Re: Uniform Jackpot Goldmine!
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 09:08:36 CST
On Fri, 14 Apr 1995 04:13:08 -0400 Ed Henderson said:
>Most already had some patches
>on the uniforms they got and a few (I am told) are the kind that O.A. Patch
>Collectors go nuts over.
When I obtain used uniforms, I always make it a practice to remove old patches
such as badges of rank, temporary insignia, OA flaps, etc. I save the old
patches and give them out from time to time as special recognition items, with
the understanding that they are to be added to a collection, not sewn on the
I recently converted a troop from very mediocre uniforming to FULL
uniforms by conducting a brief inspection and awarding a patch to the most
properly uniformed. The first visit, the scout with his shirt tucked in and
no improper patches was the recipient. A week later when I returned (as
announced) many of the scouts were also wearing scout shorts. It was a
little tougher making a choice. I skipped the third week - but the SM
reported most everyone in good uniform. The fourth week I was back, several
scouts were back to shirts only. But many looked good. The fifth week,
there were a lot of excellent uniforms so I gave out a half a dozen patches.
All the misplaced patches were in the proper places. I skipped the sixth
and seventh weeks but the eighth week I stopped by again. A couple of the
older scouts had slipped but the younger ones all looked great. That night
I gave away a prize OA flap, highly coveted by the older scouts--but they
weren't in uniform! I drop by from time to time and still see a pretty high
standard of uniforming. When I see the older scouts on meeting day, they
frequently ask if I plan to visit that night. I never know for sure!!!
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