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!