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    • For about a buck a piece, our local Scout Shop sells transparent plastic patch holders that fasten to your shirt via the button on the right hand pocket. They're available in a circle shape that fits the "standard" round patch (the size of a position of responsibility patch) and a square shape that fits the less standard square size and some of the odd-ball shaped patches. The holders aren't super tough however, so they're not suitable for all occasions. But I use them to switch out patches about once a month for our Pack meetings since I accumulated a few during my youth.  All that being said, sewn patches will take a lot more abuse. I recommend sewing with long stiches pulled snug rather than many short stiches pulled really tight. That way the patches can be sewn on quicker, should lay flat and will be easier to use you seem ripper to remove when you're ready to switch patches.  Good luck!
    • Ya know ... troops just don't need to build up that much stuff.  Usually troops have way way way more stuff then they need for a camp out.   If you are asking "budget" ... part of the budget is who pays for what. Who pays camping fees?  Are scouts paying per camp out or does troop cover from general fund part of the camping fee Who pays food?  Does a scout collect and then spend from that?  Or does a patrol member submit a receipt for food to the troop treasurer?   How is the troop funded?   I ask as it majorly affects your budget plans?  In one troop, the troop charges $20 to $25 for each camp out.  Then they tack on another $5 for materials.  Fuel.  Stove.  Etc.  The goal is the troop should come out ahead by a few days per person per camp out.  That money builds up to be how they pay for tents and other equipment.   But you can do it other ways too.  Fundraisers.  Or have scouts bring the equipment.  Or .... It really is a double sided budget.  Not just what do you need to spend, but how do you raise those funds too.
    • Sounds like the sister would be in the dog house after that recommendation!
    • I agree with sewing as the best strategy. Obviously, that means a fella can't swap out a temporary patch but once a year while taking online YPT (that might be the only spare time someone has) ... so choose your absolute favorite. Mine's been on for nearly 40 years (actually hopped from shirt to shirt once ).
    • Are you referring to temporary patches as worn on the right pocket? Well, I just sew them on when I want to wear them on my uniform. When I want to switch out the old patch for a new one, I remove the former with a small seam-ripper, then I sew the new one right on the pocket (by hand so that I can still use the pocket). The whole process takes only 10 - 20 minutes depending on size of the patch. So far, none have ever fallen off my shirt. So, my experienced recommendation is: the ol' needle n' thread. 
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