First of Many: Internet Scouter "OA Lodge Flap"
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Jun 1994 10:36:01 EDT
Blackeagle Services, an information management service located in
Greenwood-Bowling Green, Kentucky USA, is proud to finally announce
some information of interest to Scouters worldwide. This is the first
of a series of messages which will be cross-posted to the predominate
lists related to Scouting: Scouts-l, APO-l and the Internet USENET
list called rec.scouting. The messages will be brief, contain
revelant information, and will always have the Internet address so
that more information can be obtained.
Scouters worldwide have been looking for something which would
recognize their "membership" in the "electronic global community"
of Scouting. Over the past four years, there has been several
attempts at creating clubs, groups and newsletters which would be
sent to those members. As far as we know, all of those attempts have
been stalled due to time constraints or due to the inabilities to
understand the nature of Scouting in places outside of the United
While we in the USA love patches and insignia, those outside of the
Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA do not place a
value on a cloth patch and would rather have something which could be
worn or attached during special times. There also has been several
designs floating around the Internet as to what should comprise the
actual design of such a item.
This morning, Mike L. Walton, a longtime BSA international Scouter
and Jessica A. Ryan, a local Cub Scouting leader, reviewed the first
of what will be several items which would be available for Scouters
worldwide. All of these items will not carry the official Boy Scout
or Girl Scout logos, and therefore will NOT be "official Scouting
insignia"; however, collectors and others whom wish to wear these
items could wear them upon local approval.
The first of such items which Blackeagle Services will develop is a
special Internet Lodge patch to commemorate this summer's National
Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), which will take place in July
of this year. The design, shaped like the traditional Order of the
Arrow "lodge flap", has special designs which identify the Scouter
as an "internet Scouter". Since the flap is NOT an official BSA item,
the Order of the Arrow letters "WWW" does NOT appear on the flap nor
does a BSA emblem of any kind or the lettering "BSA". This flap is
ONLY available for trading, and BSA Scouters are personally
responsible for any consequences connected with wearing the flap
during BSA activities. Please note, however, that both the Boy Scouts
of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA allow "temporary patches"
which can be from outside sources, as part of their official
uniforming. The flap will be created by a recognized American firm
which have been providing patches and insignia items to this firm and
others over the past 40 years and which have produced extremely
beautiful patches and insignia.
One significant feature of these offerings is that Blackeagle Services
will send a quarter-percent (25%) of all proceeds to the World
Friendship Fund. This fund, administered by the World Association of
Scouting Movements, provides financial sources for emerging nation's
Scouting programs, provides materials and books to those struggling
Scouting movements, and gives opportunities for those nations which
cannot afford to do so, to send Scouters to receive training or other
support. We feel that this represents a way in which Americans and
others from around the world can assist themselves AND Scouts and
Scouters from other nations at the same time.
There will be NO PUBLIC OFFERINGS of ANY KIND directly through the
Internet. These messages will be sent to all three lists twice a
month in order to hold down bandwith and in order to provide Scouters
which have recently subscribed an opportunity to participate in these
offers. Subsequent messages will only announce and describe the
item(s) and give the Internet address in which to send inquiries or
advance orders. Orders will be limited to 20 PER INTERNET ADDRESS in
order to hold down "insignia wholesalers". The basic design will be
trademark-protected in the United States, but other than that, there
will be *many* "knockoffs" as this idea catches on.
If you feel that you or someone you know would be interested in what
Blackeagle Services could offer, please send your e-mail and s-mail
("slow mail", regular postal) address to the below address. Please
allow 72 hours for confirmation of your e-mail message, since the
account is also used for personal mail and the "bin" in which
inquiries are filed will be emptied once a day.
Blackeagle Services is a information management/consulting firm
located in Kentucky. It's owners are strong Scouters whom believe in
two basic philosophies: that "Information is Power" and that "we have
no fancy slogans.....just GREAT work." We have been working on this
project in various forms since last fall, and we are extremely proud
to offer these items to you and those whom you know.
You may reach us at WALTOML@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City