This is your Captain speaking...
Greetings Earthlings, and welcome to Nerd Scouts Head Quarters! If this is your first time here, hello. If you are a returning Scout, welcome home!
For those of you who don't know, I'm Claire, Captain of this ship and creator of Nerd Scouts. Below you will find information about what Nerd Scouts is, how the badges are made, and how you can become a member of Nerd Scouts today!
A brief history...
My entry into the nerd-o-sphere started when I was just a youngling and has been growing at an steady rate since. My predilection for being a nerd wasn't always something I was eager to declare, especially since I was not initially accepted into the club (the figurative club as well as the literal Gaming and Robotics clubs at my school). Through the years, and with the help of a number Internet and television personalities that have influenced me; I have learned to be more comfortable with myself, my hobbies and interests, and the ways they shape my life.
In 2014, after I finished my graduate degree, I was somehow over yet under qualified for every job I applied for. Maybe I should have gone into a more applicable field, like accounting or engineering, but of course I followed my heart and went to school for Art and Art Education... seriously!? what was I thinking!? After being turned down from job after job after job, I had a breakthrough... if no one will hire me to be an art teacher, why don't I just be an art...errr... artist! I know, what a great idea! It had been years since I had any significant time to dedicate to my own studio practice, and I had a lot of built of creative energy that needed to find a way out. I wanted to figure out a way that I could combine my love for nerd culture and my art practice. My immediate thought was I should find a publisher for my erotic fan fiction... but I think I would have a few too many lawsuits on my hands to make it profitable (plus I like keeping my smut to myself). My next thought was to use the artistic talents to create some sort of product that other nerds could enjoy.
So, I spent an afternoon, as I often do, thinking about what life would be like in other universes. I like to think about what aspects of my real life would be useful or complete nonsense in various other fictional lands. I thought about if scouting existed in Westeros, or Middle Earth, or a galaxy far, far away; what sorts of things would be in the handbook? What merit badges could you earn?
Badges have been used in so many ways for hundreds of years; school uniforms, scouting, political campaigns, the military, and can be found in almost any market you can think of! I have always been quite fascinated by badges; since I was a kid, I thought earning and collecting them was super cool. I got made fun of quite often for it, but I loved to wear my Girl Scout uniform to school and proudly show off all of my achievements.
That's when a creative firework went off in my head. Why couldn't I make merit, memorabilia, military, and miscellaneous badges inspired by my favorite sci-fi or fantasy stories! That is an artistic endeavor that coincides with my interests! And thus, Nerd Scouts was born!
Now wasn't that a fun and exciting journey into the mind of your fearless leader?! Keep reading for more information about the Nerd Scouts community and how to join!
So...What is Nerd Scouts?
Nerd Scouts is a company that creates hand embroidered merit badges for all of your nerdy accomplishments!
As I mentioned above, I created Nerd Scouts first as a creative outlet, but it has grown into so much more!
It would be a dream come true to watch Nerd Scouts grow into a real community. To have Nerd Scout 'troops'* across the globe, to see people proudly wearing the badges I have created, to create an environment where people can get together, play games, earn badges, and develop friendships would be so cool! As members grow so will the community; share Nerd Scouts with your friends, or family, or D&D groups, or whoever, and spread the nerd word!
*for legal reasons, I'm not really allowed to encourage literal physical troops be formed because it could cause "confusion, deception, mistake, and misrepresentation" of BSA and I don't want to be sued by them.
So how do I join?
Any person at any age can join Nerd Scouts! Nerd Scouts is less of a physical thing, and more of a state of mind (thanks to the BSA's legal team)
To join, you must proclaim that you are a nerd and proud! To stay up to date with new badges, conventions we will be at, and more; follow us on Instagram and twitter @Nerd_Scouts! Now it's your turn to start earning badges!! Hop on over to the shop page and check out the amazing merch we have to offer!
How do I earn a badge?
Easy Peasy dude! Visit our shop and find a section that strikes your fancy. There are books, movies, TV Shows, comics, pop culture, and so much more that you might be a fan of, so start off by picking one and read about the requirements to earn said badge. If you are satisfied with your accomplishments, you can purchase your badge! You may even find that you have already earned some just by being the incredible human that you are! Go ahead and start collecting merit badges, soon enough you will be able to rock them on your vest, sash, bag, or where ever you want to show them off!
*Nerd Scouts is not responsible for any injuries that may occur whilst fighting Wampas, taking a ring to Mordor, or any other activity that you may attempt*
How Are The Badges Made?
Captain Claire hand makes them! Every. Single. One. I draw and design the imagery, pick the color schemes, and hand stitch every badge. Every single badge is a one of a kind piece of wearable art that you can take home with you! All the badges are 100% customizable, so if you want a different color scheme, different lettering, or even an entirely original badge created for you, I can do that!
How do I stay up to date with new releases, sales, give aways, and other cool stuff?!
Duh! Follow us!!
Now that I have all these badges, what do I do with them?!
Pin them on your jacket, bag, backpack, lunch box, purse, scarf, vest, sash...ANYWHERE! Don't forget to take a picture and tag us so we can see how really really ridiculously good looking you are!!
I like a lot of these badges, but I'm not in LoooOoOOOOOoooooOOove !!
Never fear! I do custom orders! For nearly the same price as other badges, I will create a custom order just for you. We can work together to create a design, pick out the color pallet, and lettering! Email me on the Contact Page to set up a custom order!
If you are thinking "WOW! Nerd Scouts is the coolest thing in the history of the entire universe!" Then great news, you are correct! Nerd Scouts is, in fact, the coolest thing in the history of the entire universe. Enjoy!