Embroidered Patch Pocket Flap Identifes BSA Order of the Arrow Members

If Boy Scouts, past and present are avid patch collectors, then the most avid Scouts are the most fanatical patch collecting enthusiasts.  Members of the Order of the Arrow (OA) http://www.oa-bsa.org/, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have their own unique patches that are specific to their membership, creating a vibrant collecting market.

The BSA Order of the Arrow pocket flap embroidered patch identifies the OA lodge affiliation of the wearer.

Founded in 1915 (BSA was founded in 1910), the Order of the Arrow uses American Indian traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives. Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or brothers, are organized into local youth-led lodges for fellowship and the rendering of service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Former Scouts and current adult leaders are also part of the OA.

Lodge affiliation is indicated by the wearing of an OA pocket flap, a distinctive embroidered patch sewn on the right flap of the uniform shirt pocket. http://www.oaimages.com/  Each Order of the Arrow lodge flap has a unique design, generally reflecting the name, geography or history of the lodge. Many OA lodges had previously made different flaps for members of each level of membership (Arrowmen, Brotherhood and Vigil) to wear, but this practice was abolished in 2007, making these now rare patches even more attractive to OA collectors.  Special issues of flap-shaped patches are often created to commemorate lodge anniversaries and other events, and any thing of a limited production run becomes more valuable to collectors.

A subset of OA flaps are first flaps, the very first pocket flap patch issued by a lodge.  Scouting membership peaked with the Baby Boom youth population surge in the 1960s and 1970s, and as the number of Boy Scouts declines, so does the number of local councils and OA lodges.  Small units are absorbed into large units, reducing the overall number of OA pocket flap patches available to collectors.   So there was great excitement in the OA patch collecting world as the first truly new OA lodge, Puvunga, was formed in May 2012 by the Long Beach Area Council in California. Puvunga is the first lodge to be formed in a council without a merger since 1970.

More information on the International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA), is available at www.scouttrader.org.

Learn more about embroidered patches at www.C-Emblem.com or call 312-664-4232.

Get In The Game With Embroidered Patches

Embroidered patches are synonymous with sports uniforms.  From Major League baseball to Little League; Pop Warner football on to college bowl games and America’s most-watched sporting event, the Super Bowl, athlete uniforms are frequently decorated with colorful embroidered patches.

Patches on sports uniforms identify a player’s team, commemorate a championship or remember a special event or even a fallen teammate.  Following the death of popular broadcaster Harry Caray, the Chicago Cubs baseball team wore this distinctive patch on their sleeves.

Members of the Chicago Cubs baseball team wore this commemorative patch following the death of popular broadcaster Harry Caray.


Fans like collecting sports patches as it makes them feel like they are part of the team.  Odd or rare patches can also be valuable on the collectors market.  Championship games like the Super Bowl, World Series and numerous college football bowl games commission exclusive patch designs that are worn on the uniforms of the participating teams.  Collectors value these limited edition embroidered patches as they often increase in value as time passes.  The Super Bowl IX patch created by the Chicago Embroidery Company in 1975 now sells for ten to twenty dollars each on eBay.

Embroidered team logos patches are an integral part of uniforms in professional and college.  Patches are frequently sewn on the sleeves and chest of the uniform shirt or jersey.  Even the player last names displayed on back across the shoulders are made from embroidered letters.

Each year, Red Sox nation fans buy millions of dollars worth of hats, jerseys and other items emblazoned with the famous Boston logo.

Popular teams like the New York Yankees (with the traditional distinctive script lettering ), the Boston Red Sox pair of socks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish “put up your dukes” leprechaun, sell millions of dollars of merchandise every year with these classic embroidered patch designs prominently featured.

Teams that change logos can reap financial benefits with dramatic increases in merchandise sales.  Before they moved into a new stadium (now called U.S. Cellular Field) in 1991, the Chicago White Sox returned to the classic embroidered Sox emblem.  Instead of languishing at the bottom of major league merchandise sales as they had for many previous seasons, the White Sox shot up among the leaders in Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise.  And what’s old is new again, with MLB successfully selling merchandise with logos from old, defunct teams like the Montreal Expos and Seattle Pilots; classic Cooperstown jerseys from the ’27 Yankees and 1930s “Gashouse Gang” St. Louis Cardinals and memorabilia from such old Negro League teams as the Kansas City Monarchs, Homestead Grays and Baltimore Elite Giants.

Authentic historic patches from the Negro Baseball Leagues are valuable to embroidered patch collectors.


For more information on embroidered patches visit The Chicago Embroidery Company at www.C-Emblem.com or call 312-664-4232.