventSource.*
- Plain, all black leather belt with no ornamentation.*
- Conferences, clubs and individuals may wear a non-standard issue Pathfinder or Master Guide logo’d Buckle.
Neckerchief and Slide Standards – Stocked by AdventSource.
The sash is worn over the collar.
- Pathfinders and non-Master Guide staff - Yellow Pathfinder Neckerchief with black trim stitching and the Pathfinder World logo. The neckerchief is secured with the black fabric Pathfinder Slide.
- TLT’s - Yellow Pathfinder Neckerchief with red trim stitching and the Pathfinder World logo. The neckerchief is secured with the black fabric Pathfinder Slide.
- Master Guides - Yellow Master Guide Neckerchief with red trim stitching, six color Master Guide ribbon and the Master Guide logo. The neckerchief is secured with the blue fabric Master Guide Slide.
Authorized Options – Not stocked by AdventSource.
- Individuals may secure their neckerchief with a non-standard issue or legacy Pathfinder or Master Guide slide.
Female Staff Standard – Stocked by AdventSource.
Authorized options – Not stocked by AdventSource. Consistent by club.
Male Staff Standard – Stocked by AdventSource.
Authorized Options – Consistent by club. Not stocked by AdventSource.
- Pathfinders are not encourage to wear neckties. If a club elects to wear them, they should match the standards outlined for staff.
- All black dress shoes or boots with fully closed toe and heels. Heels of no more than 2 inches. If the shoes have laces, the laces must also be all black. (It is noted that style variations should be allowed by a director if financial hardship plays a significant role.)
- All black socks, stockings or knee highs. No designs or patterns.
The sash is the personal club history of the Pathfinder. It is worn over the right shoulder, under the neckerchief and preferably under the epaulet.
- Black fabric, may be wide enough for up to 3 honors and as long as the fingertips on the left hand when standing at attention.
- Only one sash is to be worn as part of the uniform.
- Items to be worn on the sash include optional name plate, honors, camporee and fair patches, Pathfinder pins, Adventurer level pins (but not Adventurer Awards).
Optional, style determined by club and consistent within the club.
Options – Stocked by AdventSource.
- Pathfinder baseball cap — Worn with the bill squarely over the front of the face.
- Black beret – The slope of the beret slants down to the right and should be on an angle such that a continuation of the arm and hand would be in line with the slant while rendering a proper salute. The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is straight across the forehead and level, 1 inch above the eyebrows. The emblem, known as the “flash,” is positioned level over the left eye and the excess beret material is draped over to the right ear. The adjusting ribbon should be secured with a knot and tucked inside the edge binding at the back of the beret once proper size is obtained.
- Pathfinder Triangle flashes are also available from AdventSource.
There is no official uniform jacket for staff. Master Guides who are working with Pathfinders may choose to wear a black uniform jacket with their Class A Pathfinder Uniform or to go without. They may also choose to wear traditional green uniform jacket with green slacks or skirt. They may also forgo the green jacket. All standard Pathfinder Insignia should be in place on the jacket. The Master Guide Neckerchief and Slide is worn in place of the standard Pathfinder Neckerchief and Slide.
- Color Guards or other distinctive groups might choose to use BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform) or some other (kilt, sarong, etc.) style as approved by the appropriate leadership.
- PBE policy states that at Union and Division level PBE events, adherence to the team’s home conference Class A uniform policy satisfies the PBE uniform requirement.
- Drill events often have their own set of uniform rules. Check with the event officials to make sure you are in compliance.
- NAD authorizes the recognized local conference Pathfinder leadership organization to determine which authorized style of pants, skirt, etc., is approved for use in their conference. Conferences also have the right to delegate this authority to their local clubs, allowing each club to set its own policy based on their needs. It should be noted that often females are given the personal choice of slacks or skirts based on their own personal belief as to what is appropriate wear, especially in a church sanctuary.
- Slacks have internal pockets, so this precludes jeans, cargo pants, BDU’s, athletic pants, and sweatpants. In addition, modesty precludes leggings, yoga pants, and other tight fitting clothing that society might label as slacks.
Class B, Class C ...
NAD only defines a Class A Uniform. Many conferences establish other levels of uniform dress. Check with your local conference and inquire about their additional uniform classes. These may include the following or variations of the following:
Modified Class A Standard Class A, minus the sash. This allows for less constriction during activities.
Class B Class A Uniform shirt, with the neckerchief and slide, but worn with jeans or other nonuniform pants, shorts etc.
Class C or Field Uniform A conference or club specified T-shirt worn with jeans or other non-uniform pants, shorts etc.
Guidelines for Patch Placement on Pathfinder Uniform - There are a lot of variations based on Insignia placement. See PDF
NAD Insignia - This topic is very detailed and specific with a lot of details - See PDF
Conference authorized insignia etc.
Conferences may issue Drill Awards, Drum Corp Awards, or any number of other insignia. In general, Conferences are authorized to make additions to the current list of insignia, but not to alter NAD approved insignia or standard placement.
NAD Pathfinder Uniform History - Link