Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Insignia for 11 yr old?
Insignia for 11 yr old?
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 21:15:40 EDT
Excuse me, but did somebody say they knew a kid who went for a few weeks
because his mommy didn't sew on his Scout badge?
Let's poke at the assumptions behind this attitude. First, of course, it
might be daddy and not mommy who's better at sewing. Lord knows that since he
retired and I took fulltime work my sweet husband has sewn on all my insignia
as well as his own. He's a lot neater than I am, too <G>.
Furthermore, every single museum worth its salt re: Americana has an exhibit
of samplers done by children, CHILDREN, far younger than age 11. I see
absolutely no reason why a boy with normal eyesight and dexterity (and not
super-normal dexterity, either) who shows at a meeting without a badge in
place cannot be given a needle and thread and shown how to use it.
My kid has always sewn all his own badges and patches. And did not die. And
now if he loses a button or tears out a pocket, he knows how to take care of
it himself. I made him a small sewing kit in a little tupperware box to take
to camp when he was on staff last summer--- a few dressmaker's pins in a
small pincushion, some metal bobbins with half a dozen common colors of
thread, a paper of needles, some small folding scissors, a tape measure, and
a little seam-ripper. Whole thing cost me about $10, tops. Still has it, and
Any kid who can find his way around Transformers (remember Transformers?) and
Nintendo can manage to learn how to use a needle and thread. Will he make
knots (unintentionally) for awhile? Yup. Betcha his mommy or daddy did too,
when they learned how from grandma (probably NOT grandpa). Let's give him a
I just hate the somebody-else-hasta-do-it stuff <G>. <<off soapbox>>
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety
I useta be an Eagle...
'The staff is old and feeble, and we can sing no more,
So we're getting out of Gilwell while we can!'