Re: Patch Trading and more...
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 3 Sep 1991 12:58:00 EDT
The "official" stand on patch and memobilia (okay, I can't spell!) collecting
is outlined in the Insignia and Control Guide. It states, for the record, that
patch and item (hat pins, etc) collecting is a tradition amoung Scouts and
Scouters and that this will continue on into the future. There are some
parameters that *MUST* be adhered to:
1) Badge swapping of items that you are *not* entitled to (for example,
Vigil Lodge flaps by non-Vigil honor members; Hornaday Award by a non-Hornady
holder, etc.) is NOT PERMITTED AT ALL.
2) Badges of tenure (Year pins), achievement or rank (Eagle, Tenderfoot),
special honor (Arrow of Light, District Award of Merit) are NOT PERMITTED TO
3) Such "swapping" should take place in areas designed for this use, and
should not detract from the major activity of the event (for example, your
Scout Camp may have set aside a "patch trading shelter" for that use ONYL
at certain times during the week...)
Now, folks, let's be realistic about this all...it *is* a fact of life that
ALL of the above happens in Scouting and that little or NOTHING can be done
about it (patch police or none). So, common sence has to be enforced here
and in most cases, it is....
a) Patch trading should be done with adults trading with adults and youth
trading with youth. That way, a kid does not get "swindled" out of a neat
looking patch by an adult bent on "getting it all"; and vice-versa.
b) You should know what it is that you are trading. There are several books
and pamphelts on the open market that explains what a "CSP" is and the
difference between the first editions and the current editions...the same
goes with just about anything that has to do with the BSA (or for that matter
the GSA or anyone else...)
c) Be wary of "patch sellers" (these are people, not to be confused with
memorbilia collectors that will exchange and buy your entire collection to
trade or sell to similiar type collectors...they are legit and I can recommend
a couple to you!--what I mean is that person that wants to "buy" your
patch instead of trading)...
d) Remember above it all--the neat looking patch, the seventeen color OA
backpatch, the unique 1937 summer camp patch or the Philmont Annisversary
edition beltbuckle-- that the whole purpose of trading is *not* to "get what
someone else has" but rather to meet and exchange the "stories" that goes
with the item...and to foster brotherhood and friendship amoung Scouts and
I hope that you have found these words for what they are and good luck, Griz
on your quest to get lotsa Council strips!!!!
Faculty Advisor, Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club/EKU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City