The trading post has gone self-service for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Shoppers can now browse and select items more easily than ever before.
Scouts begin their new shopping experience by checking any backpacks or bags with trading post staff and receiving a chit that identifies their property. Similar to a department store, shoppers select their items and put them in a shopping cart, in this case a bright red bucket. They complete their purchases at one of several checkout stands near the exits and then retrieve their backpack.
Shoppers have a choice of four trading posts. Trading Post A is south of Mahone camp, B is east of Davis camp, and C is northeast of Longstreet camp. Trading Post D is located in the guest parking lot. Normal store hours for all posts are 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Trading Posts A, B and C will open for business on Monday.
[blockquote class="alignleft"]Using recyclable materials cuts down on our trash output.[/blockquote]
Trading Post D, which is about half the size of a normal trading post, will open Tuesday. Each trading post is equipped with water coolers and fans to help keep shoppers cool.
Hot items this year are expected to be belts and buckles. New collector’s items include a limited edition knife and centennial patch. Only 2,010 of each of these items have been produced.
Eco-awareness is the new buzz word at all trading posts. Staff members are using 60 percent less timber than in previous years, exchanging it for recyclable cardboard materials, for displays and arrangements.
“Using recyclable materials cuts down on our trash output,” said Paul Claus, director of physical arrangements for the trading posts.