Re: Craftsman Badge Ideas
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 09:11:14 -0400
On Tue, 5 Sep 1995, Hutcheson George M wrote:
> biggest problem was the expense. Try looking for freebies. For example, one
> local lumber yard has been very, very good to Scouting. They put out old
> pallets for people to use as firewood. I got a couple that were in good
> condition, dismantled them, and removed all the nails and staples. Then I too
> the boards back and they squared them up and planed them for us - no charge.
> That's where our wood came from.
Another source might be your local landfill. Our landfill separates
construction debris from household trash. Contractors drive in and dump
boards and other materials from home construction in an area well away
from the other trash. They are not in a big rush to bury it because it is
not going to rot, so at least a days worth accumulates before any is
buried. I have been able to get permission to go in and scavenge for our
Cub projects. Normally nothing is allowed to leave the dump, but if you
make prior arrangements with public works it is not too difficult to
arrange. It is not as awful as it sounds. Most of the materials I
recovered, I took directly from the trucks of contractors who were
unloading their materials, rather than having to dig around in the mess.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City