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Happy 100th Birthday, BSA!
February 8, 2010

Joseph Csatari's painting, shown above, which depicts a 1910 Scout, four current Scouts, and one boy who can't wait to join the program.Today the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of leadership, service, and adventure. We’re so proud to be a part of this movement as an Official Licensee of the Boy Scouts of America. The entire internet is lighting up today in honor of this Centennial. Here’s some things you can’t miss today: There’s also been quite a bit of national media attention for the centennial. Check these out: And, our own regional paper, The Tampa Tribune has covered it as well. If your local paper has a story about the 100th Anniversary, please add a link to it in the comments.

Make your t-shirt last longer
January 27, 2010

Most of the time when shirts and their printed decorations become worn out, people usually attribute this to the quality of the material or manufacturer. A lot of the time it is poor treatment of the garments and they are not treated correctly. This is where we come in to give you the best advice to allow your garments look its best and last the longest.

After a day is over and you change into your evening attire, most people ball there shirts up and throw them into the hamper. Doing so puts stress on the fibers of the shirt because of the wrinkles that accumulate. Over time, this makes the shirt look less and less crisp. Say goodbye to your “new shirt” look! So, when putting your shirts into the hamper, try folding them into a neat pile until the next time you wash the garments.

Since we’re on the topic, wash your clothes often! The longer you let you clothing stay in the hamper the longer natural day to day stains and smells have to set in. Try to prevent food stains from getting on your shirt (having children may make this nearly impossible). Just in case, here are a few stain remedies:

•Dish soap and warm water are generic stain removers. With little soap and warm water gently use a toothbrush to remove stains.

•For darker stains like tea, coffee, or blueberry juice, immediately run boiling water over the stain until it is gone. Allowing these stains to set will be very difficult to remove. Please be careful with using boiling water!

•With other fruit or dirt stains, sprinkle salt on the stain and use cold water, dish soap, and a toothbrush to gently remove the stain. If this doesn’t work try adding a bit of vinegar into the water.

•Store bought stain removers are probably your best bet for removing stains. Great products like OxiClean, Tide Stain Brush, and Tide to Go work great for most stains.

Most people immediately take their clothing from the washer and toss it into the dryer. But, we must advise you to stay away from dryers as much as possible. Dryers wear clothing out and fades color in fabrics. Excessive drying will cause cracks and fading in decorative prints. Try hanging your garments outside in dry air and natural sunlight.

Clothing dryers use a large amount of electricity resulting in higher electric bills and contributing to global warming. If you have no other choice but to use a dryer set the temperature to a warm setting and clean out the filter before each use. If the temperature of your dryer is set to high your garments will come out wrinkled and fade quickly.

After drying, hang clothing up immediately. Shirts will last longer and look the best when hung up and not folded. Eventually the folded wrinkles will show more the longer they sit in the drawer. If you have to use a dresser, smooth out the folded wrinkles and iron them out before wearing the garment.  Avoid using the iron directly on printed decorated areas (try ironing your shirt inside out!).

Taking care of clothing and properly washing them will allow your shirts to last the longest and look the best. We want your shirts to be memorable and last as long as possible. If you have any tried and true methods we haven’t included, feel free to let everyone know with a comment below.

Top Family Reunion Phrases
January 27, 2010

Every year we get family reunion orders that are great! Some families have a big cook out at a park, go on a cruse, go to theme parks or just hang out in someoneʼs back yard. Whatever the family does is great, as long as they are together! Here are some top favorite phrases that the t-shirts designs say…

Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts.

I am not the only fruit cake in the ___ Family.

A family that debates together, stays together

A family that prays together, stays together.

Keep the tradition going year after year.

Find out where you got your good looks.

Divided by distance, United by roots.

Creating dysfunction for decades.

Yes we did! The ___ Family.

Crusinʼ with the ___ Family.

I survived the ___ Reunion.

Family Sweet Family..

United in Love.

Family First.

This list will never end, we always get a new idea every month. Thanks for the phrases everyone!

Scouting Celebrations Across the Nation
January 25, 2010

Basic RGBThe BSA centennial is just around the corner. While there are many celebrations at the national BSA level, such as the National Jamboree and National Hall of Leadership, there are plenty of other galas and events being planned separately.

