Re: Why are British Scout badges so drab
Wed, 19 Oct 1994 13:02:25 +0100
On Tue, 18 Oct 1994 01:04:07 MET,
Gino Lucrezi <lucrezi@IINF01.ING.UNIVAQ.IT.> wrote:
>I have seen german scouts from DPSG (Deutsche Pfadfindershaft Sankt
>Georg) in Kandersteg, and some of them had all kinds of badges
>(usually non-german) sewn on their shirts, back included...
>fortunately most of them had a "proper" uniform.
I was talking about the BdP, because that is what I best know. It is very
difficult to make statements about the DPSG, because I can't see a clear
line in their appearance. Here in Leverkusen it is said we have eight DPSG
groups, but I have never ever seen one of them in uniform. From other
groups I know, that they have very colourful shirts, not only covered with
badges from all over the world, but also with paintings and writings. The
official uniform (as far as I can make it out of their catalogue) has only
membership badge (lilie in different colour for each section),
national-stripe and a patrol badge for the scout-section. But maybe there
is a DPSG-member in the list who can tell more about that?
>> really good motive. But on the other hand it is interisting to see, that
>> some serious collectors I know avoid American badges.
>That's new to me.
>The only objection I have to collecting CSPs is that there are too
>many of them to complete the set in your lifetime, and anyway they
What is the purpose of collecting badges? For me the main purpose is the
act of swooping, because that is a good way of getting into contact. I have
many good pen-friendships that last for years and started by swooping a
little badge. That is much more important for me than having a big and
worthy collection. So I am definitly not a "serious" collector (maybe that
word was an unlucky choice in the first place). The people I had in mind
were those, coming to camps or meetings with suitcases full of badges and
only wanting to get as many rare items as possible. I met them in Germany
as well as in England and they weren't keen after American badges, for
whatever reason I don't know. I soon gave up trading with them, because it
is no fun! I'd rather give away my swoops to the little scout who offers a
district badge I already have two or three times.
By the way, what does CSP stand for?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City