Re: Ribbons for/from Troop Flags
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Fri, 28 Jun 1996 09:45:35 -0500
I'm re-sending this posting because the original came back to me for some
reason or another...
Sorry if this is a "double posting", but I didn't see it hit our list! Thanks!
Michael A. Golrick has a "problem" that many Troops would LOVE to have:
>I have a new problem. Recently a former Scoutmaster began doing some
>cleaning and among other items brought to the "Scout Room" (i.e. storage)
>was a shoe box full of ribbons from the troop flag. We are also about to
>remove a number of the ribbons currently on the flag standard primarily
>because we need to replace the top piece.
>I want to find a way to display the ribbons so that the boys can have a
>better understanding of the history of the troop. The oldest ribbon I
>found, so far, is from 1963, and there are probably 75 - 100 ribbons
>altogether. Has anyone found a way to deal with this? I want to more than
>just store them, but also have the available at Courts of Honor, etc.
The Troop in which I became an Eagle in (Troop 801) had a flagpole with
a circular "topper" on it. The "topper" was made so that it would rest between
the Scout emblem top and the flagpole itself. It was made from a piece of
pine, then stained a dark brown to match the color of the flagpole.
The "topper" was a foot in diameter, and one-half inch thick.
When not on the flag pole, it was kept in the Scoutmasters' room in the
Scout Hut. The "topper" had 16 holes, drilled about 3/8th to a 1/2 inch
away from the edge. This allowed for additional "holes" to be drilled
later on within the "topper", as well as to allow for easier access to tie
and other items (tokens from former Scouts, for instance) to the flag pole.
The ribbons were arranged by year and tied to the "topper" in a circular
As the flag is displayed, the "topper" can be "spinned" (or the wind can catch
the ribbons and devices and "spin" it for you!) to make a nice display.
The design was by Kermit (Kevin) Olive, a fellow "31-W" Patrol
member from my Troop and I made it during shop class in middle school. The
Troop still has it, although the last time I was there it was not displayed
Troop's flag and I didn't think about asking about it.
You can find the design at the following webpage:
(BTW, if anyone has any old ribbons that they would want to get rid of, I can
use them as part of my personal Scouting collection here at the home!)
>On a personal note, last week was a landmark in my scouting career. I was
>"promoted" from Advancement Chairman to Committee Chairman on Tuesday and
>completed my OA Ordeal over the weekend at Camp Pomperaug (Union CT) in
>Tankiteke Lodge #313. If it weren't for the advice, knowledge and
>information I have gathered from the list, I would not have quite the same
>confidence in taking on this new role.
Congrats, Mike and thank YOU for using the resources here to do your jobs and
making Scouting better for the youth in your community!!
>Thanks in advance. If you reply to me personally, I will summarize for the
>list after ALA (American Library Association) Conference in NYC (July
Have a GREAT time!
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