This airbrushed Boy Scout troop trailer is a literal work of art

The coolest thing to hit the streets of central Ohio isn’t a flashy sports car or tricked-out truck.

It’s Troop 510’s new trailer.

Michael Brooks created the airbrushed design. Brooks is one of the adult volunteers with the New Concord, Ohio, troop and its associated Venturing Crew 510. The troop and crew are part of the Muskingum Valley Council.

Look closer

In the full-size photos below, you’ll see the details make the difference.

On one side of the trailer, try to spot all eight Wood Badge critters. Can you find the Beaver, Bobwhite, Eagle, Fox, Owl, Bear, Buffalo and Antelope? Beavers are disproportionately represented — three instead of one — because Troop 510’s Scoutmaster, the Scoutmaster’s son and Brooks himself all “used to be” Beavers.

And look! Up in the sky! That’s not a bird or plane but the Friendship 7, the capsule in which John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth. Glenn, a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and father of an Eagle Scout, grew up in New Concord.

The trailer’s other side features a list of Troop 510’s Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters. Each list goes back to Troop 510’s founding in 1923 — more than nine decades ago.

And what about that roof?

To prevent scratches on the roof, Brooks applied a thick coat of Raptor spray-on bed liner.

“Might be a nice tip for other units,” he says.

Full-size photos

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  1. Very pretty. Does this mean they are afraid to get it dirty by going places and doing things? 🙂
    My home Troop’s Trailer was purchased and embellished (modestly) by a graduating Eagle Scout, who used the funds he saved up in his (now not to be done) “Scout Account” . It has the “slings and arrows” of outrageous fortunes and tree branches to show it’s past 20 year goodtimes use…

  2. That’s a great-looking troop trailer! In our council, after a rash of troop trailer thefts a couple years ago, a lot of troops including my son’s own have gone the opposite route: mostly unmarked trailers stored mostly emptied of expensive equipment. Some troops here even paint the unit number on the roof in reflective paint so it won’t be noticed by thieves but can be identified later by police. It’s pretty sad really.

  3. Please, please, please– keep this awesome work under lock and key! Two area troops have had their trailers (And all the contents!) stolen in the last 6 months! One from the Scoutmasters driveway! Remove the hitch, use a “boot”,chain it to a tree, lock it in a barn– anything to keep it safe!

  4. Troop trailer theft is a nation-wide problem. After the theft of my son’s troop’s trailer, the SM asked his buddy who owns a towing service to store the trailer inside the gated area where towed cars are stored. The troop leaders have to get the towing company staff to open the motorized gate to get the trailer for an outing and to put it back afterwards. But it’s very safe in there. Another troop paid to have the names of its Eagle Scouts painted on the side of the trailer, only to have the trailer (which was stored in the corner of its charter partner’s parking lot) “tagged” by another class of artists.

    It’s very sad that the world has come to this.

  5. We make it a point to NOT store our gear in the trailer. We are blessed as a troop to have a chartered organization that gives us enough storage space to keep our gear in the building and not in the trailer. If the trailer is stolen, we are only out the trailer, not the gear.

  6. Thank y’all for the kind words. I threw 6 coats of a very hard clear over it to allow for wet sanding and buffing out any future scratches. But if it gets scratched or damaged its cool I can always touch it up. Our unit like most I’m sure is my family. I was honored that they let me do it I hope it brings pride to generations of scouts. As for the theft part I hope that is something that we never need to worry about but we all live in the sticks and are well armed….. Lol 🤠

  7. Something for the driver towing the trailer to remember – several years ago, I was driving on IH-35 and a truck towing a troop trailer blew past me exceeding the speed limit. The trailer had the troop number, sponsor, and location on it. I checked the information, found the troop’s council office, and reported the unsafe driving. Never received a reply, but I felt that there was a safety issue. The incident happened on a Sunday in July, so I guess they were in a hurry to get to summer camp.

    Our troop’s trailer is unmarked and we have a Scout Hut where the gear is stored.

  8. Chinapete65 glad you reported that. Most of the time I figure that most troops tow vehicle has scouts in it as well. I would want someone to let us know if someone was driving with our scouts or trailer in a reckless manor. That is a serious violation of trust that needs addressed. I would hope that anyone driving the youth to and from events would follow basic defensive driving rules. Safe lead distances smooth lane changes ect…. please everyone be safe out there!! An improperly loaded trailer can become extremely unstable and wobble out of control very easily. I shared a video for our scouts I found on youtube of a model car and trailer on a treadmill to give them a visual about proper loading of the trailer.

    Might actually be another very good topic for a blog Bryan.

  9. Those reporting stolen trailers — did you have trailer hitch locks? Any type of theft deterrent? I ask because our chartered org just bought us a fantastic new trailer. First thing we bought was a trailer hitch lock, but I worry if that’s enough. (It’s also behind a locked gate at the chartered org.) We keep our camping gear in our trailer and I would appreciate any feedback on what works and what doesn’t.

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