Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 12, 2019

The NC Cardinal Conclave will have upwards of 1200+ arrowmen attending this weekend from just 6 lodges.  One of the really unique ways they get this kind of participation is by having an online registration.  Instead of going through each individual lodge with arbitrary cut-off dates they have allowed people to sign up as recently as last week.  Sure the...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 9, 2019

Another plug for building relationships going to TORs.  This weekend I connected someone from NC looking for some really vintage stuff.  I sent him to Woody Woodruff who specializes in the really good old stuff.  Afterwards the collector said thanks Woody told him that's the kind of stuff that doesn't show up for sale on eBay but you have to...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 07, 2019

I really only slowed down enough one time to take pictures of the action.  Friday night we had 22 Scouts take Collections merit badge.  Special thanks to our counselor Stuart Tucker who opened up the class to all comers and got a big crowd. The concessions were handled by our new Scouts BSA girl troop and Russell Smart commented privately...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 05, 2019

Thursday night we got the fellowship hall set up with the 100 tables for the event.  With this being a pack sponsored fundraiser we had a team of adult volunteers that made light work.  This morning I will soon be back at it getting my tables set up and welcoming the table vendors who will start rolling in after lunch....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 02, 2019

My show and tell item for the talk was a square merit badge sash.  I told them that their great grandfather could have worn this sash then looked at some of the older Scoutmasters in the room and asked them if the sash looked familiar.  :) My giveaway item for this group was merit badge pamphlets with a TOR card...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 31, 2019

For better or worse at the last two Crossroads of America TORs (Indy) I ended up buying all their uniform pieces at the end of the show for a good deal.  As a kid I can remember how all my OA buddies thought it was cool in the late 1980s to have a vintage green uniform shirt.  On camp staff...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 29, 2019

In Episode #84 of Scouting Hot Finds Radio I interviewed Stuart Tucker who is the merit badge counselor teaching next Friday at the TOR.  He shared a resource packet that he created to help teach the merit badge.  So when I emailed him the other day about this idea he said go for it.  The requirement asks, "Find out about career opportunities...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 26, 2019

At last night's pack meeting I had one more opportunity to pitch it to the Scouting families at our church.  Between the pack and three troops sponsored by the church there are around 175 kids involved in Scouting. If we can get those folks to turn out in good numbers that will be a win for walk-in traffic which is...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 22, 2019

You may not have noticed but is you sit on our side of the table the change to only allowing GTC listings for fixed price is a big shift.  Brad had been using an interesting strategy to rotate the inventory in his store.  Now this change will make it much more of a challenge to manually play that dance to...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 24, 2019

The other lady had a bombshell medal.  What are the chances someone pings you out of the blue with an Air Scout Type 1 Ace medal?  I couldn't believe really I'm not really convinced it's authentic.  But I'm going down the rabbit hole to see what her interest is in parting with it etc.   Of course her email...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 19, 2019

The deal has been on Sunday's after church she is supposed to spend a few hours adding stuff and during the week keep things shipped out.  Then she gets 1/2 of the sales while dad pays for all the fees, stamps etc and gives her all the inventory she can handle.  Sounds like a great opportunity right?  Hmmmm So today...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 12, 2019

I am in the middle of a 4-day push to get the word out locally about the Charlotte TOR.  Last night I delivered a box of mugs with cards and fliers to the Troop 33 Court of Honor.  Tonight I'm taking old Scout Handbooks with cards and fliers to the Troop 133 meeting.  Wednesday I'll be passing out cards at a...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 10, 2019

One fun thing we did in the class was a live unboxing of a collection that I had received before Christmas but never opened.  The big priority mail box had been sitting on my shelf for months so I used my knife and cut it open at the end of class and then gave away some of the memorabilia inside...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 08, 2019

The syllabus for the class is your typical topics such as ethics, storage, collecting interests.  I got asked to teach the class about 48 hours ago so I'm scrambling a little bit but I think I can just about wing it and cover everything.  However, if anybody has a pre-made slide show they want to email I will take it. ...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 05, 2019

It was probably sometime in the 1990s when I put together my campfire blanket partly inspired by a conversation with this Scouter.  Sadly I have not updated my blanket since 2006 but it might be time for me to pick that up again and try and finish the blanket.  I think at some point the hours of hand stitching patches...Read More

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