Basic tips, but helpful reminders as getting a new boy started in outdoor adventuring can become very expensive quickly if everything is bought new and all at once. Staggering out purchases, leveraging “birthday gifts” from extended family and shopping in a thrifty manner can make a big difference. Many outdoor gear shops have “quietly advertised” deals for scouters when they qualify for the discounts (i.e. purchase items as a group, show up in store wearing full uniform, etc.).
Enjoy your travels this Fall and be safe!
Buying outdoor gear doesn’t have to empty your bank account. Here are some great tips on applying thrifty strategies to gear up for outdoor adventures (from Backpacker.com)
Of course, there may be group discounts available from some camping supply stores for troops that are part of a non-profit organization. It’s always worth asking about, and at worst case scenario, you may have to submit a group order — which just takes a little coordination among the families to research what gear they want and submit the individual orders together.
One example that my troop has used in the past is provided by Campmor, here in New Jersey. http://www.campmor.com/CustomerServiceContent_____nonprofit We even had Campmor send us a product specialist to do a gear review and how to care for demonstration during a troop meeting! Thank you, Campmor!