Re: Cub Scout Pogs
Kevin Doyle (kdoyle@HEI.COM)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 12:43:05 -1000
To follow up on Al Woltz's note of Hawaii's link to POGS:
The craze (no quotes needed, believe me) took off like wildfire in mid to
late 1992 and roared through 1994. The Council got on the bandwagon in
1993 with a series of 20 for Its Scout Show (the Makahiki) and ten more
for th Jamboree contingent (#21-30). The POG idea was picked up first by
the Western Region when it conducted a National Camping School for Day
Camp Directors in Hawaii. I helped put together the designs for the six
POGs used by the National Cub Scouting Division, Boy Scouting Division
and Exploring Division. Four were Cub Scouting the rest, one each. They
were included in the production of the Aloha Council's next (four-color
run of POGs) for events for the rest of the year (#31 through #50). The
national Pogs were distributed at the 1993 BSA National Jamboree by the
three National Booths. The contingent POGs were distributed through
trading by the contingent members. At one point, they supplanted Baseball
cards in popularity. I was told that an 8-cap series produced by my
company with energy conservation tips and handed out at community fairs
and demonstrations was selling at the swap meets and flea markets for
$35. Puka shells had nothing on POGS in 1993.
If you are contemplating getting into POGs, I offer the following advice:
Do a large run. Count on a dozen per boy registered if you are doing this
as a Council.
Number them. It makes it easier for the kids to trade and complete a set
(I don't mean each individual, but each different design or issue). If
you are doing 12 in a series (hey, the 12 points of the BSA Scout Law!)
number them 1-12.
Don't underestimate the demand or the ability of the phenomenon to crest
and fade. It maybe that there will be continuing interest, but it could
go the way of the pet rock. In Hawaii, they are sort of like yo-yos and
hula-hoops: some people still get excited but not like before.
I don't suggest using stickers applied to Cardboard as I've seen some do.
They come apart in the heat of play or in the vinyl slip covers kids save
them in. (35mm slide holders work great.)
Since I did the designs and coordinated the production, I have most of
the information on the Hawaii and National POGs so if anyone is really
feverish about these little bits of cardboard they can reply to me direct.
And Al -- we're going to miss you out here in the middle of the Pacific.
Keep in touch!
I used to be a Bobwhite...W-CS-27
I used to be an Eagle...W-104-86
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