Since the centennial falls on a Monday, many are holding their celebrations the following weekend. The River Trails District in Missouri is holding a “Boy Scouts of America Scout Expo” on Saturday, February 13. The event, which is free, will be held at the Saint Robert Community Center and is open to the public. Activities include a Dutch oven cooking contest, Scouting trivia, and Scouting displays. This event promises to be a lot of fun!

This celebration is a little closer to home. Troop 370 of  Homosassa, Florida will hold their celebration on Monday, February 8, 2010, the same day of the centennial. Their celebration includes an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Christopher Bebow and the unveiling of their memorial plaque. Cake, always a plus, will be available with the special privilege of cutting belonging to the oldest and youngest scouts of the troop.

Some Scouts are cooking to celebrate the centennial. Boy Scout Troop 16 of Parker, Colorado are dedicating their annual Pancake Supper to BSA’s 100th birthday. Pancake Supper is a humble misnomer; Troop 16 dishes out all-you-can-eat pancakes with hash browns, sausage, and a variety of drinks. There’s even a fruit or syrup topping option! As an added benefit, every ticket purchased donates a dollar to the Eagle Scouts.

On January 9, 2010, Cape Fear Council held a council wide day of service. Cape Fear Council of Wilmington, North Carolina encouraged every Scout unit in their area to do community service on that day. Executive Doug Clevinger hopes for several thousand man-hours of service. Units who participated on that day will be recognized at their Council Recognition Banquet in late February. Cape Fear Council also plans to allow Scouts who have their Totin’ Chip cards to assist in the carving of a centennial totem pole!

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In a unique collaboration with Boy Scouts of America, Dale Coyne of Dale Coyne Racing is promoting Scouting with a new BSA IndyCar. The car, number 19, will race in the IndyCar Series 2010 scheduled races (that’s 17 in total!). The BSA No. 19 car will help to promote science, technology, and math and commemorate the centennial.

Another unique celebration was located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Partnered with Fender’s Farm, the Sequoyah Council of Johnson, TN kicked off their year long celebration of the centennial with a 7-acre corn maze. The maze is about two miles of trails with 85 points to decide “Left? or right?” The maze was opened early for Scouts exclusively and then to the public in September of 2009. The maze features a replica of the BSA’s eagle emblem at its center.

There are many other celebrations that are taking place all over the country, the world even! Boy Scouts of America has been here for five generations. Many Scout alumni comment how they believe their lives would be completely different if not for Scouting. This upcoming centennial is worthy of note; what better way than to celebrate? What is your pack/crew/etc doing to celebrate BSA’s 100th Anniversary?

“Boy Scouts of America: Today” National Photo Contest
January 15, 2010

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There is a national photo contest going on in celebration of the upcoming Boy Scouts of America centennial. But this isn’t just your normal national photo contest. Winners of this photo contest will actually have their entries printed in a new book to be published in October 2010.

The book, called Boy Scouts of America: Today, is to be published by DK Publishing, Inc. DK Publishing has published many BSA books including Boy Scouts of America’s Be Prepared First Aid and the Complete Wilderness Training Manual. Their newest book will visually depict the 12 points of the Scout Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Winners will receive a copy of Boy Scouts of America: Today and a $50 gift card for official Scouting merchandise to be purchased through Scoutstuff.org or any participating Scout shop.

The Boy Scouts of America: Today photo contest began on January 12, 2010; all entries must be received by March 21, 2010. Entries must depict any or all of the 12 points of Scout law, and be representative of Scouting activities. The Scouting events pictures must have been taken within one year of the entry date. Click here to learn more about the contest and to submit your photos!

Replanting Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation
January 14, 2010

The Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation is a Boy Scout camp located just outside of Lake Wales, Florida. It serves as the largest camping and training facility owned and operated by Gulf Ridge Council. The camp’s 1,200 acres are used by Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Troops, the Order of the Arrow, and many other organizations to facilitate their activities and programs. But in 2004, three hurricanes reduced the once lush camp grounds to a miserable shell of what it once was.

