Re: patch trading
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 18 Nov 1991 10:16:52 EST
Mike makes some very good points. A recent camporee theme was
BACK to the basics. It was great. However BSA and others keep
trying to BRIDGE to the future, and I think forget, the past.
Well there is still a lot we can learn from the past. Things
that didn't work in the past, most likly will not work now.
Why spend money to try it again? GOOD basic programs that did
work, can be used over and over. With all the constant changes
BSA lost focus on the real goals!
As Adrian and Mike have suggested, spend the money on program!
That is what draws kids into scouting, and a good program and
trained leaders will keep kids in scouting. Put the money into
camps not into courts! Forget about the PATCH police! What part
of the porgram or the image of BSA did the patch police serve?
Was it really a MAJOR problem that BSA got so distracted? What
differnce does it really make to a scout at camp, if I can buy
an OLD "trained" SM patch in the mail? (yes mike I found one)
In fact, even National has made "reproductions" of valuable old
Jamboree and CSP items.
BSA should forget patch police as a bad idea. It dosn't work!
The money wasted on such ideas could be better used in organizing
a program that would keep scouts so interrested, they wouldn't
have so much free time, that they spend hours trading patches.
If the best part of the JAMBO is the patch trading, then BSA
better forget Jamborees. There are better places for patch
trading, Such as Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and the PRE-NOAC T-O-R.
You won't find any patch police there! ANd I expect we won't
trade many pathces while in a canoe in the Adirondacks next summer!
Don Izard, scouter
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