17 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Boy Scout Event Patches and Pins

Boy scouts receive a lot of patches and stuff that can go on their official scout shirts, but they receive many unofficial patches. Where do they all go?

Camping at Silver Moccasin c. 1990

I still need to have an interview with my husband to discuss his scouting activities to know learn more about the following collection of patches and pins. I'd also like to know where they were placed. My sons have red brag vests that they can wear to pack meetings to house all of their activity pins and patches. Did he have the same?

These patches were all photographed with artificial light using my DIY Lightbox.


Boy Scout Memorabilia
BSA Lifeguard patch
f/5, exp 1/3, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering

Looking at the orientation of the photo, I could be a little miffed that I didn't catch the angle earlier. However, I do like how the off center arrangement makes you stop to read it. This patch was awarded to boys aged 15 or older who passed a BSA Life Guard certification course. My husband passed it and served as a camp counselor in his youth (or at least that's what I remember him saying... another question for our interview). This patch would have been placed on the front side of his swim trunks.

Aside from this specific patch, my husband mentioned that he doesn't have specific memories for the following events. I'll share the names of the patches and pins. Perhaps someone will stumble across this website and can provide some memories of their own.

I share the lack of memories to make a point. We need to record today's events because they become tomorrow's history. What a great treasure we would have if the stories of these events were recorded so many years ago. Alas, we have the items. I can demonstrate that he was active in scouts. That's what we'll do.

Photographing Boy Scout Patches
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patches
f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Alpine Rendezvious Eagle Peaks District, 1990

Great Salt Lake Council International Jamboral Patch 1988

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
f/4, exp 1/4, bias +0.7, ISO 80
Center Weighted Average Metering

Great Salt Lake Council International Jamboral Pin 1988

Photographing Boy Scout Patches
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patches
f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Eagle Peaks District Klondike 1991

Cache Valley Council Fall Camporee 1989

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Coup Trail J LT , Great Salt Lake Council 1991

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/4, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Great Salt Lake Council Scout-O-Rama 1991, Improving Our World With Scouting

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/4, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Utah Heritage Jamboral, Great Salt Lake Council, 1896 - 1990

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
Silver Moccasin, Great Salt Lake Council, JLT 1989

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weighted Average Metering
75 520 EL - KU - TA Lodge Patch in the Great Salt Lake Council (Order of the Arrow Ordeals)

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
f/4, exp 1/6, bias +0.7, ISO 80
Center Weighted Average Metering
(Cropped)
75 520 EL - KU - TA Lodge Pin in the Great Salt Lake Council


Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/6, bias +0.7, ISO 80
Center Weighted Average Metering
US Mormon Battalion Trail Patch 1846 - 1848

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
f/5, exp 1/4, bias +0.7, ISO 80
Center Weighted Average Metering
Camp Evergreen, Great Salt Lake Council, 1991

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
f/4, exp 1/5, bias +0.7, ISO 80
Center Weighted Average Metering
(Cropped)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 75 Yeas of Scouting Pin (1913-1988).


In reviewing all of these pins and patches, I have made a connection. Many of the patches have dates on them. With dates, you can create a timeline. Timelines are some of genealogists' best friends. When I work on organizing my husbands memories and photos in chronological order, I will be able to place these patches and pins in their context as well. Perhaps when the pins, photos, and certificates are in order, more memories will follow.

In the comments below, feel free to share links to your efforts to document the hobbies and interests of your family members. I welcome tips on how to improve my own photography as well. With spring finally upon us, the urge to do spring cleaning might send you into your attics, garages and closets. As you go there, make a plan and the photograph the stuff of your and your family's life (both the living and the deceased).

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