Boy Scout Merit Badge Patch Recycling To Save Troops Money

In my warehouse I have accumulated thousands of modern era Boy Scout merit badge patches from buying collections. Whereas many collectors are not interested in these I have come to discover that the best way to recycle these may be getting them back into the hands of Scout troops. These plastic back modern design patches are still serviceable and can...Read More

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing – Texas District Scout Executive 1980s-1990s

You never know what you are going to find when you unbox the collection of a District Executive. These folks are literally the hardest working people in the movement tasked with recruiting troops running events and raising money to support the council. This collection came to me from Texas and belonged to a long time District Executive there. One of...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 26, 2023

My week at the PTC is off to a good start. The accommodations have been great and the fellow Scouters in my section of camp school are interesting and engaged. Friday I got to visit the National Scout Museum and the trading post. I can say the only thing I bought in the tp was ChapStick but I did drool...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 24, 2023

  I have been reminded as a Scout don't put a lot of faith in a 50/50 forecast several days out. We have had beautiful weather here in New Mexico so far. This morning my wife is dropping me off at the PTC and she is flying home. My MIL has been watching the kids and it was reported my...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 21, 2023

  I am about to turn 50 in a few short days but before that happens I will strike one off my bucket list by going to Philmont. I have shared before in the newsletter that I didn't grow up in a "hiking troop" and nobody in my Air Force Base troop ever hiked Philmont as a kid. As an...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 19, 2023

  Yesterday was a rare meet-up for me. Two brothers came to Charlotte to bring me their parent's Scouting collection. Both parents had been active including the dad serving as a council commissioner. The boxes contained books, t-shirts, patches, and more. It's not as easy for me to recycle some of that but since they were bringing these items from...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 17, 2023

  Early next week I'm hopping on a plane with my wife to fly out to Albuquerque for a short vacation prior to National Camp School at Philmont. On the advice of several of you (thanks!) we are spending a few days in Santa Fe. The weather is going to be crap but it is march in a high elevation...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 14, 2023

  I got to the office Monday to discover I had indeed won an Oscar. At least in the eyes of my very sweet employee Claudia who went all out decorating the office Sunday night to surprise me. While the Fabelmans didn't bring home the trophy Sunday night this one will sit on my desk and put a smile on...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 12, 2023

  I am getting home and on the Hot Finds publishing a little late today. I attended the Spring Inductions weekend for the new lodge born out of the merger of Santee and Muscogee. The attendance was very good and we welcomed over 50 new Ordeals into the lodge. I shared on Facebook this cool flap (above) that I got...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 10, 2023

  This weekend I'll be attending the first lodge event for Muscogee 116. The two predecessor lodges had already celebrated 80th anniversaries so it will be interesting to see these two proud families come together. This first one up is an Inductions weekend with some conclave prep built into the schedule as well.   On the patch front, I did...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 7, 2023

  Yesterday I finished my agonizing sort of modern era merit badges. I now have a few thousand merit badges sorted by title, era, and condition. This week one of my helpers will photograph everything and soon thereafter I will get them up on my Shopify Store. These are the designs still used by the BSA with plastic backing so...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 5, 2023

  Last night I brought back from the dead an old eBay account that came with buying Best Hobby Pages. Joe started it back in 2009 but didn't use it too much (feedback of 138). I have had access to it for years but on a whim last night I converted everything over to my information and listed my 1st...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter March 3, 2023

  My project for the last two days (YouTube Video) has been very satisfying although I probably couldn't pay most of you to suffer through this sort. I am taking thousands of modern era plastic backed merit badges and getting them listed online. My main goal is to help Scout troop's be thrifty by recycling these patches. I'm confirming condition,...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter – February 17

I've missed some issues lately which is very uncharacteristic. I've been putting out the newsletter since January of 2009 (or is it 2010?) and have not missed many. This week I have been keeping my head down working diligently on a listing project. One of my goals is to get as much of my inventory listed as possible so that's...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Live #11: How To Identify and Sort Your Boy Scout Rank Patches

Have you ever looked at your Boy Scout collection and struggled to figure out what the small differences among common rank and position patches mean? In this episode of the show we go into a deep dive on how to identify and sort your BSA rank patches using the leading reference books in the hobby. It's a fun rabbit hold...Read More


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