Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 22, 2019

Last night I was invited to do a camp promotion in our neighboring council.  I attended the District Committee meeting and gave my pitch at the Round Table.  The York District of the Palmetto Council has a lot to be proud of.  They had about 80 Scouts earn Eagle last year.  Recently five new Scouts BSA all-girl troops have been...Read More

Norfolk VA Trade-O-Ree February 22-23, 2019

John Ortt and Mike Scott invite you to coastal Virginia the weekend of February 22-23, 2019 for the Norfolk TOR. This is one of the longest running TORs in the country having previously moved from Williamsburg, VA over a decade ago. The show features 75+ tables of Scouting memorabilia and draws a crowd from the mid-Atlantic region including from as...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 17, 2019

Saturday I was at Camp Barstow in my role as the camp director meeting with senior staff to plan curriculum and conducting interviews.  I was excited to have 16 Scouts and Scouters come out for interviews some traveling as long as 2 hours to get there. Even though it is February there was a lot of activity at camp.  Our...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 12, 2019

Filmed live at the Crossroads of America Indy TOR Today I've got Episode #14 of Thread Heads published on the website.  In this episode Brad and I are filming live from the Indy TOR.  It's Saturday as things are beginning to wind down and we get behind the camera for about 15 minutes to share stories and pick ups. One...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 15, 2019

Will listing 2-dozen new auctions per day move the needle? Day 6 of sorting in my warehouse begins this morning. I'm literally opening every box and sorting similar things together. My goal is at the Charlotte TOR I can literally bring everything for sale. Oh you want Scout stamps, here is a box for that. You have a collection of...Read More

Thread Heads #14: Live From The Indy TOR

Jason and Brad meet up in person to record Episode #14 of the show at the Indianapolis Trade-O-Ree. Right off the bat they continue the discussion from the last show about what is the difference between a dealer-o-ree and a trade-o-ree. Brad offers his opinions having just been at a pair of TORs back-to-back. One thing that makes this Indy...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 10, 2019

Many of you would recognize the program for the weekend.  Running the scouts through the basics of personal fitness, first aid and Scout skill to start attacking those early rank requirements.  Our Scouts (23 in all this weekend) divided into 3 patrols and bonded through working in the axe yard, running a mile for Tenderfoot and learning what a duty...Read More

Boy Scout Council Shoulder Patch Sorting And Cataloging

When you have almost 2,000 council shoulder patches sorted out alphabetically on a table that's a great time to film a video! But what would make this video interesting is instead use that as a backdrop to walk through the history of cataloging shoulder patches. I start with Bill Price books, move through Prince Watkins books and basically just cover...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio Episode #87: History of Boy Scout Merit Badge Pamphlets With John Smilek

John Smilek says this will be the year. On the 100th anniversary of the first Boy Scouts of America merit badge pamphlet being published he and other collaborators will publish a full reference guide for collecting this niche in the hobby. The guide will include thousands of pictures and a complete explanation of the different types and sub-types issued through...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 05, 2019

One thing John said during the interview hit home.  If you are a merit badge collector (patches) then you have an awful lot in common with someone who collects the pamphlets.  In fact he suggests collecting them parallel as the changes in the MBs is closely reflected in the pamphlets.  And after all you can't learn anything from a patch...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 03, 2019

What makes this TOR special is there is an army of volunteers that run it.  I know it has to be around 12-15 people in grey polo shirts that manned the tables, ran the auction and kept everything moving.  It would be near impossible to match that since most TORs are usually 1 or 2 people really behind the scenes....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 1, 2019

I heard about Earl Fulmer and Marv Gershenfeld and Dave Luebitz and all these colorful characters that I was too young to ever meet in person (apologies if I spelled their names wrong).  We talked about the collections that exchanged hands and how things were done back in the day.  It's amazing to see how far back this hobby goes...Read More

Thread Heads #13: Trade-O-Ree Secret Sauce

The video chat show with hosts Brad England and Jason Spangler returns with an episode filmed immediately after the Dallas Trade-O-Ree in January. In this episode you can hear the results of the catalog presale strategy that Jason tried out prior to the recent South Carolina Trade-O-Ree. Then Brad delivers a Dallas Trade-O-Ree recap. Our main topic of discussion is...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 29, 2019

In this episode our main focus is talking about the secret sauce of Trade-O-Rees.  Both of us are just coming off of having been at shows and this is always a topic of conversation.  How do you get more people to attend them? We both offer up some suggestions. Another topic we hit is a first for the show.  I...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 27, 2019

This time next weekend Scouts BSA will be official.  Any timeline of Scouting history will have to include February 1, 2019.  Here is what I've seen so far.  A pinewood derby where the female Cubs built some awesome cars and placed in their age level and in the Pack top 3.  High school age girls (we have two 16-year olds!)...Read More


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