Re: "Luxuries" and Programs
Tue, 11 Apr 1995 20:24:13 -0400
On Mon, 10 Apr 1995 13:47:50 -0400 Barney Pickard <BPick001@AOL.COM> wrote:
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I have to admit, it's nice to see that someone got it, and put their post in
the perspective that I was fishin' for. Barney, your post was right on the
mark: positive, directed guidance, based on your own experiences in the
equipment purchasing department.
The main point of this thread is to remember that there are different ways to
make an impression on an impressionable youth and parents. Like it or not,
they look up to that leader in a uniform, because to them, it means that we
know Scouting and what we are talking about. And, if we see something about
the Scouting that gives us a negative attitude, they may ask what else is
wrong with the program? So, let's be careful out there, folks.
>I never tell my boys the stuff from national is crap. What I do do is show
>them what I have gotten over the years and where it came from. Some of it
>come from the scout shop and some from the local retailers. I tell my boys
>that they should get the best they can for the $$ on items that will be with
>them for a long time ( Sleeping bags, Backpacks, etc). I also tell them to
>get the lowest priced item if they are going to outgrow it soon. If they
>the time and shop the newspaper ads, they can do very well for themselves
>NOT be forced to pay for everything just to have the BSA label.
Really, some of the goodies in the Boy Scout catalog are kinda redundant, and
other items are simply not the best buy, when compared to similar items
without the National Seal on them.
Gotta admit, though, that sometimes good deals can be found in the BSA
catalog, if careful price-watching is done. fro example, one of the better
deals I have seen (retail level, not Camp-mor) is te patrol cook kit. I
wouldn't mind having that beauty for my own tailgate camping trips with my
(and a good ole owl, too!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City