Re: "Official" Troop I.D
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 22:33:50 PST
On Mon, 10 Feb 1997 18:39:43 -0500 (EST) MartyRua@aol.com writes:
>I would be interrested in knowing how you are going to do this. Please
>email me at MartyRua@aol.com.
Marty, et al,
Here are the hints I posted earlier. I am still working on a sample and
how to post it.
Memo re Troop I.D. Badge manufacture
To produce a very official looking I.D. badge, and one that is official for your contingent, you need the following:
1.Access to a laser printer; a color printer would be even better.
You can, of course use any old printer setting around, but you will not
get the quality that looks "official".
2.Access to a laminating machine. If you do not know of any business
that might let you use one, check with your local school. Most schools
will have a large machine; even the smallest will work.
3."Laminating Pouches". Check the "Tag & Loop" size made by Ibico;
they are 2 = x 4 1/4.
That is what I used for the example. You should be able to get these at any office or school supply store. Be careful in using the laminating materials, some of them require a "carrier" through the laminating machine,
and some do not. You could certainly use bulk sheets of laminate, but I
do not think the potential cost savings is significant; nor do I think
it will work as well with the clips.
4.Clips or loops. The "Tag & Loop" laminating materials have a hole
at one end for attaching them to luggage or a person. You can buy the clips to attach them to a pocket in boxes of 100.
5.Information sheet for each scout and leader with all of the
information you want to put on the tag. We mailed these out to the
parents with other paperwork.
6.Photographs of each scout and leader. The smallest size photo in school packages works very well. You will need to cut even the smallest
down for use. We plan to ask for these, but if we do not receive them,
we will take photos at the Shakedown Campout.
With a little practice, you can set up a word processor form for all
of the information you want to use. Remember that most current
professional word processors have built-in formats for certain sizes of mailing labels; one of these may work for you. You should plan on
leaving about 2 mm of space around the long sides and the clip end of
the laminating pouch. The trick to getting the information on the form
is a combination of arrangement, spacing and font size.
After making the sample shown, I have two changes that I will
definitely make. I am going to print the tag vertically, and I am going
to print the participant's name in large block letters across the bottom
of the tag.
I am guessing my cost of materials to be $.25 to $.30 per participant.
While this is not official in that it is not issued by any
government agency, I think that it will be helpful for all of our
younger scouts. The older scouts and adults who are most likely to need
a "real" official I.D. will have a driver's license. I believe that there are also safety, health and medical reasons for each participant to
carry this information with them at all times. Some discretion may be
needed, of course, with regard to certain Medical information.
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