Whether you use a vehicle wrap or a few buckets of paint, decorating your unit’s equipment trailer is a great way to advertise your unit … and Scouting. We asked Scouters to share their wheeled wonders. Visit go.scoutingmagazine.org/showandtell to send us yours.
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Simple and safe
The borough of Wood-Ridge, N.J., allows Troop 181 to store its trailer in the town’s department of public works lot to keep it safe. The trailer features an American flag and Scouting logo.
“It’s not fancy, but we’re proud of it,” Scoutmaster John Marasciulo says.
Scouts of Troop 48 in Germantown, Tenn., provided input for their trailer’s design. A graphic artist took their suggestions and created this design, complete with a tagline, “Get on the Right Trail.” Words from the Scout Law make up the blue background, which also features silhouettes of Scouts doing cool activities.
“Well worth the money for her effort,” Scoutmaster Brian Issing says.
Through the ranks
At his first summer camp, Scoutmaster Trevor Kinley concocted this design for Troop 12 of Montgomery, Ill. One side shows the Scouts BSA ranks from Scout through Life, along with the chartering organization’s name and city. The back lists the troop’s Eagle Scouts with a picture of the Eagle Scout emblem.
The Scouts and adults of Troop 12 in Leominster, Mass., stripped a camper down to the frame, painted it and replaced the axle. They installed part of an old telephone utility truck to the frame so they could have built-in compartments for equipment.
“Each compartment contains a specific type of gear,” Scoutmaster Eric Mabie says. “We have one compartment just for tents; one for tools, axes, saws; another for lanterns; one for pots and pans. Each compartment has a picture of everything that’s supposed to be in it and how it’s to be organized. It makes finding things quick and easy.”
Other areas on the trailer have room for patrol boxes, tables, firewood, fishing poles, propane tanks and personal gear.
That’s a wrap
A former committee chair designed this wrap for the trailer belonging to Troop 77 of DeWitt, Mich., Scoutmaster Joel Wilkins Sr. says. The red, white and blue wrap is decorated with map contour lines, and one side highlights the troop’s website address and the tagline: “Prepared. For Life.” The other side lists the troop’s Eagle Scouts, while the back notes the troop’s sponsors, the local Lions and Lionesses clubs.
Trailer theft happens. Here are a few tips for warding off potential thieves:
- Purchase a wheel lock.
- Block the rear doors by parking the trailer against a wall or some other permanent structure.
- Don’t store any gear inside overnight. Park in a well-lit area or at the home of an adult leader.
- Ask your local police department if they’ll let you store the trailer with them.
- Paint your trailer so it’s easily identifiable.
- Get your trailer and its contents insured.
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Photos courtesy of the Scout units.