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Monster Scouts: Nerds in nature. Campaign: New Badges, Handbook, an Enamel Camp Cup, and pin. Keep us moving ahead!
Monster Scouts: Nerds in nature. Campaign: New Badges, Handbook, an Enamel Camp Cup, and pin. Keep us moving ahead!
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MONSTERS MAKERS MISFITS

Monster Scouts is a real-life Scouting community of oddballs who love Halloween, Monsters, Making and playing games. It's for adults (and kids) and... monsters.

Monster Scouts collect Badges, go on Missions, make uniforms, attend Monster Camps, go to Rallies, and basically nerd out about Monsters.

INSTEAD OF CHARGING FOR MEMBERSHIPS...

...we're doing an annual Membership Drive (like NPR) with some perks, to support our development of the Monster Scouts.   

We're a bunch of Makers
We're a bunch of Makers

 JOIN US (It's FREE)

Register at MonsterScouts.com
Join our Facebook Group

Monsters, Makers, and Misfits
Monsters, Makers, and Misfits

 

PLEDGE LEVELS QUICK CHART

This handy chart spells out the rewards for the 4 main levels of this Kickstarter: Copper Goblin, Silver Sasquatch, Golden Owlbear & Platinum Vampire.

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Silver Sasquatch and above will receive STRETCH GOALS, which will include additional badges.

MEMBERSHIP REWARDS

Official 2017 Membership Card
Official 2017 Membership Card

 

2017 Membership Certificate
2017 Membership Certificate

 

Mini-handbook is suitable for the pocket, Scouts satchel, or Dark Library
Mini-handbook is suitable for the pocket, Scouts satchel, or Dark Library

 

 

                                                                                                           
2017 COPPER GOBLIN SPIRIT BADGE
2017 COPPER GOBLIN SPIRIT BADGE

 

2017 SILVER SASQUATCH SPIRIT BADGE
2017 SILVER SASQUATCH SPIRIT BADGE

 

2017 GOLDEN OWLBEAR SPIRIT BADGE
2017 GOLDEN OWLBEAR SPIRIT BADGE

 

2017 PLATINUM VAMPIRE SPIRIT BADGE
2017 PLATINUM VAMPIRE SPIRIT BADGE

 

2017 MEMBERSHIP CHEVRON PATCH
2017 MEMBERSHIP CHEVRON PATCH

 MONSTER SCOUTS CAMP CUP

This is a simulation; it'll look something like this.
This is a simulation; it'll look something like this.

 

2017 Camp Cup
2017 Camp Cup

PLEDGE LEVELS 

COPPER GOBLIN

Get started with the Monster Scouts by snagging this fancy COPPER GOBLIN badge (Depicting WWI Military Goblin Hero Bloth Hopkins), Monster Scouts Membership Card and Membership Certificate (Signed by hand, by Monsters Scouts Founder Baron Davis, probably around 1917.)

  • COPPER GOBLIN 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis.

SILVER SASQUATCH

Things get more PINEY with the SILVER SASQUATCH badge (showing long-time Tree-Scout "Dave") with everything the COPPER GOBLIN offers, along with

  • SILVER SASQUATCH 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis.
  • Embroidered Membership Sleeve Chevron Patch
  • Soft-enamel Metal Pin (KS Exclusive) with Antique Silver finish
  • PLUS COPPER GOBLIN Spirit Badge
  • ALL STRETCH GOALS

GOLDEN OWLBEAR

We think that you'll agree that Owlbears are sacred and majestic creatures. That's why we oppose all who threaten or hunt them.

  • GOLDEN OWLBEAR 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis. 
  • Embroidered Membership Sleeve Chevron Patch
  • Soft-enamel Metal Pin (KS Exclusive) with Antique Silver finish
  • PLUS COPPER GOBLIN, SILVER SASQUATCH Spirit Badges
  • ALL STRETCH GOALS

PLATINUM VAMPIRE

Rothram Vine (Feratu) rescued Baron Davis from a devastating fall down a crevasse (into a Wraithling grave), and subsequently saved his life. Rothram defended Baron with his platinum-laced blade, but he ultimately made the ultimate sacrifice in the process. This Hero is now known as the "Platinum Vampire".

The PLATINUM VAMPIRE patch honors the sacrifice Rothram Vine made to protect our Founder.

  • PLATINUM VAMPIRE 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis.
  • Embroidered Membership Sleeve Chevron Patch
  • Soft-enamel Metal Pin (KS Exclusive) with Antique Silver finish
  • PLUS COPPER GOBLIN, SILVER SASQUATCH, GOLDEN OWLBEAR Spirit Badges
  • Enamel Monster Scouts Camp Cup
  • ALL STRETCH GOALS

PLATINUM VAMPIRE'S PORTRAIT (1)

This pledge level includes everything from the the PLATINUM VAMPIRE pledge level, along with an original painting by Daniel m. Davis. It's painted on wood with acrylics, and features an embedded leather patch (from Rothram's hat) staked on with 12 brass nails (from his favorite coffin).

