2017 Scouting for Uniforms

Pilgrim Cleaners heads effort to help Scouts in need

Wearing a uniform is an important part of the Scouting experience. Unfortunately, there are Scouts whose families have limited resources, making it difficult to purchase one. To help bridge this gap, Pilgrim Cleaners is holding the Tenth Annual Scouting for Uniforms - a community-wide collection campaign - during the month of July.

From July 1 through July 31, all 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations will accept Scout uniforms. Pilgrim Cleaners will then clean them and provide them to Northern Star Council BSA to distribute to families in need.

Since its start in 2007, more than 3,400 uniforms have been repurposed through this campaign. Last year was a huge success, thanks to the support of the community. 350 uniforms were donated and given to families in need. Help us make this year even better!

How To Donate

To find the closest Pilgrim Cleaners location, visit and stop by during regular business hours (7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday- Friday, 9-5 Saturday). Uniforms may also be dropped off at both Northern Star Council BSA Offices: 393 Marshall Avenue in Saint Paul and 5300 Glenwood Avenue, in Golden Valley. The offices are open between 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

No Uniform? You Can Still Help

For those who don’t have a uniform, but still wish to contribute, monetary contributions are encouraged. Funds will be used to secure additional uniforms in high demand programs and sizes.

Donate Online

Monetary donations can be made online here:

Donate Online

Donate By Check

Checks should be made out to “Northern Star Council BSA” and dropped at Pilgrim Cleaners or mailed to: Pilgrim Cleaners, Attn: Uniform Drive, 3217 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.

Believe Us, It's Appreciated

The need continues to be great. Research shows that thousands of Northern Star Council youth members are from families of limited resources.We are grateful to all those who contribute and are pleased to be working again with Pilgrim Cleaners, a community-minded business that started the original “Coats for Kids” program 28 years ago. Special thanks as well to Sun Newspapers, a uniform collection drive sponsor, who helps make this collection drive a success.

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