Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 28, 2016

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For a long time now I’ve known this day was coming and I was not as prepared as I should have been. I have been putting together my classic Boy Scout stuff in a portfolio specifically so I could display it on a table top and show it to a Scout at an event (or in this case an interview). But what I lacked was the text to make the story of the patches come alive.

So for example I showed him my collection of Senior Scouting items. I flipped through the 1930s era patches and made it to the 1940s Air Scouts. However, my portfolio was just the labeled patches. What I was lacking was some text or my own stump speech to piece it all together to a 12 year old Scout or to make it match up with his experience of Scouting.

I’m sure there is a balance between writing an essay in small print that no Scout will read versus just having the patches out of context. Sounds like a discussion for the Facebook group set up to talk about displays and preservation. But if anyone has an example of how they’ve tried to strike this balance I’d love to see it.

This week I’ve been running a 50% off sale in my category for Boy Scout camp memorabilia. Some of the patches get down under $2 when the discount kicks in. My eBay store now has just under 8,000 items listed from a peak of over 10,000. I’ve been trying to clear out inventory rather than moving everything this summer.

 

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