*** In light of current national BSA decisions, I thought I would take a moment and share my feelings on the decision the national executive committee will possibly be making this Wednesday regarding the future of scouting. I LOVE scouting, and I LOVE the boys. I loved growing up with a scout leader as a father and that my brothers were avid scouters, to the point that I wished I could be a scout too. (Too bad I didn't know about Venturing then!!!) I love that my husband has served as a scout leader, that my boys are working towards their Eagle scout rank, and that my daughters want to be Venture scouts. For a great post by a friend about a girl's perspective on boy scouts, read this.
As a deeply involved volunteer (I have two unit positions, two district positions, and two council positions), it hurts that BSA is thinking about making a decision that will have a huge impact on the future of scouting. I can't see how scouting will ever be the same, with the same strong values and ideals that are currently inherent in scouting. From the Great Salt Lake Council office,“We would ask all of our Scouts, Scouters, and parents to join us in prayer for our national leaders as they wrestle with this sensitive issue. Scouting is for youth first and foremost. We hope Scouting will keep its focus on providing quality programs and instilling values in young people.”
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program that you all came here for. ****
Any scouters out there know that sewing on patches isn't always thrilling, but hey, we want to look snazzy, right? So it must be done. There is always the patch glue, but that looks terrible if you ever have to take patches off.
I had to add some patches on to my sons' shirts, and got to try out some patch tips I'd been given. They are so fabulous, I have to share.
TIP 1: When sewing unit number patches, sew them together first, and THEN sew them to the shirt.
This saves you from sewing 3 separate small patches. Bigger patches are way easier, plus then you don't have to keep trying to get them all lined up. This could work for the knot patches as well.
TIP 2: TAPE!
I noticed some tape sticking to a patch on one of the roundtable staff's shirt a couple months ago and asked her about it. She said she uses tape instead of pins when she's trying to put on smaller patches. I tried this out when I had to sew a couple arrow points on Sammy's shirt. First I taped over the whole arrow point and sewed right over the tape. This was fine, but the tape kept breaking apart while I was trying to peel it off. Then I tried keeping part of the patch untaped, sewed that part, and then peeled off the tape to finish. I liked that much better.
Both were excellent helps that made the whole patch sewing experience a lot happier with less unpicking. Try them out sometime!
** I've noticed I've had a lot of traffic from this. If you try them out, let me know what you think! Since writing this I tried the tape on merit badges as well and it also worked beatifully, much better than trying to pin them on.