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  1. Our troop has sold Country Meats in the past. Compared to the official popcorn fundraiser, these things practically sell themselves. The sticks themselves are only $1, so people seem to be more apt to purchase several at once. We have a very small troop, around 10 at the time we did the fundraiser, and managed to sell an entire box (154 sticks) in the time it took to find someone willing to buy one popcorn item. We managed to sell enough so that the scouts who participated in the fundraiser were able to fund their summer camp the next summer (with the addition of the council scholarship).
  2. Interestingly, in my search for something else, I did run across this Trained strip. The site says it's from the 50's, but I'm assuming it wasn't that common as this is the only reference I have ever seen to one. I've actually been using the "newer" mylar patch since I started as an ASM. I've worn it for years and nobody has commented on its shininess, or it being green. That's a good idea, thanks! We usually try to get new scouts up to near First Class level before summer camp but haven't done an organized program like our camp's own program. (Our camp, and several out-of-council camp
  3. Thanks for all the replies, they've been very informative! I think it is a pity that they discontinued the program, at least up until first-class I'd say it was a measure of skill, something I think the Scoutmaster training doesn't cover well enough. A week of training at summer camp seemed very rushed, there's no way you could master first-class in just that amount of time (it's sort of the same reason we've skipped Brownsea once or twice, we have to retrain the boys anyway). It would be nice perhaps to use the red-colored rectangular ASM emblem from the pre-1920's era to show skill level o
  4. The Girl Scouts have been selling cookies all over the place here lately. I guess I never paid attention to their prices, but after our troop started to try to sell popcorn last year $4 a box sounds great! We started selling popcorn in the fall and did horribly. I think many others can attest to this, but when a customer is eager to buy popcorn and donate to the scouts, hearing the price actually makes them physically recoil. Most end up walking away, but some would rather their $20 bill go in the donation bucket. We actually made enough donations to pay off the popcorn, now half our inventory
  5. I've got a question regarding the olive-green uniform used in the 1960's, but first a little background. I recently acquired a collection of Boy Scout stuff at an auction, with it came four uniform shirts in pretty good condition. From what I gather from the membership cards, the previous owner was an Assistant Scoutmaster for at least 1962-1963 (I looked him up, he would have been 32-33 years old at that time). Three of the shirts were adult-size, two had a camp patch, the city red and white strip, numerals, and the Assistant Scoutmaster patch of that time. The strange thing to me was that th
  6. Hello, I thought I'd make an introductory thread as it appears I can make only one post at this time. I'm not new to scouting, I joined as a Cub Scout and finished my Eagle before going to college. Now that I've finished with college, I've come back into scouting and now am the Assistant Scoutmaster for our small troop. I'd like to see our troop grow beyond our current three or four scouts, but it is not easy. I am glad I've found this resource. I am sure it will be very helpful as I'm also interested in scouting's history. Collecting old memorabilia from scouting's past is a bit of a
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