Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 16, 2019

Tuesday we have our NCAP inspection.  Any of you that have worked as a camp director know how much fun it is to have that visit come on the 2nd day of camp.  But such is the Boy Scout system so we press on. CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE JUNE 16, 2019 ISSUE OF THE SCOUTING HOT FINDS NEWSLETTER

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 04, 2019

I got notification while I'm on vacation that 4 boxes showed up on my doorstep yesterday.  These are from a collection that I have not laid eyes on.  One of the boxes weighs 30 pounds and it cost about $180 to have it all shipped UPS. Can anybody say unboxing!? I've got a few other collection pans in the fire. ...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 07, 2019

After coming home from vacation a few hours later we still made it to my daughter's troop meeting.  Our special visitor for the night is a lady who works for BSA National Supply.  She really wants to visit our girl troop and get ideas about products, uniforms and other merchandise. Some of the girls were very anxious to share with...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter June 02, 2019

As I go to publish this issue news has come out to confirm that indeed ISCA is taking ownership of one our most beloved websites in the hobby -  God I hope they don't screw it up! Let's just say that ISCA has not had the Midas touch the last decade.  From taking on websites that then no longer...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 31, 2019

I guess I've known for some time that Chris would use contacts to help him grow his store.  It wasn't just the people sitting in his warehouse that did all the magic.  Maybe it was one trusted person who could identify and roughly price OA. Maybe another person would take eBay consignments and get some collections up for sale at...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 28, 2019

Have you ever been to a funeral where after the invocation the first speaker had all the former Scouts in the audience stand up and recite the Scout Oath?  It was a somber and moving experience to take part in.  In a packed church about 3-dozen men rose, gave the Scout sign and recited our Oath.  His parents and the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 26, 2019

My daughter's troop was honored to perform the flag ceremony to start the event.  The council had someone there taking drone footage of the crowd which I hope to see soon in a video.  They called this the 1st annual so hopefully next year I can get my son's Cub Scout pack to take part as well. So in typical...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 24, 2019

We are kicking around an idea for a twilight program that some of you might find interesting.  Do any of your camps do a Scouting history talk at camp?  We have a published author that wants to come out and do a talk about the history of Native Americans in the state.  That got me to make some phone calls...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 21, 2019

There are lots of good vintage auctions to pick from in this issue today.  I always start with the oldies because that is where my own collecting passion lies. There is no big OA event this summer so maybe things will cool down for new issues.  Looking ahead some lodges are already issuing 2020 fundraising sets.  I am working up...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 19, 2019

I actually saw patch trading this weekend!  One of the Scouts on staff is the son of one of my contemporaries from back in the day.  His son had some patches spread out including a staff patch from my first summer in 1988.  Looks like I can add patch trading as an evening activity one night! The lodge also held...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 14, 2019

The other store that I've been growing is ScoutPatchHQ.  It is a little confusing to have an eBay account with the same name as my shopify store.  If I get to thinking one day I may change that.  Maybe something like 5dollarpatchstore would be a better user name as that is the strategy I'm going with on that one. My daughter is...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 12, 2019

For those of you that have been in the Scouting game for a while you will appreciate the difference between Year 1 and Year 2.  All the things you didn't know you didn't know versus the experience you gained from being in charge for a year.  That's where I am this weekend as I make plans for training my staff...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 10, 2019

This was the rabbit hole I went down.  As my daughter is going to the WSJ and I'm going to spend some time there as a visitor I've been keeping my eyes on all the updates.  Today I saw this beautiful set pop up.  These are the subcamp patches.  In recent years every Jamboree has had very colorful and attractive...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 7, 2019

I've had fun playing with different patch designs and going back and forth with a shirt company.  But with staff week a little more than a month from now I have to pull the trigger and make the call.  Unfortunately, one company that I spent a lot of time working with fell through.  So Wednesday I'm going to drive down...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 5, 2019

Growing up in the 1980s I really wanted to have my own comic book shop.  I had the collecting bug pretty bad and at one time had several dozen long boxes full of comics that I had either purchased from the store or bought out friends when they were ready to sell.  Sound familiar? It wasn't until my Junior year...Read More

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