What to do with all those Patches?
Some Ideas from Pack 241
We have three great ideas for you!
In scouts you will receive a lot of "extra" patches that are not part of the normal uniform.
A cub scout can wear one "temporary insignia patch" on his right pocket. This can be from Council or District Camp outs, or other patches such as those earned by selling Popcorn via Trails End or Scout night patches etc. He will earn lots of these type patches along his Cub Scout trail. So what do you do with all those patches?
Most scouts will buy a red vest sold at the scout shop to place extra patches on. This is a great idea, however eventually your cub scout will out grow this vest. The other thought is a patch blanket. As your scout grows he will be doing a lot of camping. What better way for him to remember all that he has accomplished than to sleep under a blanket full of scout memories. Another idea is to start a scrapbook to place not only all the patches in, but ticket stubs, brochures and also pictures of all his adventures. See details below for ideas.
Official Red Scout Vest aka Brag Vest
All other patches are to be sewn onto a red patch vest or blanket. This includes all Camporee, Day Camp, sporting events, derbies, pack outing, hiking, council sponsored event patches. The Varsity “C” letter can also be placed on the vest – academic and sports pins can be placed or pinned. Medals from derbies can also be pinned to the vest.
If you want to see a scout vest, just ask Cubmaster Paul to show you his. That's right Cubmaster Paul still has his. The Red Scout Vest runs just under $10 (patches not included).
Same as a vest, only this serves and added purpose when your scout goes to resident camp or becomes a boy scout and starts camping on his own. He will have the warmth of a blanket and the memories of scouting's past. You can purchase a BSA scout blank from your local or online scout store or you can create your own. The BSA Red Patch Blanket runs just under $21 (patches not included).
Your local or online scout store sells various varieties of scout scrapbooks and papers to get you started. Another alternative is to purchase a 3 ring binder. We suggest a clear view binder so you can personalize the front and spine of the scrapbook. The possibilities are endless with this idea. You can make yours as unique as you want. Add patches, pictures, ticket stubs from sporting events venues. Just be sure to get a binder big enough to hold all those patches! No two scrapbooks will be the same. The Cub Scout Scrapbook pictured runs just under $30 and specialty papers run .49 cents.