Scouting Hot Finds Insiders

For over a decade the Scouting Hot Finds has delivered you content to help preserve and share the tradition of collecting Scouting memorabilia. The signature email newsletter was first published in 2010 followed by our Podcast the next year. Over on YouTube we have published dozens of videos to keep the excitement going for Scout patch collectors. Our fans, like...Read More

Generational Boy Scout Collection Unboxing 1930s – 1970s

This collection might be a first! The guy who agreed to send it to me has actually watched many of my unboxing videos. In fact we talked a little about how I would present it here and I think the way he packaged it showed an extra level of care. Turns out his dad actually earned the rank of Eagle...Read More

OA Legacy Collection – OA Patches Before The Flaps

After the founding of the Order of the Arrow in 1915, some of the original lodges issued patches as early as the 1920s. By the 1950s most lodges had produced one or more of these “odd shapes” for wear on the OA sash or uniform pocket. In the mid-1940s, Ajapeu Lodge 33 in Doylestown PA produced the first "odd shape"...Read More

40 Pounds of Boy Scout Patches To Unbox

Once again I was contacted by a Scouter that was looking for someone who would appreciate and find a new home for his Scouting collection. This collection came in 3 boxes and weighed more than 40 pounds. He sent it to me on preview so that I could evaluate what he had and make him a fair offer. Since filming...Read More

Turning A Boy Scout Patch Collection Into Projects To Help Camp

This was an unusual trip to Lowe's Home Improvement! I was contacted by an older Scouter who wanted to sell his collection to me. I get calls and emails like this all the time and that is what keeps my business running. However, this generous Scouter didn't really need the proceeds and wanted to donate the money to a good...Read More

Scout Collection From Idaho 1960s-70s Unboxing

I love getting time capsule collections! I define these as small collections that have everything a Scouter has held on to for years. Many of these guys never got back involved with the program but they held on to their Scouting treasures for decades. Who know how many times they moved over the years and always put that box back...Read More

Time Machine – What Patch Trading Looked Like Before Covid

This was too good not to share.  Among the very first efforts I made into blogging and making videos was a now retired website called  For that event I made videos at the Pre-NOAC TOR and of patch trading during the event.  It was a feeding frenzy as it often is after the show.  Usually around 10 PM hundreds...Read More

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing x2 – Pennsylvania OA and Jamboree

In my latest unboxing video I have 2 different collections that both came in from PA. The first is a small box of 100% Order of the Arrow issues which was a total mystery to me. The second box was from a Scouter who I shared something unique in common with. We both attended the 1989 National Scout Jamboree as...Read More

This was a really unusual collection for me to purchase. Essentially it was a mother/son collection. The mom was super active and served on the staff of both the 2010 and 2013 National Scout Jamborees. Her son was on the OA Service Corps at the 2010 National Jamboree. But what really got me excited to purchase this collection from them...Read More

Best Hobby Pages Offers New Large Format Portfolio Binder

I recently sold a consignment collection that was stored in these giant portfolio binders that have been off the market for a few years.  After some research I sourced them from the supplier and now have them for sale at If you have very large patches and no way to display them then this portfolio binder might be just...Read More

Mystery Boy Scout Collection Unboxing Video

I got in this 20 pound box which has the trading stock of an old friend in the hobby who has since passed. His family reached out to me and we made a deal for me to purchase the collection. However, as you will see in this unboxing video when I opened the box I had little idea what was...Read More

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing 3 Generation Virginia Family Box

I often meet people online who are looking to recycle a Scouting collection back into the movement when nobody in their family is interested in keeping it. This collection came from Virginia but the items were probably from Scouts in Pennsylvania or maybe Ohio based on the patches I found. What's neat about this collection is that it's from multiple...Read More

One Way To Recycle A Boy Scout Collection Back Into The Movement

35 pounds of Boy Scout patches arrived at my warehouse in Charlotte, NC this week and I honestly had no clue what was coming. I am a Scouting memorabilia collector and enjoy recycling these items back into the hands of other Scouts and Scouters through my website and social media. So when an Eagle Scout who was up in age...Read More

Boy Scout Council Shoulder Patch Sorting And Cataloging

When you have almost 2,000 council shoulder patches sorted out alphabetically on a table that's a great time to film a video! But what would make this video interesting is instead use that as a backdrop to walk through the history of cataloging shoulder patches. I start with Bill Price books, move through Prince Watkins books and basically just cover...Read More

Boy Scout Patch Collection Picking Trip

Ride along as I share video shot during an epic picking trip. When the day started I thought I was only getting one collection but a timely text message sent me a little further down the interstate to pick a 2nd collection while I was on the road. I often hear from families that have Scouting stuff that nobody in...Read More

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