Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 20 May 1993 12:05:00 GMT
Mike Walton mentioned:
> (Councils don't just spend $500-700
> on a patch only to be worn for one year and then tossed away.)
I have heard reports to the contrary on this.
(keep in mind that none of this is official). I heard someone mention once
that some concils frequently change their CSP (Council Shoulder Patch),
sometimes as often as annually. Yes, there is the cost associated with
producing a patch, but the change can be offset by the sales of new patches to
collectors, others wanting to wear only the most current patch, not to
mention increased sale of the old patches to collecters wanting to get
something unavailable any more.
Since the councils make some money on every patch sold, it sounds like a good
way to raise money. However, if you continue to make real minor changes, it
probably can backfire: collectors see what is happening and reduce purchases,
leaving you with a lot of new patches as well as lots of old patches.
I first heard this alleged toward the DuPage Area Council several years ago.
However, based on discussions at Philmont with crews from the council, it
seems like the Circle 10 council is (was) doing something similar, making
"minor" changes like a border color or the color of a small background
When funding is lacking in a council, it seems get rich schemes like this can
appear. As I said, I have no official confirmation on any of this, but it
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348 & T-352, Oak Forest, IL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City