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

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 3, 2019

I doubt it's a well kept secret that most of the big eBay dealers in our hobby have multiple accounts.  For years I've done this myself.  Some guys are very patient and only list items when eBay hands out 100 or 500 free listings at random times during the month.  The most extreme version I think I've heard of is...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 30, 2019

This past weekend I was too zonked after returning from our pack camping trip to get out a newsletter.  We had over 100 people attend the trip including a big mix of boy and girl cubs.  One of the treats for the weekend (besides the perfect weather) was the local shooting sports committee allowed us to get in some BB...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 26, 2019

I've been working with my graphic artist friend and the patch company to nail down exactly what we need for camp.  With about 6 weeks until campers arrive this is crunch time.  My other curve ball is this summer we are rolling out a new model of program where we have 15 different tracks a Scout can take at camp....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 23, 2019

So apparently one camp had a tradition called "Throwback Thursday" where the camp staff would wear vintage uniforms that day only.  At my camp we typically are only in Class A (can I still call it that?) at the evening meal.  So outfitting the whole staff in those classic green shirts and shorts just might be possible with what I...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2019

Dale Blomberg wrote back that he would like to see a show that covers a database program for keeping inventory of your collection.  Ironically about 5+ years ago I met a very smart guy at the Dallas TOR who had almost perfected a very good system.  I don't think he ever brought it to market.  I suspect he was trying...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 16, 2019

I prefer not to go back to the well and interview folks that have been on the show before unless they have something totally new to share.  I listen to a lot of podcasts that do that but they usually have a show every week so eventually they have to circle back familiar faces.  I know there are some veterans...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 14, 2019

This weekend was pretty stormy in the south and we got our share of rain on this trip.  Saturday morning especially everything got a good soaking.  But we were able to still complete the planned orienteering course and hike close to 6 miles total after the rain paused. At the end of the month my next unit camping trip will...Read More


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