10 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Boy Scout Awards

If you are fortunate to have a saver in your family, you might have a large memorabilia collection. If a family member was active in a particular organization, you will have a large collection of items to photograph to help tell the story of their involvement.

Photos and Artifacts in Family History
My husband after earning his Eagle Scout
You could do a Google search for the items in a Boy Scout earned or wore. However, if you have the objects in your possession and can photograph them, you'll provide a greater sense of reality in your photos. (You'll possibly avoid copy right laws as well.)

For the large objects in this collection, I used natural lighting. My set up used a seamless backdrop setting. For the small objects, I used artificial lighting filtered through a DIY light box.

Council Shoulder Patch
Actually, this patch is not an actual award. It was placed on the Boy Scout uniform to identify the Council in which the boy was a scout. This post is mostly about the awards my husband earned while he was a scout in the Great Salt Lake Council.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Merit Badge Sash
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Center Weighted Average Metering
This Boy Scout Merit Badge Sash shows the the merit badges a particular scout earns. I could Google a sash and place it on the page detailing my husband's scout involvement. However, I would not be able to show which badges he earned. And that's the point. When we're sharing our family history, we want, when possible, to show what our family members did.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Attendance Pin & Bars
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Center Weighted Average Metering, Macro Focus
(Needs level adjustment)

My husband has quite the collection of awards. This one shows that he was an active member of his troop for two years. Each unit would be different. Some say you have to have perfect attendance. Some suggest that you need to have regular attendance.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Attendance Pin... another second style
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Center Weighted Average Metering, Macro Focus
(Needs level adjustment)
And a lot of groups won't award attendance awards any more.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Patrol Leader
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Center Weighted Average Metering

Here's another patch that my husband wore with his uniform. It demonstrates his leadership abilities which he had continued to develop throughout his life.


Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Order of the Arrow
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Center Weighted Average Metering
This Order of the Arrow sash shows that my husband as a) elected to the Order and b) passed his Ordeal. Thanks to Wikipedia, I have some basic information about his Ordeal and I'll be able to ask him to recall specifics about the program (well, what he can since a vow of silence was taken). Thankfully, I have his sash and I know which rank he achieved. The introductory level.

Family History in Photographs
Order of the Arrow Shoulder
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Center Weighted Average Metering, Macro Focus
Cropped
Those in the Order the arrow were given these items to place on their uniform's right shirt pocket.


Family History in Photographs
Additional Awards
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Spot Metering, Macro Focus
By participating in Scouting throughout his youth, my husband was able to earn several additional awards: Eagle, Faith in God, and On My Honor. The first award, he earned when he before he was 15. The other two are religious related awards earned by completing requirements put forth by our church.


Family History in Photographs
Eagle Palm
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Since my husband earned his Eagle Scout Award fairly early in his Scouting career and earned at least 32 merit badges, he was awarded Eagle Palm awards. The Eagle Scout award requires 21 Merit badges. For every four additional merit badges earned after that, a scout was awarded Eagle Palms.

Family History in Photographs
Eagle Bolo Tie
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Center Weighted Average Metering
Another award for my hubby's Eagle Award was this bolo tie.

Family History in Photographs
Rank Pins
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Center Weighted Average Metering

If a scout earns his eagle, it's a given that they advanced through all the ranks to receive the award. In the process, they collected a lot of hardware. These small metal rank advancement pins were gathered and placed on this ribbon. It's a great way to show a boy's progress in a small space.



As you can see, there are a lot of awards that a young man can earn in the Boy Scouting program. And, the places where I don't have a lot of information about, is where I will soon be interviewing my husband to gather more information to tell his story to our children.

Whether you have a heritage collection or your boy is currently in scouts, be sure to photograph the stuff earn. Use the photos to go along with a photo of them all dressed up in their gear. And then record the memories of their experience in scouting.

Take time to record the hobbies of your family members. Knowing the 'facts' is awesome. Knowing their hobbies, tells us a little more about how they are (or who their mother was).


In case you're wondering, Mother-in-law earned her eagle, but they gave the badge to my husband (and his three brothers).

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