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    The BF and I were wandering an antique shop the other day, and I found a vintage Boy Scout flint and steel fire starter kit for $10. It even had some of the original tinder and 2 pieces of actual flint, not a ferro rod or firesteel.

    Debating on weather or not to give it to my grandson, who is a bear cub this year.
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    Wow, the boy would be really excited to have a flint "just like Davy Crockett"

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    It's been a while since those were made. If you want to get him a BSA fero rod as well they are pretty inexpensive and small enough for cubby fingers.

    http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/campin...l#.VXwQ2PlVhBd

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    My son has a " non vintage" BSA flint and steel kit. They are very functional, just needing a little char cloth to round it out. Kids love these things. I would recommend a pair of safety glasses to go with it, kids tend to get rock chips flying while learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    It's been a while since those were made. If you want to get him a BSA fero rod as well they are pretty inexpensive and small enough for cubby fingers.

    http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/campin...l#.VXwQ2PlVhBd
    Rick, I have already gotten him this one, I have been adding to his camping backpack since he joined and have gotten him two different feo rods for his kit. When my son in scouts the unit had all the camping gear that was needed, get this, a whole trailer full of scout gear left from days gone by when the scout troop had at one point died out, and this fella had this stuff in his possession all those years and never got rid of it. He turned it over to us when we did a scout drive to revive the troop, the man came to the meeting and turned over the trailer. ( That was in Scott County, that trailer and it's contents was stolen from that troop a couple of years ago, they are still trying to raise money to replace those items.).

    I am currently working on a first aid kit for my grandsons backpack as well It will not be Scout issue, but it will have items in it I think necessary in a small kit.
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    Very cool.....First time I have seen that one.
    Any date on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    Very cool.....First time I have seen that one.
    Any date on it?
    No date. Been trying to research it, found it online but now can not find that site again. Surely there is a Boy Scout Museum...ish site somewhere.
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    Nell, I can't give you an exact date but the ones in plastic are from the 60's. They made a set that was in a cotton bag. Those are from the 40's and 50's. I have no idea what they were in before the 40's.

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    I love old scout stuff. Awesome find, thanks for sharing the pic!

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    Cool Check it out...

    Nell, I don't think the shop owners knew what they had; check this out on Ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Offi...item4aeace4448
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    Those were still available at our camp in the 80's and early 90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    Nell, I don't think the shop owners knew what they had; check this out on Ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Offi...item4aeace4448
    Found the same kit, minus box, on etsy for $18.

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    My son picked up his at the local BSA dealer about 3 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    Nell, I don't think the shop owners knew what they had; check this out on Ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Offi...item4aeace4448
    This is what I bought at summer camp in 1969. Still have it but not the box. The "tinder" was/is tow (as in the left overs from making thread from the Flax plant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nell67 View Post
    No date. Been trying to research it, found it online but now can not find that site again. Surely there is a Boy Scout Museum...ish site somewhere.
    http://www.bsamuseum.org/

    If you e-mail them most museums are pretty good about verifying the dates on items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    http://www.bsamuseum.org/

    If you e-mail them most museums are pretty good about verifying the dates on items.
    Thats a great idea!
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