Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 31, 2017

I had a neat conversation yesterday with a lady in Michigan who is both a realtor and has an estate sale service. She often gets clients where the children live out of state and need to sell their parents homes. So she handles both the estate sale and then acts as the realtor. Anyway she got into a house with...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 29, 2017

I have seen plenty of typos in all my years of doing the Hot Finds. A few of you have been very good at catching me when I make a grammatical bobo. So with that I ask what are Scounting patches? Click the link below to see. This week I visited a Klondike Camp held at Camp Barstow whereby the...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 26, 2017

I am pretty sure I saw the neat Explorer Silver Award neckerchief advertised on Facebook before it went to auction. This one is similar to the Eagle Scout neckerchiefs of that time period which were probably done by the same company. I'm pretty sure it's not a legit issue in the sense of the advancement system but more of a...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 24, 2017

Part of this process is looking back at 2017 and thinking out loud where are the areas that you fell short. Inevitably that includes the 1/2 dozen websites that I have branched off from Is there a way to schedule myself to get some new blog posts, videos, tutorials and other content fresh up on these projects? I have...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 22, 2017

I got a treat in the mail yesterday. I bought the merit badge pamphlets for the 4 Air Scout themed merit badges from the 1940s. These blue cover books are really the building blocks of all the advancement that the Air Scout program was put together with. When I display my patch collection I like to include as much historical...Read More

Blind Trade! Council Issued Jamboree Shoulder Patches

The view from my last blind trade. Every pile has a name on it and I go through sorting until everything is swapped around. Now that the Jamboree is a memory do you have some leftover JSPs that are sitting there?  A blind trade is a perfect way to take your dupes and shuffle them around...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 19, 2017

Yesterday I actually broke out my merit badge collection and enjoyed "playing with my patches". Since moving to more of a full time dealer I really haven't spent much time just enjoying my collection so that was a treat. I have many needs but also a great collection that I'm happy with. The guy in my home lodge that is...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 17, 2017

I was able to put two really cool pieces back into the hobby this week! The first one was pictured in the last issue. A non-Scout digger down in Florida turned up an Air Scout Ace medal. We connected through the net and now that fantastic piece is on it's way to a collection where it will be appreciated. This...Read More


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