How to recognize Unit Anniversary Dates for 25 or 50+ years
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:52:56 -0600
At 11:12 PM 2/11/98 EST, Moses94@aol.com wrote:
>I would like to know if there are any preprinted certificates for Packs and
>Troops that are celebrating Anniversaries of 25 and 50 years. Are there any
>that I can download onto my computer? I would appreciate any help that you
>can give me in my quest for these certificates.
At this time the only recognitions I am aware of for units are the 50th
anniversary notices in Scouting Magazine. "Be Prepared" they will run the
announcement but they have very early deadlines, something like nine months
before the anniversary date.
As far as individual certificates are concerned, I have not seen anything
like that come out of BSA supply division. Your council can get special
stickers to place on your charter certificate (ask your Unit Commissioner
to check on it if your council is not doing it now). Also there is a small
patch for 25 & 50 years continuous charter to place above your troop number
on your uniform. BSA Custom Services division can also create patches for
other different years as well. Many troops on their own accord will order
special commemorative patches or ribbons. Now that 50 and even 75 year
anniversaries are becoming even more common place you stand a good chance
of collecting several excellent programs and unit anniversary plans off the
internet and from units in your council.
Some anniversary ideas include:
* Proclamations from City Council, County Commission, Governor & State
* Reunion campout or meeting of former Troop Members
* A written Troop History, Some troops even print scrapbooks or even videos
much in the same manner that some High School Reunions do.
* Producing a special commemorative patch
* Massive PR in local town paper to gather old troop members
* A Day of research for the Troop Historian at the Council Service Center
to go over old troop rosters, advancement records, etc.
* An increasing number of communities have placed all of their local papers
on scannable microfilm where you can do rapid keyword searches. By
conducting this search looking for Troop 12 for example you might be able
to uncover lots of long forgotten articles and news clips. Your council
might also have old council newsletters going back decades for you to
* Preparing a nice program, some listing all troop members, definitely
listing all Eagle Scouts of the Troop & all former Scoutmasters
I hope this helps.
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