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Name That Council: Jan. 21, 2011 solution

I’m having a dilemma.

I can’t decide whether it’s good or bad when there aren’t very many correct answers for an edition of Name That Council.

On the one hand, an easier mystery patch, like the Baden-Powell Council, means more people have a chance to win.

On the other hand, a harder-to-guess patch, like that of Juniata Valley Council seen above, gives each person who enters better odds at the prize. Friday’s patch had just 38 correct responses.

Too easy, or too hard: What’s your preference?

My guess is that our winner this week, Dennis Gallagher of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, thrives on the challenge and prefers tough tests like this one. He’s rewarded with the patch seen above.

I’ll post the next challenge on Friday. I have several patches sitting in my drawer, so should I pick an easy one or a hard one? Tell me in the comments below.

17 Comments on Name That Council: Jan. 21, 2011 solution

  1. I like the tougher patches!

  2. i’m not sure how to even START trying to figure out where a blank patch is from.

    • A lot of councils use natural or man-made landmarks on their patches, so if you can hunt down what those are, you can find a location.

    • Joel, I had no clue at first, then I caught onto the “clue” in the description and did a Google Search on “BSA VALLEY COUNCIL” and got a list of council’s with “Valley” in their name.

      Next, I hit: http://councilstrip.com/ and looked at images for all those valley councils until I found the right one.

      I’m not always successful each week, but this has been interesting/fun.

      Bryan–it’s your (and Scouting Magazine’s) blog. You decide which way you’re going to go.

  3. Bring it on! I love a challenge!

  4. I like a mix of both, as I enjoy the challenge of a toughie and the excitement of seeing a council I know right away – or know someone in. Not to mention if my own council showed up one day!

    That said, I’d make up a fake one for April 1st. heh heh heh

    • Hmm, an April Fool’s patch… Good idea!

  5. I like it better when they are challenging…but without being impossible. Also, I think the “throwbacks” are a great way to mix it up.

    • Great, thanks!

      • I like the more difficult challenges. Sometimes, I’m even forced to look through my collection to find them.

        Also, the possible reward of getting an out of print patch is nice. :)

        Thanks for the great contests,

        Geoff

        • Thank you! I wish we had the budget to give away a patch to everyone who sends in the right answer, but randomly picking a winner is the best we can do!

  6. This contest is for people who are really into patches. The only ones I would recognize would be our council and perhaps a few neighboring councils. I wouldn’t be interested in doing any research to find out. I am betting that there are a handful of people that would do the research and the rest happen to know because they are nearby. Therefore, it depends on what kind of participation you are seeking. If you picked a pretty easy one — like one with a longhorn or a razorback on it a few more folks might guess and have a chance to win. Again, what kind of participation are you seeking?

  7. I vote for much harder. The ones you have been doing I have known off the top of my head, just sometimes have to look up spelling. Still fun though and I appreciate it. Can people send you patches for use in the contest?

  8. I admit that my son and I are pretty new to Scouting, so more clues are very helpful to us. We enjoy hunting for clues to try to figure out the patches — but the easier ones keep us interested since we have a chance of tracking them down.

  9. I hesitate to say how I’ve known any of the patches, but lets just say there’s a certain website I found with pictures of all the current patches. I didn’t know this one because it is apparently isn’t the currently used patch for that council.

  10. I prefer more challenging ones.

  11. I can name that Council in one note….Give us a tough one!

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