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In 2004, Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, and Hurricane Jeanne all passed over Flaming Arrow causing massive vegetation loss and damage to all of the structures there. Flooding became a major issue with some areas of the camp flooded for over a month. Flooding issues persisted and destroyed much of the original landscape.

Flaming Arrow staff and volunteers spent months  clearing fallen trees from the paths, campsites, and program areas. Almost all of the trees and plants that existed in the flood waters died.

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Click to read Gulf Ridge Council's letter of support!









The camp closed after the hurricanes, straining the camp’s already tight budget. Without the Summer Camp and other programs active in Flaming Arrow, there were no incoming funds to help offset the damage caused by the hurricanes.

Flaming Arrow has since recovered; the flooding has passed, buildings have been rebuilt, and many trees have been planted in order to repopulate the area. But the camp still remains in a dire state. The skyline is still ragged in areas once thick with pine trees.  This is precisely why ClassB joined with the Arbor Day Foundation.

For every tree purchased for the BSA Centennial Forest in Flathead National Forest, ClassB will match the contribution and plant a tree in the Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation. We want nothing more than to see the rebirth of both of the storm-damaged sites. It’s our goal to plant at least 100 trees at each location, bringing Flathead back to life, and restoring the Scouts campsite to it’s original state of beauty.

Supporting the Troops, ClassB style
January 12, 2010

Bob Williams a.k.a. 'Uncle Bob'

Bob Williams a.k.a. 'Uncle Bob'

ClassB was at it again! On Saturday, January 9, 2010, we volunteered to help Bob Williams pack and prepare care packages to send to troops stationed overseas.

The early birds arrived at Bob’s warehouse and listened to stories in his office. He told us of his experience as a sailor, how he started these successful efforts, and the luxuries of being in America.

It was an eye-opener to ponder on what my day-to-day life would be like without access to hot water or toiletries. It made me realize that my everyday conveniences were luxuries the troops yearned for while overseas. Bob, who I view as a noble man with these everyday acts of selflessness, makes a world of difference in these troops lives.

When everyone from ClassB arrived, Bob gave us the grand tour of his entire warehouse (which is a lot bigger than it appears). Bob receives donations from everywhere. He has coffee, flossers, toothbrushes, pens, paper, cookies, DVDs, candy, cigars, and even Wii consoles!
Some donated food items

Some donated snacks

See the Wii?

See the Wii?

Cigar Humidors

Cigar Humidors

Bob's warehouse is huge!

On the tour









Bob also told us that he doesn’t just send things that are donated. He makes an honest effort to get troops items they specifically ask for or what he feels they need. He has sent spotlights, flashlights, knives, and even red dot scopes. It seemed weird to me at first, but then I realized that these items were practical.

Bob told us the gifts have more of an impact than any of us know. He related a story about how a Beanie Baby saved Marines from certain death. They were trying to pass over a bridge, but there was a little girl playing in the middle with a Beanie Baby. They got out to talk to her and get her out of the way, only to realize that she was playing near a land mine. She saved their lives.

Another story Bob told us was more on the humorous side. Bob has a lot of cigar humidors in his warehouse. He sends them to the troops to give as gifts to leaders. Bob received a letter asking him to be careful about sending them; apparently, an Iraqi leader was so impressed with this gift, that he tried to give his daughter away in return. Again, the things Bob sends have more of an impact that any of us know, including Bob.

Gregg, leader of the bagger people

Gregg, leader of the bagger people

The cart we used to tote care bags

The cart we used to tote care bags

Sisco making boxes for the care bags

Sisco making boxes for the care bags

The finished boxes, ready to be shipped

The finished boxes, ready to be shipped










After the tour, we began to make the care packages. We divided ourselves up into three groups: baggers, runners, and boxers.

Baggers, using the assembly line method, filled 1-gallon Ziploc bags with candy, tooth brushes, thank you cards, and other various items on the table. Runners went back and forth between the tables taking empty boxes to be recycled and replacing the box with either the same item, or a similar one from storage on the second floor. Boxers took the cart full of finished bags and boxed them. We fit about 25 bags into each box.

