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    • 2nd grade would have been Wolf 3rd grade would have been Bear   There was no Tiger program (1st grade) back at that point. Yes, it would have been blue uniform throughout your time in the Cub Scout program. You can find the slide at a Scout Shop today, and there are plenty of the vintage ones still around for sale. Most of us went through a few of them during our time in Cubs, as they flew off fairly easy as we chased each other around.  
    • It also appears the unit number might have a 3rd digit? As it would likely have been centered under the council patch, and the 4 appears to be in the middle.
    • I was a Cub in the same era...64-66.  We were all in the same Den and uniforms were the same until we got to Webelos, then a new den with a male leader.  There was only one Cub uniform for all...same cap, same slide, same necker...it wasn't until recently that BSA decided that forcing everyone to purchase new uniform parts every year would be a good ideaI.  We worked on our ranks at home...with our parents.  The Den Mother just recorded the progress.  In the den meetings, at the Den Mother's home right after school, we mainly worked on crafts and the occasional field trip.  In the Webelos den, we started our transition to Scouts, but still no camping.  The den number was replaced with a large blue "W" on a yellow diamond patch.  There was typically only one Web den.  Your first campout was reserved for real Boy Scouts and it was an adventure looked forward to with great anticipation...or trepidation.  I love the mid-century modern furnishings...MSM is highly collectible now!  I can almost smell the stale cigarette odor!  Good times. PS:  I have seen unit numbers anywhere from 1 to 4 digits.  Depended on how your Council assigned them.  In a small town, Pack 1 and Troop 1 would not have been unusual.  I was in Pack 360.  I think the official "national" unit designation was 4 digits, as I have seen my own Troop 99 listed as "3099" on official charter and paperwork.
    • Thanks for your input. Would unit numbers have been 2 digits or 3 digits? Maybe I can find a pack list throughout the years. I lived in Oak Lawn IL and stayed at my Grandparent's house a lot near Midway Airport on the Southwest side of Chicago. UPDATE: I found a current online pack list for kids to join based on zip codes. It lists 3 locations based on my Oak Lawn zip code. Unit 3481 in Burbank (5 mins from Oak Lawn), Unit 3465 in Chicago (30 mins from Oak Lawn) and Unit 8475 in Chicago (20 mins from Oak Lawn). I was wondering if the word Chicago on my patch could be Chicago Ridge which is 5 mins from Oak Lawn. Chicago Ridge current Unit is 3665.  
    • If I were a betting man, I'd say the unit numbers are most likely 34, with 84 as a slim second possibility. That first number has two "lobes", and the top lobe is rounded. If you look at unit number patches from that era, you'll see that the '3' has just a small indent between top and bottom lobes, and the '8' goes much deeper. Your photo shows a small indent. What I can't tell from the pictures is if there's a third digit to the number (where they are relative to the community strip makes me think there could be, but I really can't tell for sure.)  Cub Scout uniforms didn't differentiate between Wolf, Bear, and Webelos in that time frame (I was a Cub in the 1970s, and that was still true then.) Webelos did have a different (plaid) neckerchief and slide when I was a Webelos, but I don't remember if that was true in the late '60s, and my copies of Mitch Reis' books on dating Scouting uniforms are on loan to a friend right now. 
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