Re: Business trip to Franklin & Nashville TWO GREAT SCOUTING
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 21:52:11 -0500
On Tuesday 21 Apr 1998 22:37:41 EDT Jerry Grindle asked about Scouting
places to visit in Knoxville & Nashville.
In Knoxville I heartily recommend a visit to the Peregrine Scout Museum.
It is one of the four best Boy Scout Museums in the United States (The
others are in Valley Forge PA, Murray KY, and Valley Forge PA). They have
camping programs and tie ins with the Lost Sea Caves for Boy Scout Troops
In Nashville, although recently damaged by devastation Tornados I think
every Scouter must visit the incredible Middle Tennessee Council Scout Shop
on Hillsboro Road. This Scout shop is unlike any other I have visited
anywhere else in the Nation. They even put the well stocked National Shops
to shame because the Nashville shop has a huge Assortment of items that
frankly are not sold at any other Scout Council in the Nation.
Their extensive range of merchandise includes everything from Modern Racks
filled with National Audubon Society Nature Field Guides to T-Shirts and
books from Scouting Associations from Other Nations.
There Scout Shop Manager, Dave Williams, is truly a Scout Shop MANAGER. He
is concerned with customer satisfaction, increasing revenues, being where
the scouter volunteers in his council are at special events, and in meeting
the needs of the professional and volunteer staff. Best of all, this
council does not believe that every single item in a Scout Shop ought to
come from just one supplier. They have it all!
Visiting the Nashville Scout Shop is an adventure, kind of like the Grand
Ole Opera, you never know just what new stuff your liable to fall in love
with. Nashville is the Country Music Capital of the United States, but for
Scouters in search of new resources, Nashville has set itself apart as a
Scout Shop that breaks the cookie cutter mold that is so predictable and so
common at other Council Stores.
Tennessee does have some great Scouting "must see" attractions! The Great
Smokey Mountains, Cumberland Caverns, and Chattanooga Aquarium are also
good stops for Scout Troops visiting the state.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City