Two other groups came in to help out, which made everything a lot quicker. All-in-all, I would have to say that ClassB successfully filled 50+ boxes. That’s at least 1,250 bags, and at least 1,250 troops lives we made a difference in.
Thank you Uncle Bob!

One of many 'thank you' notes Bob has. Thank you Uncle Bob!

Stickers brightened up the boxes and said various patriotic statements

Stickers livened up the boxes with patriotic statements

Look how fast Eddie is moving to get things done!

Look how fast Eddie is moving to get things done!

We made sure these bags were packed

We made sure these bags were packed with love!











We want to thank Bob Williams for including ClassB in his efforts. While he will never turn down a helping hand for donations to the troops, what Bob really needs is help with postage. Donate to his cause here. Thank you for supporting the troops!

The Paper Trail: Todays Paper is Tomorrows Insulation
January 11, 2010

Sarah making boxes for employee work stations. Notice the recycled paper boxes!

Sarah making boxes for employee work stations. Notice the recycled paper boxes!


Going green can sometimes be easier than you think. We have taken small steps that have made a  huge impact, not only within our company, but also in our community.
Almost every item used within ClassB is reused, reduced or recycled. One of those items is paper. Every piece is recycled and where it takes its final resting place is very interesting.
The coolest part about the paper recycling is that the school we donate it to makes money because of it! Makes money? Yes, MONEY! The process goes down like this:
  • We save up all the paper that would normally be thrown in the garbage. This includes magazines, catalogs and phone books.
  • Once we have a good amount, we take it to West Zephyrhills Elementary School where its placed in Green Fiber’s dumpster on their campus.
  • Green Fiber then picks up the paper at no charge and gives credit to the school for it.
  • Green Fiber takes all the paper to one of their processing plants and processes it into insulation for homes and businesses.
Everyone at ClassB is so excited about this new way we are recycling paper. Everyone is doing their part to help. All employees have a recycle box at their work station. This new process will allow us to never have to place another piece of paper in the garbage again.

WHAT IS GREEN FIBER?

Green Fiber Is a company that takes waste paper and recycles it into insulation for homes & businesses across the country. Considering the U.S. being one of the largest paper consumers in the world, it’s comforting to that know in the end it will not be in a landfill.

One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill, and saves 4,000 kW of energy. That is a lot of space and energy saved.
The insulation that Green Fiber produces from the recycled paper is environmentally friendly, safe, and energy efficient. Get more information from Green Fiber’s website at www.greenfiber.com.
Written by Charlotte Suter

ClassB 2010 Tree Planting Service Project
January 7, 2010

ClassB Tree Planting 2010 Header Join ClassB® and Scouts all over the country as we plant a living legacy of Scouting’s commitment to the conservation of natural resources! Starting January 1st, 2010, make a $10 contribution to plant a tree in the BSA Centennial Forest in Flathead National Forest and ClassB® will match your contribution to plant a tree at storm-damaged Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Florida.

It’s our goal to plant 100 trees at each site to commemorate BSA’s 100th Anniversary!

Flathead National Forest Flathead National Forest When the 2007 Brush Creek and Skyland Fires added to existing damage from 2003 wildfires, a total of more than 322,000 acres was burned, destroying seed sources and critically harming wildlife habitat. In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, the Arbor Day Foundation is helping plant 345,000 Douglas fir, western white pine, western larch, lodgepole pine, and Engelmann spruce to help restore wildlife habitat and protect the area watershed by lessening soil erosion and mass wasting — the downward movement of soil and rock — on steep mountainous terrain. Learn more about the Flathead National Forest replanting Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation The camp, located five miles east of Lake Wales, is within a mile of the point at which the tracks of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne intersected in 2004. The camp’s skyline is splintered and ragged, bare in areas once thick with stands of pines and oaks. Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation is Gulf Ridge Council’s largest camping and training facility. Activity areas at the 900-acre facility include a climbing and rappelling tower, a rifle and shotgun range and three lakes with canoeing, kayaking and scuba programs. Learn more about the Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation storm damage

Please help replant both of these important sites!

