Official Troop Standard
$280.00 – $850.00
The Troop Standard is the official way a Navigator or Adventurer Trailman displays his Trail Badges, as well as the pinnacle award in Trail Life USA, the Freedom Award.
Many Troops create their own walking sticks, but the Troop Standard is harvested for Trail Life USA and sure to last for generations without cracking or attracting bugs.
This Troop Standard is made of dark-stained and clear-lacquered chestnut – farmed, processed, and imported from forests in Europe – then provided by an American vendor. It is available for the boy who earns the Able Trailman Rank or the Journey Award.
Sold in sets of 6, 12 and 24.
I don't believe we should be soaking the kids or their parents with such outrageously over-priced merchandise. I am not against having something like this but lets stay focused here and realize that part of what we teach kids is some thriftiness with how to wisely spend money too. Do you really think as an individual or troop that spending $280 for six walking sticks is a good use of funds? I'm sure it is possible to get one, six, or more of these for way cheaper from another source. Having been in the Boy Scouts myself in the seventies and from a poor family, certainly, there is another way to get some nice walking sticks for a fraction of these posted prices! Or, if not, better yet, how about putting something in the trail life handbook about instructions for the troops on how to make their own walking sticks or "standards?" It would mean a lot more to the kids having made them with their own two hands.
The standard is a solid way to display the badges that our Trailmen earn. Previously the standards came with a paper instruction on badge placement (this time there was only one for all 6).