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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