Re: New Boy Scout hat
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Wed, 5 Jul 1995 09:38:51 -0500
>When we were out at PTC in 1988 they were talking about a new hat and, if I
>remember correctly, they even had some. But, they never came to pass. Could
>this be the same hat brought back to life??????
This hat is a felt crusher which has about a 3" brim. It is very similar to
hats being marketed by Columbia and other outdoor gear suppliers. It has a
combined leather half band and neck strap that can be brought over the top
of the hat to help hold the brim rolled up.
They are testing it in a deep brown and a near white version. Most of the
staff and boys really like the hat.
We have several boys in our Troop who own similar hats already. Especially
those boys who've been on Philmont Treks. I think it will be popular on
expeditions, but probably won't fly too well in eastern urban areas.
Personally I think it would be a popular alternative to the baseball, and
campaign hats. I just hope they don't lose the quality.
Other topics brought up by the supply division director:
They are investigating synthetic material uniforms to get more rugged and
outdoor appropriate clothing as official uniform. Including looking at a
pant with zip off legs to function as shorts and pants. (Similar to some
available from Columbia and Cabellas)
They are reviewing merit badge booklets but only get to 17 per year year and
eagle required are given first priority. The merit badge booklets have to
be self supporting (cost of booklets covers printing and revision costs)
The group told the director that the price could go up if it helped to get
the booklets updated more often. ($2.00 to $2.50 range)
The director of the Boy Scout Division is an outdoor oriented person. He
really does want to make some appropriate changes in the uniform and is
working on it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City