Picture of Handmade Boy Scout Troop Flag - Leather & Wood
flag - orig leather.jpg
As you have seen in my other articles, my family is involved in our community.  We spend a great deal of our time supporting the school band programs and also the scouting programs.  A few weeks back, as we were preparing to send the youth to Boy Scout summer camp, we realized that they needed a troop flag.  These flags are carried by their troops to and from the daily flag ceremonies, meals and various competitive events.  As the troop earns awards, ribbons, and medals, they are hung from a couple of leather strips hanging from the bottom. Over time they essentially build-up a history that they carry with them and can talk about around a campfire with new scouts!

I designed this flag according to the design details my son suggested.  He was recently elected Senior Patrol Leader and was asked to design a troop flag. After considering the details on his own, he came over to me for help and we ended up with this design... We wanted to find a way to burn the design onto the leather with a laser cutter/engraving system but there isn't one around here so we did the next best thing.

What we used:
  • A piece of old woodshop leather provided by a youth leader
  • Athletic Jersey Vinyl Iron-on Film (black, red, blue & white)
  • iron set to high-heat, with NO steam
  • ruler (for alignment)
  • Glue and epoxy for strengthening the edges of the leather and sealing the walking stick decals
  • Parachute cord for lashing the leather to a wooden frame
  • a piece of 2x4 lumber ripped in half lengthwise via table saw (and built into square flag frame)
  • a second piece of 2x4 lumber (sculpted into a walking stick & flag staff)
  • random orbital sander for sanding and applying indentations to wooden frame
  • leather laces and remnants from craft store for lashing corners of frame, awards strings & flag handle
  • eyelets and hole punch for securing the threading holes for paracord lashing
  • feathers, beads and copper wire for decorations
  • craft knife

That is awesome, I too am a scout leader and this is something I've been toying with doing for the pack and troop. Great idea!
M.Hawse (author)  judgement2632 years ago
Thank you!
This came out great! Good work!
M.Hawse (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
Thank you very much!