As part of the planning for this trip, we decided to
create some things to help commemorate the event and give us an added
sense of identity.
First on that list was a common t-shirt. Josiah A.
lead this creative effort. The saying on the back reads "Rund
ist die Welt, darum Brüder laßt uns reisen". It's a German
saying, which translates to "The world is round. Therefore, brothers,
let us travel". It seemed appropriate for this trip, and we made
sure all the boys not only knew what it meant, but also how to pronounce
it. We bought these online through
Class B, and they actually count as
uniforms for the troop.
B. lead the charge to come up with a design for patches that can be worn
on our uniforms. After a few variations, we settled on the image
below. The phrase "Andere Länder, andere Sitten" is another German
saying, and it translates to "Other countries, other customs". See
if you can find the mistake on the patch.
course, there IS the fantastic and amazing DVD of the whole event.
Herr Bauer took this idea and ran with it. Very impressive.
This is discussed in a little more detail on it's
finally, we have the commemorative coins. The genesis of the idea
was that we wanted to have something that we could use to thank the
military and civilian friends we'd make while in Germany. After
all, we were staying at a military base, right? The idea caught
on, and we used it as an added incentive for our Kickstarter campaign.
John Koslosky took lead on coming up with a design.
The Indian and moon motif on the back were designs originally used on
Troop 14's neckerchiefs many years prior, and
Smokey Elmer was the Troop
Master many years ago. His philosophy and leadership echo through
the troop still, and this was a way to help honor that tradition.
Only 200 of these coins were minted, with the son of Smokey Elmer
getting #1 and John Koslosky himself taking #200. Everybody who
went on the trip received one, and we used them to thank key people
along the way, such as Flo, our first bus driver on the trip.