scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Pinewood Derby Kits
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 07:53:55 CST
Today's (Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000) New York Times, page A25, carries an
article entitled: "Boy Scouts Fire Maker of Car Kits".
According to the article Arthur Hasselbach Sr's (age 87) company Beta
Crafts has been BSA's sole supplier of Pinwood Derby Kits. Likewise,
BSA has been Beta Crafts sole customer. Beta Crafts employs 20 people.
It is located in Cranbury, NJ.
In 1998 Beta Crafts made 1.4 million kits, and 20 other products
including model space rockets.
According to the article Mr. Hasselbach alleged that: 'the only
explanation came to him in an informal conversation with one of the
procurement officials for the Boy Scouts and that it was related to his
age.' That conversation occurred in December.
"They were worried about what would happen to my company," he said "But
it's a family business. We have plans for it to continue."
Renee Fairrer, associate director of external communications, in Irving,
Texas reportedly said that 'the decision had nothing to do with Mr.
Hasselbach's age, and that she did not understand why the change was
attracting attention.' Ms. Fairrer is quoted as saying: "Obviously, we
were pleased with the quality of work Mr. Hasselbach was producing,"...
"But like any other business where there's a vendor relationship, you
re-evaluate that relationship periodically, and you choose to renew or
not renew it. It's nothing more and nothing less."
So, the Boy Scouts are like any other business (operating in interstate
commerce). Gee, I thought it was a private organization able to set its
own admission standards. I guess it claims multiple personalities in NJ
(or, since it's "corporate" move from NJ in 1979, perhaps diminished