Boy Scouts of America
University of Scouting • Miami Valley Council
OPPORTUNITY: One of the culminations of working with Cub Scouts (besides our two boys becoming Boy Scouts) was the opportunity to create and share “The Patch I Don’t Need For Doing A Good Deed.” The original design, creation, and manufacturing was coordinated by Instruction & Design Concepts with licensing approval from Boy Scouts of America.
RESULTS: The patch was presented to the Miami Valley Council during the “KICK IT IN Scouting” keynote presentation for the University of Scouting adult leader training. The purpose of this patch was to highlight on Cub Scout™ brag vests that you don’t need to get a patch for everything you do in Scouts. In fact, doing a good deed in-and-of-itself might just be the best reason to do a good deed! While we recognize the importance of acknowledging many of the things we do in Scouting® with patches and pins, our world currently seems to emphasize the symbol more than the substance. In a small way, this patch was intended to highlight this important fact, while at the same time serve as a gentle reminder to Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scout parents that when you do something to help others, the joy of serving is its own reward.
The patch originated in 2010 during the Centennial Anniversary of “Scouting in America.” It was a timely tribute, since Scouting actually came to America because years ago, on a foggy London street, a boy did a Good Turn for which he accepted no reward. A portion of all patch sales went to Cub Scout Pack 148 and the BSA® Miami Valley Council — where the patch began.