Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 30, 2020

    This afternoon I'm driving to Camp Coker to participate in the Santee Lodge Fall Fellowship.  Tonight we have a Preordeal ceremony and the Vigil.  It has been probably 3 years since I've been able to attend a fellowship.  In that time I've had so many Scouting weekends with my son's packs, daughter's troop and Camp Barstow.  I'm still...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 27, 2020

    I am buying a small collection today at a field hockey game! I reached out to a guy via FB and we eventually settled on him driving over to Charlotte to let me buy a box of stuff from him.  The timing worked out where during the 30 minutes that my daughter will be warming up before her...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 23, 2020

    Growing up I spent 7 summers on staff at Camp Coker and countless weekends there for OA events.  Some years ago I did some quick math and figured out that I have spent more than a year of my life (365+nights) at that camp.  So I am very excited to bring my son and his patrol to my...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 20, 2020

    As you may know eBay doesn't allow you to send an email address or even a phone numbers through their messaging service.  So that makes pursuing this kind of lead a little tricky.  Back in the day (and I mean a long time ago) a lot of people sold things off eBay to avoid fees.  But now eBay...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 18, 2020

    I read this week about the launch by another collector of an eBay alternative called  As perhaps the self named king of eBay alternatives over the last decade I can say good luck as I've been down that road.  For those of you that remember to any number of other attempts I've made to go around eBay....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 02 2020

  In our troop we use Discord at kinda a troop message board.  One of the Scouts set it up and it seems to be a platform that the Scout use to just chill.  But I guess I can see some of the same elements that have made the Scout Patch Collectors grow to over 17k people. Ironically I got...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 06, 2020

  Today I will be getting fresh inventory up on eBay.  Over the last few weeks I've got several boxes of OA, Jamboree etc scanned and ready to go.  As one person commented on Facebook today, "you have to treat it like a job" so I will be punching the clock and listing all day.   Do you have this...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 13, 2020

  Well just to fill you in it was like a miracle.  With the remnants of Delta drenching the east coast on Sunday about 2 hours before our Open House started the clouds parted and we had blue skies during the entire 4-hour event.  Later that night on my back to Charlotte there was a tornado watch.  So literally you...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter October 04, 2020

    There is a nice community among the camp directors and professional Scouters who are in the camp game.  I got to catch up with some of them this weekend.  A few guys have been working at the same camps for years and years.  This will be my 4th at Camp Barstow.  Yes I count 2020 as one of...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 27, 2020

  I spoke with Russell Smart this week about some projects he has been working on.  One of which was the successful summer that the Summit had in camping more Scouts and units than they ever had previously.  They did so without any incidents of COVID which is a testament to their procedures and staff.  He has been doing a...Read More

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

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

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