Re: sewing merit badge
dexter lovrien (drlovrie@WOLF.CO.NET)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 03:49:37 -0600
>After seeing MB's held onto sashes with safety pins, the wrong rank/office
>patch on a Scout shirt for months, etc., I wonder that there has been no
>effort to create a sewing merit badge. I think it would be great! :-)
Sewing MB would be a great addition. I taught myself (with lots of help
from my wife) to sew when my oldest son got into Scouts over ten years ago.
I didn't have the $$$ for the two frame backpacks we needed for a High
Adventure trip to the Rockies. I did have two old, but good frames somone
gave me. The liberary had a great book on sewing your own outdoor gear.
And so for the price of a few yards of pack cloth, several zippers and a bag
of grommets (ok, there may have been some pierced fingers and a little
cussing mixed in too) we had two frame packs as good as any from a store.
Soon, stuffsacks, daypacks, 2-piece rainsuits (from $5 worth of Gortex
remnets), banners and daycamp flags made their way off the sewing machine.
We saved a fortune! I lost count of the patches I sewed on the uniforms for
Jamboree '89 for myself, two sons and two of their friends. If you can read
AND follow directions, you can sew. If you can sew, you can make a pack
that had just the right sized pockets in just the right places and boy is
that ever nice.
Frank, look for the 4 foot Jamboree patch that is on the sewing machine
right now, at a Jamboree rally coming soon to each district in the Twin
Dexter R. Lovrien
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