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Post by MrsC on 3rd October 2011, 5:20 pm

Bit of a strange questions, but is there anyone out there (in the UK) involved in Guides / Scouts that can recommend somewhere to buy a blanket that would work as a camp blanket to sew Guide badges on to?

I've recently discovered all my old guide badges and want to put them on a blanket ready for when LMC is older. I don't want to spend too much but figured that many guide/scout leaders have blankets and wondered if there's one place that they buy them all from.

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Post by Jaded Green on 3rd October 2011, 6:23 pm

I'll check with the Junior Jadeds, but I think they are using IKEA fleecy blankets - cheap and cheerful
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Post by MrsC on 3rd October 2011, 6:41 pm

Super - hadn't thought of Ikea. Thank you.

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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd October 2011, 7:39 pm

I've consulted Mrs C-H and she used the scouting association website. Having been to a few of these cub camps, rather large camp fires are often involved, and so it is quite important that you get one made of natural fibres, not synthetic which are too flammable Shocked We could not find a wholly natural fibre blanket elsewhere.

I hope you don't mind me mentioning it, but either time has flown or you might just be getting a little ahead of yourself Question
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Post by RuthG on 3rd October 2011, 10:09 pm

Chilli-head wrote:I've consulted Mrs C-H and she used the scouting association website. Having been to a few of these cub camps, rather large camp fires are often involved, and so it is quite important that you get one made of natural fibres, not synthetic which are too flammable Shocked We could not find a wholly natural fibre blanket elsewhere.

I hope you don't mind me mentioning it, but either time has flown or you might just be getting a little ahead of yourself Question

I got the impression that MrsC wasnt going to go camping with it - just sew her old badges to it?
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Post by Dandelion on 3rd October 2011, 10:36 pm

My brother used to have his badges sown to a sleeping bag. He had it for years and years - it used to be opened out and used as a sort of blanket.

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd October 2011, 10:38 pm

Forgot to say - my nephew had an impressive collection of badges he was sowing onto a fleece blanket last time I saw him. I was a bit less impressed when I discovered that you can now buy old badges at International scout events, Cheating if you ask me.....

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Post by MrsC on 4th October 2011, 10:44 am

I won't be taking the blanket camping, but LMC may in years to come. Have to admit I hadn't thought about the fire issue - woops.

It seems lots of old badges are also available on eBay too. That's cheating if you ask me!

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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Post by Jaded Green on 4th October 2011, 7:35 pm

I don't think anyone thinks about the fire issue when making blankets - but the person looking after the camp fire will keep it safe.
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Post by MrsC on 4th October 2011, 10:16 pm

Having looked at the official Guide/Scout website I ended up ordering one from there. I figured that 1) I'd rather my money went to them than just to a large company and 2) their p&p rates were very reasonable too, so that cancelled out travelling all the way to Ikea or similar.

Very impressed to say that I got an email saying my order had been dispatched only 33 minutes after ordering online!

Thanks for all your help.
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Post by Jaded Green on 4th October 2011, 10:32 pm

33 minutes!!! That's Guides for you.

LMJ just got back from Guide meeting. It seems to have gone well.
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 5th October 2011, 7:36 am

Army surplus blankets are inexpensive an very hard wearing.

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Post by bronze on 5th October 2011, 9:17 am

Wouldn't LMC using a blanket with your badges on be a bit simialar to having bought badges at a camp or on ebay?
Or is this the family guide blanket and she'll sew hers onto a different area and then pass it on to her child

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Post by MrsC on 5th October 2011, 3:13 pm

I was hoping that if I put my badges at one end of it, possibly with Mr C's scout badges, then she could put hers at the other end and make it a bit of family history. Looking online today's badges look very different from the ones from my day!

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Post by Lakshmi on 5th October 2011, 3:44 pm

It's so much nicer to be able to tell the story of how one got the badge!

for example, i got a "cook" badge, even though at the time I didn't even know how to cook rice! Well.. they may have forecasted my passion for food! Rolling Eyes
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 5th October 2011, 4:18 pm

Lakshmi wrote:

for example, i got a "cook" badge,

I misread that at first...

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 10th October 2011, 2:26 pm

One year, my scout leaders hand made for me an Advanced Hammock Sleeping badge. I was quite chuffed to have it!! Although thoroughly knackered at the effort Razz

Oh, BTW, in the US, scouts routinely get a Patch Vest for the overflow of patches that mayn't fit on the uniform, or are from a previous year outing, etc. They're great fun. I've still got one from I was perhaps 9 years!! Nice to get out and show the kids. And, buying patches? Bah, you're supposed to TRADE patches at jamboree!! More fun than matchbox cars!
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Post by MrsC on 12th October 2011, 10:57 pm

Right - have a blanket for Scout/Guide Shop place - it smells awful!!! Wondering about washing it or sending it back...

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th October 2011, 9:22 am

Leave it hanging outside for a bit and hope the smell blows away ?

What flavour of awful does it smell BTW ? Sheep, damp, fire retardant ... ?
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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 13th October 2011, 1:59 pm

Is it deyed or still natural fibre?
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Post by Dandelion on 13th October 2011, 8:35 pm

Is it damp?
Is this twenty questions?

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Post by MrsC on 16th October 2011, 7:02 pm

It smells musty and a day on the line outside doesn't seem to have helped. No idea what it's made of as no label on it at all either. Strange...

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Post by Jaded Green on 16th October 2011, 7:31 pm

I'd send it back! Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion on 16th October 2011, 7:48 pm

Could you ring the shop and see if they've had similar complaints?

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Post by MrsC on 16th October 2011, 8:32 pm

If I can find the invoice I think it will go back. Bought from the online Guide/Scout shop...

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