An original painting of the original Platinum Vampire
An original painting of the original Platinum Vampire
  • PLATINUM VAMPIRE 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis. 
  • Embroidered Membership Sleeve Chevron Patch
  • Soft-enamel Metal Pin (KS Exclusive) with Antique Silver finish
  • PLUS COPPER GOBLIN, SILVER SASQUATCH, GOLDEN OWLBEAR Spirit Badges
  • ALL STRETCH GOALS
  • Enamel Monster Scouts Camp Cup
  • PLATINUM VAMPIRE original painting
  • ART SKULL BADGE (worth 300 points on the leaderboard)

PLATINUM VAMPIRE'S SATCHEL

This pledge level includes everything from the the PLATINUM VAMPIRE pledge level, along with Rothram Vine's "antique" canvas satchel. It features over 50 antique leather badges, hand-sewn Witch Stitches (along with his personal Blackberry signet stitch), and is custom-lined with a study brown canvas.

A unique relic from the Monster Scouts Archives
A unique relic from the Monster Scouts Archives
  • PLATINUM VAMPIRE 2017 Spirit Badge (Just over 1 inch, iron on backing)
  • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card 
  • 2017 Membership Certificate hand-signed by founder Baron Davis
  • Embroidered Membership Sleeve Chevron Patch
  • Soft-enamel Metal Pin (KS Exclusive) with Antique Silver finish
  • PLUS COPPER GOBLIN, SILVER SASQUATCH, GOLDEN OWLBEAR Spirit Badges
  • 2 Steel enameled Camp Cups
  • ALL STRETCH GOALS PLATINUM VAMPIRE original painting
  • RELIC BADGE (worth 750 points on the Badge leader board)
Includes rare and unreleased prototype badges
Includes rare and unreleased prototype badges

 

Comes with the FOUNDER Badge, #36. A rare find in this market.
Comes with the FOUNDER Badge, #36. A rare find in this market.

 

We call the leather badges "Antique" because they darken as they age
We call the leather badges "Antique" because they darken as they age

 

RELIC Spirit Badges only come on Relics. (Only 3 have been released so far.)
RELIC Spirit Badges only come on Relics. (Only 3 have been released so far.)

 

The back of the satchel features our credo
The back of the satchel features our credo

 

Inside is custom-lined with brown cotton duck canvas
Inside is custom-lined with brown cotton duck canvas

 

Weather flap features custom Witch Stitches for protection
Weather flap features custom Witch Stitches for protection

HOW DO I ADD MORE STUFF?

You can add more REWARDS by adding additional money (USD) to your pledge level. Later, in the survey, we'll ask what those funds were for.

  • Add $25 for each additional CAMP CUP (Retail $30)
  • Add $10 for each additional Mini-Handbook (Retail $15)
  • Add $5 for a Certificate + Card set (1 of each) (Retail $10)
  • Add $6 for each addition enamel pin (Retail $10)

Remember: Only Platinum Vampire level can add a Camp Cup.

You can add more of something from your pledge level or below, by simply adding more money to your pledge. (We'll ask later in the survey what that money was for.)

If you order 3 additional Camp Cups, please add $4 per cup for additional shipping. (I know, but shipping is EXPENSIVE.)

STRETCH GOALS

$51 of stretch goals unlocked for Silver and above
$51 of stretch goals unlocked for Silver and above

 Saved by the Sea Maidens Stretch Goal

Unlocked at $26k for Silver Sasquatch and above
Unlocked at $26k for Silver Sasquatch and above

 Here's the "Credo Set", UNLOCKED

 

Stretch Goal: the Rival's Set... UNLOCKED!
Stretch Goal: the Rival's Set... UNLOCKED!

 

 Beyond, we'll unveil them as you unlock em!

We'd love to see you get 3, 4 , or 5 more free badges as stretch goals! (Silver and up!)

Spread the word (and earn ANOTHER FREE BADGE) by doing our WHITE CROW Shout Scout Mission:

Support this KS, spread the word, earn a free badge
Support this KS, spread the word, earn a free badge

 MISSION DETAILS HERE

On the final Survey, we'll ask for links to your social media profiles so that we can check.

Follow these rules and we'll include this White Crow Spirit Badge with your pledge - for free!

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH BADGES?

Monster Scouts adhere them to all sorts of things... primarily their satchels, though we've seen them on hats, vests, jackets, sashes, uniform shirts... 

 

BADGES IN THE WILD

Scout Mumbles & some of his badges
Scout Mumbles & some of his badges

 

Yesteryear Every Year
Yesteryear Every Year

 

Scouts Vinny, Ron, Megan & Melissa
Scouts Vinny, Ron, Megan & Melissa

WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE FUNDS

If we're lucky enough to have success with this Kickstarter, we're going to reinvest the funds to do more Monster Scouts stuff:

  • We're going to have more Spirit Badges produced
  • We're working on a podcast from 1913
  • We're starting development on a Monster Scouts LIVE game
  • Less Comicons and more Monster Camps

HISTORY

Started in December 2014 by Daniel & Dawna Davis, of Steam Crow, the Monster Scouts started out simply as a line of Spirit Badges to accompany the other illustrated monster goods that they were making.

