Post for Patch Collectors
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 10:05:00 -0400
I received a phone call yesterday afternoon from the Exploring Exec. in
Three Fires council (forgot his name) and he made an intriguing suggestion
He is looking to start an Explorer Post with the special interest area of
Patch Collecting. Apparently (supposedly??), there are other adults who can
help but they need a lead advisor to pull this off. I do not know what the
youth interest is in this.
The goal would be to promote collecting of Scouting memorabilia among the
youth, including Cub Scouts as wells as Boy Scouts. For the stamp
collectors out there, I suspect this is similar to what various philatelic
organizations, and formerly the United States Postal Service, do to promote
stamp collecting among the youth. Quite significantly, this post would
become responsible for the council trade-o-ree and memorabilia auction.
I am understandably cautious about agreeing to do this. While the initial
goals (encouraging and promoting collecting memorabilia and more
importantly establishing an image of collectors as honest people who abide
by ALL aspect of the Scout Oath and Law and Explorer Code) seem worthy and
admirable I doubt this alone is sufficient reason for a Post. I am also
concerned that we would become nothing more "cheap labor" for the council
memorabilia auction. The exec. knew of one such other post that existed in
California with a similar interest.
I also would want to know what sort of youth interest there is in such an
endeavor before I committed to it.
I am also cautious as to the official reaction within the BSA but outside of
the council. The BSA seems IMO to grudgingly tolerant of patch collectors,
at best. I disagree strenuously with the current policy that forbids
trading between youth and adults at national events, but by virtue of being
an advisor I would be forced to support it. I disagree even more vehemently
with those who go to these big events and do nothing other than trade
patches! IMO, this is an intersting sideline and hobby not the main reason
to attend such events.
Needless to say, if I took this on, I would rewrite the applicable sections
of my ticket to reflect this rather unusual role in Scouting.
I thought I would solicit this list to see if you have any advice to offer
or any other thoughts on this matter.
For those from outside the U.S. and BSA, Explorers is a program for boys and
girls ages 14 through 20. Once reaching 14 a boy may either join a troop or
a post. Many are registered in both. If he previously earned the rank of
First Class in a troop, a Boy Scout may continue to advance toward Eagle
until he turns 18. Explorers are organized into Posts and usually center
around a special interest: either a hobby or a career area. Patch
collecting in the U.S. is referred to as badge collecting in most other
countries, to my knowledge.
soon to be something in Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City