"Scout Musuem" Advertisement...tacky yes; illegal no!
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 16 Sep 1992 19:50:26 CDT
Guess what!?!?! The Scouting Museum needs our OA patches and insignia.
It also needs old uniforms and indian costumes and neckerchiefs. No books
The following is a VERBATIM Ad appearing in today's _Park City Daily News_,
which is the newspaper covering most of southern Kentucky.
"Wanted--The National Boy Scout Museum State University needs
old camping equipment (all kinds), Camp patches before 1965,
Order of the Arrow patches before 1965 (most have the letters
W.W.W. on them), Indian costumes, neckercheifs, personal
reminiscences, diaries, etc., Scout uniforms before 1945 abd
Also collecting Girl Scout memorabilia, metal or brass pins,
merit badges before 1960. No books. Ship your donated items
to: Scout Museum, 108 Court Street, Irvine, KY 40336. "
Yes, it is an ad....NO, it is NOT an ad from the National Scouting
Musuem of the Boy Scouts of America (which IS on a state university campus,
in MURRAY, Kentucky....not IRVINE (outside of Richmond, close to another
state university campus)...and the national musuem is NOT looking for
ANY donated items AT ALL. Seems that the staff there has several classrooms
FULL of Scouting memorabilia of all kinds both from the Supply Division
as well as from individuals.
The person placing the ad is a editor and owner of several small Kentucky
papers...Guy Hatfield. He is an avid Scouting collector and buyer of Scouting
items. He also sells much of what he collects and don't need. The address
listed is his home address and NOT that of the Scouting Musuem in Murray
(which is in case someone wants it, National Museum of the Boy Scouts of
America, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky 42071).
He is also looking for Girl Scout stuff, which has NOTHING to do with the
BSA musuem here. Can we say "big screw-up here"?!?!?
The bottom line is a new question: Is it proper for Scouting memorabilia
collectors (and I'm one of them, at least small-time any way) to advertise
and ask for donations in the name of the BSA or the National Scouting Museum?
If not, what can (if anything) be done about it?? If so, what keeps him (or
me or anyone else) from turning around and selling the diary of a longtime
Scouter to another "collector".
Please...please...we are ALL aware of the BSA
Please...please...we are ALL aware of the BSA's policies concerning patches,
collecting, and holding of badges by other than the person earning the award,
badge, insignia, etc. This is NOT a policy question. This is a procedural
question...one in which goes on in EVERY COUNCIL and in EVERY LOCATION.
What galls me about the ad was the invoking of the National Musuem (I will take
that up with the ad staff of the paper in the morning) and the person's
willingness to list a personal address where the items can be sent to.
We talked about units and Councils collecting items for Scouts and units in
Florida and Louisiana a while back and those are not just notable, they
are in the best traditions of Scouting. This does not sound like or appear to
be a calling for items to be sent there. This looks like a collector wanting
SPECIFIC items to add to his or her large collection ("no books").
The National Museum of the BSA as I stated earlier, really does not need
Scouting items. Most of their items were donated to them as part of personal
collections willed to the BSA or given to the BSA along with land and/or
other personal collections. There are in addition to this musuem several
samller museums (like ones in NH, IL, CA, and Florida) that are NOT operated
by the BSA but rather by local Councils or private individuals. These local
museums also seek donated items and purchases much of the items from former
Scouts and Scouters.
If you would like to give to the National Musuem, contact your Scout Executive
or the National Museum directly (502) 762-3383.
Settummanque!!@ Hey, I need lotsa CSPs! Can I make a ad like that one too??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City