E-Patches & Crests
September 2016
Starting Another Year Together
Welcome back to the start of another school year and group activities. This summer was jam packed with exciting events such as Guiding Mosaic (affectionally nicknamed Mud-saic) and camping that I barely got time to relax and enjoy it. We are, however, currently touring Canada in our 1988 "Super Van" to visit my daughter Kara in Nova Scotia as she finishes her last year at Dalhousie. We met in New Brunswick and our first stop was Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy to see the highest tides in the world. The photo above is us at low tide walking on the sea floor, how cool is that! I'm writing this as we camp at Fundy National Park. It looks pretty funny with me sitting at a picnic table with a laptop in front of me while Garth is preparing supper. Thanks honey! We will spend another week in the Maritimes before venturing back westward to Alberta through Canada and the USA. We should be home mid September.

We want to start this month off right with our September special of 15% off all Circle Badges, so if you are looking for a way to separate your groups our circle badges are just the patches you need. There are over 50 designs to choose from and we have released four more just for September. Also this month we are releasing a handful of unique patches based on recent events.

Did you go to Mosaic expecting sunshine, only to get drenched and covered in mud? We did too, which is why we created a brand new crest to celebrate the occasion: "I Survived Mudsaic 2016." Although the event was a lot of fun, I'm hoping the next one will see less rain. We are still selling our "The Girls From Sylvan Lake 3 Piece Set" for a limited time, so if you missed us at Mosaic or you need to complete your collection you can find our lighthouse patch in our Embroidered Patch Sets.

There are also four new crests for all the enthusiasts playing the latest game: "GO Outside,"I Caught Them All!," "Watch Where You GO!," and "I Maxed Out My Data!" Please remember to be safe while you are out and about.

Happy collecting,
Lori St. Martin
E-Patches & Crests Founder

What's New
September 2016

This month we have 17 new products: Camp Hair Don't Care!, I Survived Mudsaic 2016, Cornflower, Daisy, Goldfinch, Robin, Operation Christmas Child 2016 Rocker, Yellow Fish Road, GO Outside, I Caught Them All, I Maxed Out My Data!, Watch Where You Go!, International Day of Peace 2016, Great Leader Award, Fire Owl, Long Eared Owl, and I'm A Patch Freak. Be sure to visit our What's New page to find our latest patch designs.

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Surprise! This month's E-Club package contains 15 new crests plus we are giving away something new. For the first time ever we are including a 2.5'' patch: International Day of Peace 2016.

We have surprised our subscribers with 112 new and unique crests since January and we have plenty more in the works. Join E-Club and your first shipment will include a bonus ''Welcome'' metallic emblem.

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Have you ever spied a patch that was almost perfect, but you wanted to tweak it just a bit?

Well now you can with our Adapt A Patch feature. You can select one of our in-stock individual crests or patch sets and replace the original wording with your own.

The best part is that we already have the design which saves us time so we pass on the savings to you.

The next time you need a custom patch consider Adapting A Patch.
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Custom Patches of the Month
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The custom crests above are beautifully created and colourful in their designs. It's amazing to see what our talented customers can come up with. We can help you with your custom embroidered crest. Send us your idea or sketch and we will be happy to provide a design and quote.
A Guiding Story
"This whole idea changed the way that I look at things. It changed my role as Guider to adviser, and changed the girls' role to leader. Teaching them to be great leaders. Sorry, couldn't help myself in sharing this with you. " – Marlene from Delta, B.C.
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We would like to share an amazing story from Marlene Graham who was with the 42nd Kahoutek Guides in Fraser Skies Area. This is her story:

Every time I think of your company it reminds me that you had the most perfect of all crests to give my girls. You know how we are supposed to be doing a "girl led program." Well really, that is hard to figure out. Even as Provincial and National Program Adviser it still through me for a loop. Then like a lightning bolt it hit me one night as I was trying to get to sleep (best time to think eh??). The new year of Guides was starting and I was so excited that I couldn't contain myself at our first meeting with the Guiders ...and they all LOVED my plan. What was it? Simple, have the girls teach a badge.

So I came to the meeting with three of those large, foam core boards with two months on each side, and X'd out all the days which there was no meeting. Then I had the girls go into groups that they wanted (best friends, by themselves, by patrol, etc.), decide to teach a badge, and pick a day on the calendar. This was supposed to be for the third year girls, but the first and the second years wanted to get in on it too (as you can imagine, THAT shocked me).

I made up little booklets for them with instructions: this is what you need to do if you are going to teach the badge, this is what you need to do if you want to take us someplace (like a zoo), and this is what you need to do if you want to invite someone in to teach us (like first aid). When supplies were needed, they figured out what to get and then came to us. A couple times we gave them a budget ($1 per girl) and a couple of times one of the Guiders had the supplies at home.

OMGawd it was soooo amazing and so much fun. When you have children make the bed, they learn more than if you just do it, so in essence it was a lot harder for the Guiders as we could get things done in no time, but then what would the girls learn? AND for their reward for completing their badge (all the girls got the badge that they were teaching, like first aid). I had ordered the SPECIAL LEADER crest from you. I know that you did not design them for the girls, but I can say in all honesty that it will be the crest/badge that they will remember and treasure the most.

It was cool because 1/3 of the girls picked to bring someone in, 1/3 of the girls chose to teach the badge themselves, and 1/3 of the girls took us out. Couldn't believe that it worked out that way. And since the little girls are age 8 – 10, I really, really expected that a good 50% would drop out however only one did. That was my last year in that level, but it was my favourite and your crest has so many fond memories for me. This whole idea changed the way that I look at things. It changed my role as Guider to adviser, and changed the girls' role to leader. Teaching them to be great leaders. Sorry, couldn't help myself in sharing this with you.

THANKS and BIG hugs,
Marlene from Delta, B.C.

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