By Utah National Parks Council
May 31, 2013

Patch trading builds friendships

Imagine 50,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from all over the country, all gathered together for one big celebration of Scouting. Held once every four years, the national jamboree is a chance to camp out with friends, meet new friends, try high-adventure activities, learn new skills, and enjoy the outdoors. Over 10 days, there are exhibits, stadium shows with entertainment, opportunities to work on merit badges — there’s something for everybody.

The 2013 jamboree will take place July 15 – July 24, 2013. The Utah National Parks Council has 500 Scouts attending.

A big part of the jamboree is the patch sets each Council designs and the kids bring with them to trade.

“These sets are collector’s items,” says Ron Nyman of the Utah National Parks Council. “We encourage jamboree Scouters to purchase two sets so they can keep one complete set for themselves to frame.”

The design of the Utah National Parks Council set are bold and colorful, the images leaping off the page. The center focus – dinosaurs. What kid does not love dinosaurs? You can imagine that these patches will be very popular at the jamboree.


2013 jamboree patch set piece


Dinosaurs are central focus of patches


The bright colors catch the eyes


Patch trading started as a friendship gift. A Scout would take a patch to jamboree and trade it with a patch from another Scout from around the world. Trading continues to be a great way for Scouters to introduce themselves and make new friends. And among 50,000 attendees it will not be hard to make multiple exchanges.

The Utah National Parks Council added the 100th Anniversary patch to this year’s set as a thank you to volunteers.


Celebrating 100 years LDS-BSA relationship


What is great though is that you do not have to attend the national jamboree to acquire a set. Any Scouter, adult or collector can purchase a set from the Utah National Parks Council from Council Services or Julie Atkinsen at (801) 437-4408. But you had better hurry because the sets are going fast and only @ 100 are available.

The Council purchased 1,200 sets and no more will be printed.  So if you are one of the lucky few to obtain this collector’s piece you will have a true treasure to remind you about the celebration of Scouting.

This set is particularly unique as Scouting celebrates 100 years. And at the Utah National Parks Council, whose major partner is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the image of the partnership is reflected in the patch.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially partnered with Scouting on May 21, 1913 to help instill a Duty to God, character and citizenship in young men.

President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Scouting brings out the best in each of us. You’ve learned much from Scouting. Live what you’ve learned and will continue to learn. Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, of honor, of duty, that all of you can soar together on eagles’ wings. You are part of a mighty army of youth, even a royal army, and every organization, to be successful, has an honored tradition to uphold. May you uphold Scouting’s tradition, for it can be as a lighthouse beacon in the world of stormy seas, it can be a motivation to prepare for your role in life, it can be a yardstick against which you measure your accomplishments.”

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council


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