Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Thanks and another question
Re: Thanks and another question
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:16:23 -0600
>Now I have another. I would like to get some recommendations (brand
>names, models, sources, etc.) for sleeping bags, canteens (plastic or
>aluminum?) and hiking boots. I don't mind paying a bit more for
>good-quality stuff that will last a long time and be easier to maintain,
>but I don't want to waste my money, either. :-)
I would wait and talk to your leaders before buying gear. We always
publish in our information that we send out to new scouts before they
actually start attending meetings, a request that they not buy equipment
until we have an orientation session with both the scout and parent. For
instance, it'll depend on the camping program of your troop as to just what
kind of backpack and sleeping bag you'll want to purchase. These can be
pretty expensive items to buy. There will be an "equipment guhru" in your
troop that will just love to tell you where and how to purchase the
"maximum quality for the minimum price". We have 4-5 of these folks. We
even have two leaders who love to "make a run to Wichita to the coleman
outlet" where they pick up zero degree sleeping bags for sixty bucks!
Also, your son is probably growing like crazy right now (or will be quite
soon). Buying him a $150-200 backpack (which he will want when he goes to
Philmont) that will fit him right now is pretty silly. Same with hiking
boots...buy less expensive ones and buy a pair of those great new
waterproof/breathable socks. There's a point that your son will be going
through hiking boots at the rate of a pair every three months!
In addition, many times, older scouts who've gone on to more high-adventure
stuff will have used equipment that they want to sell.
Canteens vs Nalgene water bottles, plastic vs aluminum eating stuff.....let
your troop leaders and older scouts guide you on all of this stuff.
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