Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scout Patrol Flag

The Patrol Name:  Seven Hills Seven Thrills

The Design:


The Boy brought me his patrol's flag design and said he needed it completed in 2 weeks. HUH?

I had never seen a Patrol Flag. I didn't know if there were basic guidelines to follow when making one. The only instructions The Boy got was "It needs to be on fabric."

So we needed to take the design and translate it to fabric. And we needed to do it in 2 weeks. And here we were with no money budgeted for this.

How do you make a scout patrol flag inexpensively? With luck and a whole lotta scraps. The Boy went through my stash of fabric and felt and chose the ones he wanted for the flag. As luck would have it, I happened to have a piece of off-white fabric just large enough for the background.

The design HAD to be simplified. Mr. LH pointed out the icons used during the recent winter games in Russia. They were very simple but recognizable enough that you knew the event by the icon.

The check marks are there just to let us know we had incorporated that element into the final design.

We used newspaper to cut out pattern templates for everything to make sure it was sized right before cutting out the fabric. Since I would be doing the sewing, I had The Boy doing the cutting. The flag was also oriented to hang like a Roman Legion flag - up and down.


Everything had to be cut out and placed for the final positioning before they were sewn down. The letters were simply stenciled on in pencil and then colored in with a permanent marker. The Boy didn't leave any room to hem the flag's edges so I squeezed in a border of black fabric.


So let's go through these "thrills" one at a time, shall we?


This one is outdoor cooking. They had a weekend of cooking breakfast in the church parking lot but also at every campout there is some cooking going on. The Boy likes cooking, almost as much as he likes food.


This hill represents the Klondike the scouts participated in recently. Apparently, the week before they went, the camp was nothing but mud. By the time they got there, at least a foot of snow covered the ground so the winter games could move forward. It even got down to -1 below zero so all the scouts there received their Polar Bear Club patch. The "snowflakes" were drawn in with a fine tip grey sharpie.


This hill obviously has a couple scouts hiking. There is a lot of hiking going on in scouting. The stick figures are just drawn on the fabric with a permanent marker while the packs and hats are appliqued. Keep it simple.


Canoeing.  The Boy hasn't been canoeing with this troop yet, or boating or fishing, but scout camp is coming up this summer. There is always the possibility.


This is supposed to be a ham radio. The Boy's patrol got together one Saturday morning to cook pancakes in the outdoors and try to contact other people on the ham radio. He really enjoyed that!


Camping. What would scouting be without camping? In fact, I think this is The Boy's favorite part about scouting. His troop tries to go camping every month. Since The Boy joined this troop in September, he has been camping more in the snow than in nice weather, and he has loved every bit of it.


Technically, there are only 6 obvious "thrills" incorporated into this design. I asked about the seventh and The Boy said it was the center hill "Being in nature" which is basically a "thrill" apparent throughout the entire flag.




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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scout Klondike at Camp Tahosa

The Klondike Winter Games were being held in the mountains of Colorado northwest of Boulder at Camp Tahosa. The Boy, being in his first year of boy scouts (he started late), didn't know what the Klondike was. He just knew they were going on another winter campout.

From the DenverBoyScouts.org website:
"During the day, Patrols/Dens will participate in events, some old and some new. The events have been designed to test Scouting skills, mentally and physically. All the events will be timed unless otherwise noted. There also will be special hats for the Boy Scout Patrol, winning the "King of the Klondike" award. "
The week before, they heard the campgrounds were covered in mud. Well, the weather can change quickly in Colorado. By the time the boys got to Camp Tahosa, there was probably a foot of snow covering the ground.


The boys were to pull their gear into camp on a sled. Good thing there was snow. This wouldn't have worked so well in the mud...

I don't know what went on during the Klondike. The Boy did have a great time and came home with so many stories to tell - mainly about the snow and the cold, cooking and having the water bottles freeze.

As a bonus, the temperature dropped below zero during the night so all the campers were able to earn their Polar Bear Club patch.






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