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

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

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

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

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

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 25, 2019

Tonight my family has some racing to do.  As in it's time for the pinewood derby at our pack.  With 100 Cubs I can only say thank goodness we have an electronic timer on the track and a fancy computer software that tracks everything.  I think each cub gets to run in 4 races which is still going to be...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 22, 2019

The new episode is an interview with John Athayde who is a computer software developer and Virginia OA collector.  He had the idea for the project several years ago but it was actually an episode of the podcast I published in February of 2012 that almost made him abandon the project before he started. In that episode of the podcast...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 20, 2019

I am home from another successful South Carolina TOR hosted by Chris Jensen.  During the weekend I was able to visit with so many old friends and even make some new ones.  A midnight run to Waffle House being one of those opportunities.  With Dallas and Indy up next on the calendar the TOR season is really in full swing....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 18, 2019

South Carolina Trade-O-Ree this Weekend  Making history last night!  We had 25 female Scouts attend our Commitment night last night for Troop 233 in Charlotte.  It was rainy so the Scoutmaster had them out under the shelter going over how to pack for a camping trip.  Most of these girls have turned in applications and will be ready to roll...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 15, 2019

The Video Blog Cast with Brad England returns One question I get over and over in talking with collectors was when is Thread Heads coming back? Back in November of 2014 Brad England and I debuted a 30-minute video call show.  The concept was pretty simple - get two patch collectors talking with short segments to keep the show structured. ...Read More

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