Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Those Uniform Pants Again
Re: Those Uniform Pants Again
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 10:17:03 +0000
Bruce Harper raised good points about potential sourcing of BSA Scout
pants which would reverse the escalation in cost (though some of that is
attributable to the retirement fund for professionals); provide a
quality controlled product; and, have socially responsible/supportive
But there is evidence that a modern, western, democratic nation can
market quality products at a more reasonable cost.
I'm sitting here with a 1999 Scouts Canada catalog open in front of me.
Their trousers have REAL cargo pockets capable of carrying a Handbook
and more, and in the youth versions are advertised as also having
reinforced knees. Cost: $30CD youth, $40CD adult. That translates to
about $20USD and $27USD. I don't know whether Scouts Canada sources
it's uniforms from a for/ not-for/ or non-profit company either in or
out of country - perhaps one of our Canadian breatheren can answer that.
(They also have a long-sleeve denim shirt with a Scout "designer logo"
for $50CD/ $33USD)
I mentioned the denim shirt solely to point out another aspect of the
"non-uniformity" portrayed in the catalog. Unlike the BSA catalog which
always shows Scouts in outdoor postures in fully "official" Scout
regallia, the Scouts Canada shows on it's cover a leader/venturer (?) in
non-regulation light-blue washed denim jeans; tan pants (pg.24); and,
medium blue jeans (pg.26). I guess their "uniform Mounties" were
off-duty when the catalog was put together. ;-)