Re: Patrol Flag Ideas
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 13:25:39 -0500
On Thu, 23 Apr 1998 12:23:49 -0400 Wayne Hill said:
>I want to get a device to hang on there flags that identifies
>the Service and Program patrols for the month like they do in Woodbadge.
Why don't you ask the scouts what THEY would like to do?
Years ago, one of my SMs made patrol flags for the patrols and then gave
us three months to come up with our own. His flags were retired when we
had our own but I heard that a couple were again in use last summer. The
troop size had dropped and several of the patrol flags had gotten misplaced
because there wasn't a patrol using them. So, the old flags were brought
out (same patrol name was used) and the scouts had three months to
replace them with their own.
As for awards, we used 8-12 inch pieces of narrow (1/4-1/2 inch) ribbon
in many different colors--whatever might be available at the bargain
counter. With a small grommet in the end, they were strung on key rings
(many to a ring). The key ring was attached to a screw eye on the top of
our patrol flags. Over a period of several years, patrols ended up with
great balls of ribbons for such things as best attendance each week, best
uniforming each week, having 50% or more of patrol at activity, winning
a game competition. Every scout who advanced got a ribbon to attach to the
patrol flag (these were marked with scout's name using a Tri-Chem pen).
If your patrol did the skill demo, you got a ribbon. If a new scout joined
your patrol, you got a ribbon. If everyone's dues were paid at end of
month, you got a ribbon. If campout weather was very cold, you got a
ribbon, etc. Ribbons awarded by district/council were much larger but were
also tied to the rings.
I've seen units do similar things with strings of beads, adding a bead
for different things, rather than a ribbon.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City