Thread Heads Episode #12: Relaunching The Show

The Boy Scout collectors show is back after a long hiatus. Brad England and Jason Spangler are the co-founders of the largest online community for Scouting memorabilia collectors. Thread Heads is a video blog show that hits topics that members of the Scout Patch Collectors facebook group will enjoy. In episode #12 you can hear Brad discuss some recent comments...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 11, 2019

Take a Coffee Mug No Please Take Another One man's junk is another man's treasure!  In the collecting community Scouting coffee mugs are kinda a curse.  Many of us have boxes of them through purchasing collections or just years spent in the program.  Last night I discovered that at a round table meeting featuring dozens of Scouting volunteers mugs are...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 8, 2019

85 Scouting History Data Crunching With Mike Clinch This morning I published episode #85 of my Scouting Hot Find Radio podcast.  Some of you may not be familiar with my guest Mike Clinch but we will all come to appreciate his effort to document and publish Scouting history of councils, lodges and camps. I became a fan of his work...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #85: Scouting History Data Crunching With Mike Clinch

Mike Clinch is a great example of a Scouter and collector who is willing to invest hundreds of hours of his own time into building something for others. A few years ago he published an amazing two volume set of books detailing in color the merger history of all Boy Scout councils and OA lodges. Teaming up with the likes...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 6, 2019

The Video Blog Cast with Brad England Returns One question I get over and over in talking with collectors was when is Thread Heads coming back? Back in November of 2014 Brad England and I debuted a 30-minute video call show. The concept was pretty simple - get two patch collectors talking with short segments to keep the show structured....Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 4, 2019

1st TOR of 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC Saturday Later today I'm driving about 3.5 hours to the Santee Lodge 116 TOR in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Along the way I'll drive through two towns where I worked for a total of 5 years when I was teaching in some of the most rural school districts in the state.  I think...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 1, 2019

How an email a decade ago changed my life 10 years! The first Hot Finds Newsletter came out 10 years ago in January 2009. I have never tried to keep up with how many I've published over the years but safe to say it's over 1,000 and still going. The very first Hot Finds was meant to push people to...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

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 28, 2018

Take a look at the auctions ending this weekend Yesterday we had a super productive work shop with many of the key staff members at Camp Barstow to plan curriculum. In 2019 we have 15 different programs and over 1/2 of them were represented in the meeting by the key staff member leading that piece. We are miles ahead of...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 21, 2018

Previewing the Dallas National Trade-O-Ree with Ron Aldridge Today I've got a preview of one of the big TORs coming up in the new year. In my interview with Ron Aldridge you can get all the details on the Dallas National TOR coming up the last weekend in January. This continues my push on the website to help promote TORs...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 23, 2018

Closing out 2018 with a bang tonight With this being the last Sunday before Christmas its a natural day to end auctions in the category. With so many people visiting family or otherwise tied up next week I expect today to be a banner day for listings to wrap up. Last night we had Christmas dinner with my side of...Read More

41st Dallas National Trade-O-Ree January 25-26, 2019

The Grapevine Texas Convention Center will once again be the host site of the 41st Dallas National Trade-O-Ree in early 2019. In this video Ron Aldridge shares many of the details of the event and explains what makes it a national event for the Scouting memorabilia community. Some of the unique aspects are a Thursday night get-together for collectors hosted...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #84: Teaching Scouting Heritage & Collections Merit Badge With Stuart Tucker

Listen to "#84: Teaching Scouting Heritage & Collections Merit Badge With Stuart Tucker" on Spreaker. Scouting collectors who have spent time learning about Scouting history have an obvious way to give back to the program. Collections merit badge allows a Scout to take a patch collection and with the right coaching fulfill the requirements. Scouting Heritage teaches Scouts about our...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 14, 2018

Last night I got another hat to wear in Scouting. I volunteered to serve on the troop committee in my daughters new Scouts BSA Troop 233 that is being formed in Charlotte. I am eminently qualified for the position of communications secretary responsible for setting up an email system and getting the word out for this brand new troop.  ...Read More

South Carolina Trade-O-Ree January 18-19, 2019

Listen as Chris Jensen shares details on the South Carolina Trade-O-Ree to be held in Easley, SC on January 18-19, 2019. Streamwood has been hosting this event for decades now and always puts on a good show. Come out for the silent auctions, nearly 100 tables of Scouting vendors and to see Scouting history on display. Friday night features free...Read More


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