Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 25, 2020

  This week I have really thrown myself back into my camp director role.  We have a small team editing the leaders guide and I've been making updates to the camp website.  All this is leading up to a very busy few weeks in October of recruiting troops to come to Camp Barstow in 2021.   The first weekend in October...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 22, 2020

    Last night at our Webelos den meeting I was trying to show the boys what Scout Spirit looked like.  So we sang the classic camp song "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean".  Only after each verse I asked Scouts how we could add a motion.  Pretty soon on the word "ocean" we were spinning around and on the...Read More

40 Pounds of Boy Scout Patches To Unbox

Once again I was contacted by a Scouter that was looking for someone who would appreciate and find a new home for his Scouting collection. This collection came in 3 boxes and weighed more than 40 pounds. He sent it to me on preview so that I could evaluate what he had and make him a fair offer. Since filming...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 20, 2020

  One way you can stay active in the hobby during COVID is logging into the Scout Patch Collectors Facebook Group.  With over 16k thousand members this is the most active group on the platform.  I randomly posted some things for sale as I was leaving work Friday.  As of last night almost all of those items are now sold and...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 13, 2020

    This morning I published an article on that was written by Josh Ammons of Atta Kulla Kulla lodge.  Josh sent me an email offering to help share some knowledge about the issues of his lodge for  the site.  He penned the article and shared it with me in a MS Word file.  I want to thank Josh for taking...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 15, 2020

    This group also included about 40 binders that were the 3" D-ring design.  So what I did was post on eBay that they were for sale sy $5 each.  Free pickup in CLT or a TOR that I would be attending.  Otherwise, I would give a shipping quote and just charge that exact amount.  This goes back to...Read More

Turning A Boy Scout Patch Collection Into Projects To Help Camp

This was an unusual trip to Lowe's Home Improvement! I was contacted by an older Scouter who wanted to sell his collection to me. I get calls and emails like this all the time and that is what keeps my business running. However, this generous Scouter didn't really need the proceeds and wanted to donate the money to a good...Read More

Scout Collection From Idaho 1960s-70s Unboxing

I love getting time capsule collections! I define these as small collections that have everything a Scouter has held on to for years. Many of these guys never got back involved with the program but they held on to their Scouting treasures for decades. Who know how many times they moved over the years and always put that box back...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 11, 2020

  I heard the idea floated of a virtual TOR.  This might sound a little crazy except basically it was done 20 years ago by Deryl Radder.  Some of you might remember that I interviewed him before he passed on my podcast.  We talked about his Y2K TOR which took place over the New Year in 2000. Certainly these days the technology...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 8, 2020

  This weekend on Facebook there were some posts sharing images of the 2010 museum that Sam Fairchild organized at  the Centennial Jamboree.  The posts led to discussions about needs, tough issues and memories of the event.  This reminded me that I need to do devote some time to my displays which has been a very hot and cold project. ...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 6, 2020

  On January 21, 2019 I published an episode of my Scouting Hot Finds Radio podcast featuring an interview for John Athayde who is the primary driver behind the project. The show notes from that episode include some of the interesting origins and details of the project.  What I really like is that reminiscent of the Blue Book effort this is a...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 4, 2020

This week I leveraged Facebook to try and catch up on the last 8 years of camp patches from my home camp. It looks like I last displayed my collection at the 2012 lodge Winter Banquet.  One of my struggles was just finding out what has been issued.  I think with the help of some of the active Scouters and...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 01, 2020

I spent several days sorting out these pages by manufacturer, size and condition.  Some of these I have in a giveaway box that I will take to future Scouting events to share with youth collectors just getting started.  Others I could easily use as part of my Trade-O-Ree set up in order to sell items. But what I needed was...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 30, 2020

My mother always needs sewing projects to pass the time.  When all this started she made 100 masks for her church so that they would have them available at worship if anyone forgot theirs at home.  So about a month or so ago I visited her and brought a tote full of vintage BSA neckerchiefs.  She figured out a way...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 28, 2020

When I got back into the camp game after an almost 20 year absence I discovered that its a very competitive landscape.  When I was a Scout in the 1980s my troop would never have considered going out of council to summer camp.  Now it's kinda a badge of honor that you run a strong program.  So for Camp Barstow...Read More


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