Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Insignia for 11 yr old?
Re: Insignia for 11 yr old?
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:39:57 -0500
On 04/11/99, Dave Loomis <dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM> writes:
> We had a scouter who's left arm was off just above the
>elbow take Woodbadge a few years ago. When the patrol insignia were
>passed out you could hear the complaining, but (I'll call him) Bob
>didn't seem a bit fazed. He shucked out of his shirt, flattened the
>sleeve onto a table, anchored the patch to the sleeve with his stump,
>stuck a needle into the table to thread it, tied a one handed knot and
>began to sew the patch to his uniform. He finished, took a few extra
>stitches to secure the loose ends and put the shirt back on. The whole
>procedure only took a few minutes, and the sewing job lasted for the
> Now what's the problems with kids with two hands sewing on
>their own patches?.
My 12-year-old son *begged* me to teach him to sew on his own patches.
I was a bit skittish, since some of his troop (including the SPL) have
done a less than adequate job with some of theirs (they're falling off,
and I don't think the scouts notice). I told him I would, but he had to
learn to do it *right*. He agreed, and now he sews on his own patches.
He's very proud of the fact that he does it himself, and I inspect to
make sure it's neat and will stay put. He also presses his own shirt
(and even starches the sleeve creases). Now, if I could just get my
10-year-old to do the same. . . :-)