Patch trading ethics and proposal ?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Sep 1993 16:41:25 EDT
Recently on rec.scouting, some comments have been cirulating
about the ethics of patch traders/collectors/dealers etc.
One comment I posted is that as with any "collectibles"
such as sports cards or coins or stamps, there will be
"abitrary" values and also "dealers". As it is in BSA
and the Jamboree this year, there is NO official group
in BSA or recognised by BSA to provide any information
to scouts or adults interested in collecting or trading patches.
In fact for the past few Jamborees, the major DEALER type
patch traders have been BARRED from the jambo, which MAY
have some merit. But we have banned both the good and
the bad. BSA is about the only major scouting organization
not to recognize the INTERNATIONAL Badgers! WHY?
Interantional Badgers have displays at the last three
WORLD jamborees at least! They provide information and
"Education" to new collectors to get them started and to
avoid RIP OFFS. There is also a CODE of ethics!
I have writen to BSA asking about why BSA will not permit
the Badgers or any US based scouting collectables or
traders groups to have a display/informatin area at any
scout funtions! I have NEVER recieved a reply!!!!
Any thoughts from this forum? Why does BSA want to
try to ignore that MANY patch traders are scouters and that
patch trading WILL be a part of any large gathering of
scouts? I would not cost BSA anything!
collecting SCOUT patches since 1957! 3 Months before I was a CUB!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City