Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2020

Some of you might find this interesting.  Yesterday I did some eBay algebra.  They opened the gates this month and gave store sellers 50k free listings.  So the nice thing for me is I consistently run over the "free" listings my store subscriptions provide.  So the math puzzle is what is the optimal number of listings compared to the hit...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 19, 2020

One long overdue patch project I've started is cleaning up my stores.  Because of the way I list patches I don't start off with items having assigned categories in the store.  Yesterday when I looked at OApatch I saw that about 25% of the items were listed in the "other" category.  So after some house cleaning I've cut that in half and...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 17, 2020

The call regarding summer camps was very helpful and supportive.  I got some great ideas about how to engage my summer camp staff online and even begin doing some required training. The outlook for National Camp School is more challenging but they are offering some courses and also being rigidly flexible regarding waivers.  As for the million dollar question, "will...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 12, 2020

I really wish I had taken some pictures of the sorting job that my son and I tackled Friday.  It was a sight with 30+ plastic containers labeled with every letter in the alphabet (you gotta do 2 for some letters like C, G, M, and S).  We sorted 9 boxes of SAPs into these in total probably 1500-1800 patches....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 14, 2020

Yesterday my son finished a two day project to sort JSPs by year.  This is only a small portion of the overall project but you can see the progress.  The next step is to take each box and organize by council name and combine dupes. This is a merger of all the loose JSPs I've had from trading over the...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 10, 2020

This will be live on Facebook on my page and in the Scout Patch Collectors.  Make sure you are registered (1 time only required) on my website and enable the system to send you messages so you can comment sold.  As a refresher during the sale I will present items from a big OA collection one at a time and you can purchase them...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 07, 2020

Yesterday while sorting three boxes that were labeled "collection" I came across these two.  Now for 99.9% of you this is not cause for excitement.  But for my fellow lodge brother Nathan Kohler these two obscure event patches were 2/3 of his final lodge needs.  I mailed both patches to him after working out a quick deal.  He has agreed...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 29, 2020

Back in 2013 I interviewed Deryl for my podcast Scouting Hot Finds Radio.  That became a 2-part series that told the history of his Scouting Collectors Society and the Y2K TOR.  This morning I built a post on my website that has both of those episodes served up and ready for you to listen to.  How strange that we are recycling these...Read More

Remembering The Original Online TOR

With all the Corona crap affecting the country I recently saw on Facebook where John Pleasants was proposing to host an online video zoom to facilitate some virtual trades and a sense of connection. It's a great idea and I may even try and take part if my family schedule allows.   But it also got me thinking about my...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 03, 2020

I have not been able to really display my collection since 2014.  That was the year that while hosting the Dixie Fellowship I worked with Darrin Thomas (with help from Russell Smart) to put together a really impressive weekend museum at camp for the conclave. I spent $1k on frames and untold hours.  My video on this project is probably my most...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 31, 2020

I have seen more traffic on the Patch-L list serve than I have in years.  That is to say 5-10 emails some days when honestly that many per week prior to this was the norm.  On Facebook in the Scout Patch Collectors we have had 1,793 posts this month which is a 9% increase.  So far this month 10,529 of...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 29, 2020

First up this is a great opportunity to organize your collections.  Scott Wheeler in Michigan has been doing just that and sharing posts online of his progress.  Maybe you have a niche collection where everything is thrown in a ziplock bag. Scott's theory is get it out, create a checklist and share that to see if others can help out...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 27, 2020

Yesterday I was on a conference call regarding summer camp for over an hour.  At this point with it still a couple of months away we are planning on holding camp but also talking about what precautions we can take to improve hygiene and advanced medical screening.  When life does go back to normal it may look a little different...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 24, 2020

In my new office I have talked to my wife about setting up a room for the kids to have a classroom.  My 4th grader especially is hoping to have a pretty normal stream of online assignments.  My 10th grader is enjoying not waking up early and doesn't quite know what to expect with high school classes so far. I...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 22, 2020

There has been a great thread on the Patch-L listserve where people are naming and thanking those who influenced them in the hobby.  Now mind you they are talking about people who have mostly passed away but the kindness and willingness to help others get started are not forgotten. My takeaway is how many Scouts and Scouters can you help...Read More


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