Re: Patch trading ethics and proposal ?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 22 Sep 1993 15:47:45 EDT
On Wed, 22 Sep 1993 15:34:34 -0400 Pab Benford said:
> Im not sure about your age anyway !!!!!! its questionable !!!!
WHAT you mean you are finnally back at work?
My wife says I act like a child anyway!
BUT, since scouting is required to have at least
two deep adult supervision, at least they is
some one else with me to get into trouble!
I totaly agree that the best way to trade for NEW scouts is
one of mine for one of yours.
The majority of the problem seems to be agreed that when a
scout winds up with his grandfather 1937 FELT jambo patch
or maybe a old faded canvas 1950 jambo patch, or a 2 color
NICK Stoner OA patch. The look like junk to the average scout!
Any NEW scout trader at the jambo would probably been happy to
trade a two color OA patch from 1950 for the DR Seuss CSP or
even the Utah parks! That is what the patch was WORTH to him!
Is it OK if a scout trades the Nick Stoner to another NEW scout
for a CAMP PATCH worth maybe $1? If niether KNOW the value?
For those of you NOT familiar with NICK Stoner potches, It could
be worth $100 to $1,000 to an OA collector. So what is gained
by prohibiting ADULTS from trading with a scout? The scout
get ripped OFF and dosn't know it? Is that OK???
If BSA would recognise the members of the SEMI official Badgers
of the National Scout Traders or even alow then to have a INFO
both, scouts would be able to at least find out the value of
old felt, or canvass or two color twill patches!
I still can not see how a scout is "ripped off" if he trades
a patch when he dosn't know the value? How can it be OK as
long as niether scout knows the value? BSA is just saying
that as long as we are all ignorant about the VALUEs of pathces
then its OK. That don't make much sense to me.
I used to allways attach a mailing label to the back of pathces
I took to the jambo, in case someone wanted to conatact me after
the jambo. Maybe that is something that could be considered.
All I know is that the present polciy does NOT work, and
makes scouts or scouters that enjoy swaping patches and stories
look like some kind of sinister vilians.
Some one once told me the best trade is when you BOTH think you
got the better deal. Patch trading is NOT going to go away!
BSA should deal with it with intelligence and education, LIKE
many other scouting nations! Collections merit badge was a
small step forward! Lets see if we can keep the forward progress
and not the backwards concepts of prohibition and banishment!
I can never knowingly RIPPED off anyone on a DEAL, I can
not say the reverse is true! PAB!!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City