Soon, folks started to dress up as Monster Scouts at comic conventions, doing missions to earn free Spirit Badges, and then demanding Campouts where we could all hang out together. 

It has been amazing.

In 2015 we made the move from leather to cloth badges, to keep up with demand, and did so through a successful Kickstarter.

MONSTER CAMPS

This August, we're doing Monster "SHINDIG" Camps in 4 more states.

We still have some camp site opening:

SHINDIG COLORADO - AUGUST 4-8

 

 SHINDIG IDAHO - AUGUST 11-13

 

 SHINDIG WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18-20

 

SHINDIG CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 25-27

 

WHO IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS?

We're Dawna and Daniel Davis, and we're the husband and wife team who run the brands STEAM CROW and the MONSTER SCOUTS.

Steam Crow is 11 years old, and we've been making art, exhibiting at comicons and doing what we love the whole while.

We've done 5 successful Kickstarters over the years, and hope to make this one a success as well. We've managed to deliver all of our Kickstarters on time, and our success is ultimately dependent upon YOU, and making YOU HAPPY.

Risks and challenges

Sometimes things can go wrong, but we're veterans of Kickstarter and making Monster Scouts stuff... and we'll adjust along the way.

We've worked with most of the suppliers for this project, and the art is done on just about everything, except the HANDBOOK, which we're working on right now. But, we should have it done by the time the campaign finishes, and we don't expect it to delay anything. (The book will only take 3 weeks to print.)

We're camping all of August with our Monster Camps, so it seems unlikely that we'll be delivering before September. (Our goal.)

In any case, these Kickstarters (basically YOU) are important to us, and we intend on delivering as our reputation (and your satisfaction) matters.

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    The Copper Goblin

    This fine Monster Scout can wear her Copper Goblin badge proudly!

    Exclusive Copper Goblin Badge, a 2017 Membership Card and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis.

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    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
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    The Silver Sasquatch

    Your furry friend from the forest is the Silver Sasquatch!

    It includes the exclusive Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
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    The Golden Owlbear

    A regal beast festooned with feathers and crown needs YOU!

    It includes the Golden Owlbear Spirit Badge, the Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Golden Owlbear 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
    • Monster Scouts Mini-Handbook (32 pages)
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    The Platinum Vampire EARLYBIRD

    He's got style, he's got class, he just bit your... neck!

    It includes the Platinum Vampire Spirit Badge, Golden Owlbear Spirit Badge, the Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Platinum Vampire 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Golden Owlbear 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
    • Monster Scouts Mini-Handbook (32 pages)
    • Steel Enameled Camp Cup
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    The Platinum Vampire

    He's got style, he's got class, he just bit your... neck!

    It includes the Platinum Vampire Spirit Badge, Golden Owlbear Spirit Badge, the Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Platinum Vampire 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Golden Owlbear 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
    • Monster Scouts Mini-Handbook (32 pages)
    • Steel Enameled Camp Cup
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    The Platinum Vampire's Portrait

    Platinum Vampire Portrait. Hand painted with acrylic paints by a tipsy slyph, there will only be ONE offered... this is it.

    It was recovered from a Goblin Junkyard Shoppe, over in Tennessee, in 1938, but then was lost again in a gambling "accident".

    A unique, one of a kind item, it comes with an Art Skull 3 badge - 300 points on the MonsterScouts.com leaderboard.

    It includes the Platinum Vampire Spirit Badge, Golden Owlbear Spirit Badge, the Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, Camp Cup, and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Platinum Vampire 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Golden Owlbear 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
    • Monster Scouts Mini-Handbook (32 pages)
    • Steel Enameled Camp Cup
    • Platinum Vampire's Original Painting
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    The Platinum Vampire's Satchel

    A vintage-style Monster Scouts satchel, outfitted with every "antique" leather badge that we could find, along with hand-sewn witch stitches and weathering. A unique, one of a kind item, it is a RELIC offering 750 points on the MonsterScouts.com leaderboard.

    It includes the Platinum Vampire Spirit Badge, Golden Owlbear Spirit Badge, the Silver Sasquatch Badge, a 2017 Membership Card, Copper Goblin Spirit Badge, KS Exclusive Soft-enamel pin, embroidered 2017 Sleeve Stripe patch, 2 Camp Cups and Membership Certificate, signed by Baron Davis, and ALL STRETCH GOALS.

    Includes:
    • Platinum Vampire 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Golden Owlbear 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Silver Sasquatch 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • Copper Goblin 2017 Woven Spirit Badge
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Card
    • 2017 Monster Scouts Membership Certificate
    • Embroidered 2017 Arm Stripe Patch
    • Monster Scouts Soft Enamel Pin (KS Exclusive)
    • Monster Scouts Mini-Handbook (32 pages)
    • One of a kind Monster Scouts Satchel Relic
    • Steel Enameled Camp Cup
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