100th Anniversary Patchblanket Member Patches

 

Now that all the updates are done on the site I want to get some feedback on an idea that I have to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the BSA. Patchblanket.com has been up and running since 2006 and during that time we’ve only had one patch made for the members. If you are new to the patchblanket you might now know that the webmaster issued a Jacket Patch for the site about a year ago. Only 100 of these were created and there are still some available at $5 each in my ProStore.

 

Patchblanket.com 6″ Jacket Patch – Charter Member Issue

 

 

What I’d like to do is create an incentive program to encourage activity on the site. Since we all love pretty cloth I’m thinking its just gotta be a patch! I know that’s what motivates me. :p

 

So here is my idea. When you join patchblanket you begin as a junior member. Then as you post the software keeps track of your activity and awards you titles next to your user name. I modeled this program after the trail to eagle so that if you are really a regular user it is just a matter of time before you can climb your way to Eagle. I’d like to design a patch for each level of membership on the site. As members earn that distincition I want to have a little Court of Honor and award those patches to them in recognition for their participation. Oh did I mention the best part – I’m paying for the patches!

 

My thought is that when you achieve the next “rank” on the site you can email me and I’ll award you the patch and send it to you on behalf of the site. Since we are all traders I’ll also make available to you the option to purchase some additional ones just above cost if you want to pick up some dupes to trade. Of course your first one is completely free but if I sell a few dupes it might make it easier to afford the freebie.

 

The question I have is what type of patch do the members want to see in a 100th Anniversary Patchblanket.com issue? The old Yahoo groups did a bunch of really pretty CSPs shaped patches. Does that work? Would people rather see a flap-shaped patch since they seem to trade well? Or is there something else that you can suggest? Maybe a central patch with chevrons that represent each rank advancement? I think there are many possibilities. I’d like to hear from the members before I get a designer to draw them up and send them off to a patch company.

 

So let me hear from you! I’m not really set on using the website logo for this special issue so let your imagination run wild. If you have patches that you think are really great ideas to base ours off of then attach them to your reply post so I can use them.

 

 

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I forgot to mention I’m also going to make a patch to encourage members to start their own patch blogs using the new software on the site. Its so easy you will have no problem getting started. You can blog about your collection, your Scouting experiences, or anything relevant to Scouting and collecting. Its simple to drop in pictures and even videos if you want to get fancy!

By jason on February 3rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

some of us are working on our eagel palms and some people cough cough nudge Jeff Cook is working on their venture ranks by now lol

By redneck_patch_trader on February 3rd, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I would have to say no to a CSP shaped patch. Most of us CSP collectors consider those Yahoo group CSPs pure junk. There seems to be more tolerance in the OA community for spoof flaps, but I don’t collect them myself. If you’re thinking of some sort of special 100th Anniversary patch, be sure to include the official 100th Anniv. BSA logo, even if that means having to go through an approved supplier. There will be people who will want everything with the logo on it.

Another forum I frequent uses the vertical layout for the user id, level, join date, location, and post count. In addition to the level name, they also show a graphic bar representing the level. Here is an example.

If you had something like this for each of the levels, then you could recreate it as a patch or segment to give to each recipient. After seeing them on the forum for a while, the tag would be instantly recognizable if spotted sewn on a jacket. Anyway, just an idea.

By ISCA87L on February 5th, 2010 at 7:21 am

That’s a great idea. Thanks! Anybody else have suggestions? Jason

By jason on February 5th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This summer I used my cute little Twitter bird in a patch and it turned out pretty cute. I made it like maybe 1 1/2 inches tall or something like that. I was thinking about the suggestion to make a small patch similar to the one suggested by Dave. If I were to do something like the image he suggested – instead of the anime figure on the right I could use this little boy scout birdie and then have the nice text on the left designating the level. Ok guys now time for some feedback. Can the bird work in the design? Do you like the idea that Dave put out (ISCA87L)

By jason on February 7th, 2010 at 3:09 am

In case you were wondering here are the breakdowns for the rank advancements on Patchblanket.com.

10 posts = Tenderfoot
25 posts = 2nd Class
50 posts = 1st Class
75 posts = Star
100 posts = Life
150 posts = Eagle

So right now we are talking about six different patches.

By jason on February 7th, 2010 at 3:39 am

I can’t view the attachment. If you’re going with a bird theme, maybe the twitter bird can be used for Tenderfoot and an eagle for Eagle. Your Santee Swapper parrot could represent First Class or Life and you could design other birds for the rest. Don’t forget a special tag for admin!

By ISCA87L on February 7th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Hey Jason, i am not into little birds. You need something a little more masculine.

Also I am having trouble when I use the function to go back to the previous screen. I get hung up and have to abort Explorer then re start Explorer. It is ONLY happening with Patch Blanket and is a real nuisance.

BigJim

By BigJim on February 7th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Big Jim See you at the Oklahoma Tor Next Month! Iam Excited

By redneck_patch_trader on February 8th, 2010 at 12:57 am

How about rank knotes somethign small and people always wounder what they mean! I have a vigil Knot on mine thats a spoof people ask about it!

By redneck_patch_trader on February 8th, 2010 at 12:58 am

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