Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Sun, 28 May 1995 12:02:01 -0400
Hank Heine brings up how easy it is to interpret
BSA Scouters as only interested in recognition.
I agree with his points and would like to add patch
trading. This applies to scouts as well as scouters.
When visiting the jamborees in 89 and 93, I was
amazed by the number of scouts who seemed to
spend all their time patch trading and not doing the
events. I was appalled at the number of scouts who
not only spent much of their time trading, but who
also had limited edition patches which they traded
for ridiculous multiples.
I finally made a care run for the guys in my son's
troop to the Lee Museum trading post outside the
post and bought a bunch of 'rare' patches for the
kids for the regular 2-3 dollar CSP price.
The thing that bothered me the most was that the
scouts only were interested in trading, not getting to
know the scouts they were trading with. I thought the
purpose of scouting was to learn and meet new people,
not accumulate patches.
The fact that BSA had to prohibit trading between
scouts and adults is a sad commentary on the way
BSA is going. It's a shame that these rules had to
be put into effect because of a small number of crooks
who whould cheat scouts.
When I attended CJ89, the patch trading was not as
evident, and I got to meet a lot of neet people. I did
some trading with people I met, but mostly from a
social standpoint and as momentos of people whom I
met. These made it immediately to my patch blanket
which is a history of my scouting career.
I have not had the opportunity to attend events outside
of the US/Canada, so I can't comment on things there,
but certainly can understand how others must look at
us and the rules we are forced to live by.
Rather than being offended by the views of others, (some
of which I thought were tongue in cheek) let's look
at ourselves and see that maybe those from other
cultures are like the little boy who told the emperor he
Carey Probst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adv. Chr., Troop 16, Saratoga Dist., Twin Rivers Council
SM(ret.) Troop 16, Brotherhood Member, Ganienkeh Lodge 19
District Committee, Past Dist. Adv. Chairman
Beaver, NE-II-53, Elk Lick Reservation, 1988, beads, 1989
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City