Thursday, July 28, 2005

4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

SYNOPSIS:
Well, I call it homework. "Research" sounds too much like work. Patches should be fun. Whatever you call it, it pays to get some opinions from other volunteers. So, if you're a first time patch buyer, do your homework.

DETAILS:
Before you get started, it's a good idea to ask some of your more experienced sister Girl Scouts® what they think should go into the patch. Don't give them creative license. You don't want them to get the impression the patch will look like their suggested idea. Just casually ask what they think the patch should look like. They'll be able to tell you what's been done before so you don't reinvent the wheel. They'll be able to tell you what's politically correct for your group. If they've bought custom patches before, they may have good advice about where to go the get them, what companies to avoid, things to watch out for, etc. You can even ask your daughter(s). You never know where the great ideas are going to come from. And if you ask enough people, you may begin to see a commonality of opinions developing which can point you in a specific creative direction such as the "one big thing". More about that later. Whatever the results, it's worth a half hour of your time to ask the questions.