Your $10 contribution, matched by ClassB®, will plant one tree at Flathead National Forest and a second tree at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation. It’s our goal to plant at least 100 trees at EACH location for a total of 200 trees. Contributions can be made in your name, the name of your unit, or anonymously and will be recognized on the ClassB.com website.

Click here to contribute Arbor Day Foundation Logo

You can also donate $20 directly to the Arbor Day Foundation and they will plant one tree at Flathead National Forest and ship you a second tree that you can plant locally.

The Life of a Custom T-shirt Order
December 23, 2009

So, you just placed an order for 200 custom designed t-shirts. What happens now?
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Missy, our friendly CSR

Josie hard at work as well

Josie, hard at work



Well, your order starts at Customer Service. One of the Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) take your order and first determine whether or not you have ordered with us before.

If you have, the CSR will check to see if your previous artwork matches the new order you sent in. CSRs always check previous artwork for reorders.

If you have never ordered with us before, the CSR puts your information into the system, a step they call “setting up the rep.” They fill out all the information required for a work order that you have provided: colors for the artwork, the design, your name, address to ship the final product to, etc.

The work order is then printed. Three items come from CSR: an art ticket, a copy of the work order, and a packaging list. The art ticket goes to the art department. The copy of the work order and the packaging list goes directly to the production department. You receive an email with a copy of the work order as well!
Cory, one of our artists

Cory, one of our artists

Sisco, another artist

Sisco, another artist



In the art department, the artists check your work order over. They look for initial spelling errors, phone numbers, emails, and names. The artists will decide the urgency of an order by its received date. A work order received before yours is at a higher priority. Any order received after yours is at a lower priority.



The artists open our internal database to get all the information to start setting up your design. They proof the artwork, making sure designs match up and flow well together. Once the proofing is done, you receive another email which states your art is up on the web. Then, you proof what the artist has done to make sure its what you want your design to look like.

Essentially, you and the artist work together to come to a conclusion about your t-shirt order. Some designs just aren’t printable. Once you approve the artwork the artist takes the art ticket and sends it to the film department.

While this is happening in the art department, production has received the work order and packaging list. They take the work order and process it into the system. They order the blank shirts needed for printing well in advance for production.


Receiving

Eveie in Receiving

Terry, our Production Manager

Terry, our Production Manager


The receiving department, well, receives everything. From t-shirts to mail, they get it all. They go through the orders and make sure everything ordered is actually in the box received. The shirts are separated into boxes by work order number and labeled accordingly. The boxes are then brought back to production.

While the production manager is waiting on the shirts to come in, the film department is hard at work putting the final touches on your artwork. They check the spelling, sizing of the design and “bugs,” the ink colors, and make sure the design is centered. Bugs are the trademark symbols we put on the shirts. Film then sends their final product to the Production Manager for verification. Once it has been verified, they print the film sheet.

The film is cut down to size and measured out. The design on the film has to be able to fit the smallest garment in the order. Once the film is checked and finished, it is sent to production for printing.
Sara cutting film

Sara cutting film



The Production manager makes sure the artwork has been approved, the shirts have arrived, and you have paid for your order.

Once production has the film and blank shirts, they are ready for printing. The production manager schedules a print date for your order. Our production department uses a technique called screen printing to fill your order. Check out our blog entry about screen printing to learn all about it!

Once your order has been printed, the shirts are inspected, tagged, re-boxed, and sent to shipping.

The shipping department checks the boxes and the work order. If you’ve added shirts to the order, this is when we run your credit card for the balance due on those shirts.

The shipping department calculates how long it should take your order to reach you. We strive for all of our orders to arrive on the delivery commitment date. If your order is being shipped to your work, your order will arrive only on business days. If it is going to your home, it will arrive on all mailing days except Monday. There are several methods used to ship orders: FedEx ground, FedEx express, FedEx Next Day, and regular mail (which we further break up into first class or priority).
Ed in shipping

Eddie in Shipping



Shipping then takes your work order and verifies all the shipping information they have in their system to the ticket. Everything has to match, or there could be a problem with your order. If everything matches, shipping prints your shipping label and invoice. You receive an email with the tracking number for your order. A few days later, check your doorstep, you have a package!