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

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 11, 2020

  I heard the idea floated of a virtual TOR.  This might sound a little crazy except basically it was done 20 years ago by Deryl Radder.  Some of you might remember that I interviewed him before he passed on my podcast.  We talked about his Y2K TOR which took place over the New Year in 2000. Certainly these days the technology...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 8, 2020

  This weekend on Facebook there were some posts sharing images of the 2010 museum that Sam Fairchild organized at  the Centennial Jamboree.  The posts led to discussions about needs, tough issues and memories of the event.  This reminded me that I need to do devote some time to my displays which has been a very hot and cold project. ...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 6, 2020

  On January 21, 2019 I published an episode of my Scouting Hot Finds Radio podcast featuring an interview for John Athayde who is the primary driver behind the project. The show notes from that episode include some of the interesting origins and details of the project.  What I really like is that reminiscent of the Blue Book effort this is a...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 4, 2020

This week I leveraged Facebook to try and catch up on the last 8 years of camp patches from my home camp. It looks like I last displayed my collection at the 2012 lodge Winter Banquet.  One of my struggles was just finding out what has been issued.  I think with the help of some of the active Scouters and...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 01, 2020

I spent several days sorting out these pages by manufacturer, size and condition.  Some of these I have in a giveaway box that I will take to future Scouting events to share with youth collectors just getting started.  Others I could easily use as part of my Trade-O-Ree set up in order to sell items. But what I needed was...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 30, 2020

My mother always needs sewing projects to pass the time.  When all this started she made 100 masks for her church so that they would have them available at worship if anyone forgot theirs at home.  So about a month or so ago I visited her and brought a tote full of vintage BSA neckerchiefs.  She figured out a way...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 28, 2020

When I got back into the camp game after an almost 20 year absence I discovered that its a very competitive landscape.  When I was a Scout in the 1980s my troop would never have considered going out of council to summer camp.  Now it's kinda a badge of honor that you run a strong program.  So for Camp Barstow...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 23, 2020

This one started with an unusual Facebook message from a college student here in NC that was on my friends list. "do you buy oa mugs"?  Now normally I would try to make that question into some kinda joke but I politely replied back "well it depends on what ya got".  So from there the story began. Turns out a...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 25, 2020

I just love opening up these time capsule collections.  I define that as a collection that is unspoiled and has everything he held onto over the decades.  I can only guess he kept his sash and Eagle medal as these were not part of the group I got.  There are a few things from this group that will go in...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 21, 2020

Sunday I'm meeting with the other dads in my son's Webelos Den to come up with the calendar for our AOL year as 5th graders.  So far the church is still not letting anybody use the property (thanks COVID) so we are going to have to get creative and use the great outdoors. I am mailing in an order today...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 18, 2020

During quarantine (or whatever we now call this period of mostly staying home) it might be a good idea for some of you to start up a website and share your knowledge.  I actually have a great interview with Glenn Chase on my podcast that might give you some inspiration.  For 20 years now Glenn has run the Scout Patch Collector's Base Camp website...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 16, 2020

I am a member of several Facebook groups for eBay sellers and yesterday the topic of selling on consignment came up.  Somebody had been approached by a friend about selling for them.  The universal answer was people who have never sold on eBay don't realize how time consuming it is.  Most sellers have had bad experiences with consignment and their...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 14, 2020

I shared a video on my website of patch trading at the 2009 NOAC.  This was a feeding frenzy as it always is after the show ends and all the traders meet up at the designated spot.  In 2009 it was Reed Hall and boy there just wasn't enough room.  It will be some time before we see that kinda trading again....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


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