Scouting Hot Finds Radio Podcast #99 2022 Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree With Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen is once again hosting the Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree and in this interview he shares all the details of the event coming up July 23-25 in Knoxville, TN. The TOR runs Saturday - Monday which means the last day is when all the contingents show up. In the podcast we talk about this bi-annual gathering of the hobby and why...Read More

#98 Scouting Hot Finds Radio Camp Book V2021 With Bob Sherman

Version III of the Camp Book II has been published and my guest is Bob Sherman who is the lead author on the project along with Dave Minnihan and Kevin Doyle. This latest version now tops out at 1600 pages identifying each known Boy Scout camp by alpha, state and council. In the interview Bob shares all the research that...Read More

#97 The History of Cataloging Order of the Arrow Patches with Bill Mulrenin

Order of the Arrow cataloging going back 50 years is the topic of this month’s Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table. Bill Mulrenin served as the New York State Editor on the Blue Book project for the last 3 editions. So in the discussion we take it all the way back to Bill Price books of the 1970s to describe...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio Podcast #96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides With Wiatt Williamson

Wiatt Williamson has cracked the code on how to write a Scouting memorabilia guide book. In his years in the hobby he has written over a dozen guides for Order of the Arrow lodges, councils and camps. In this interview he shares the blueprint and makes an offer to share his easy to use template with everyone out there. I...Read More

#95 Dating And Identifying Boy Scout Memorabilia With Mitch Reis

Mitch Reis has just published the 5th Edition of A Guide To Dating And Identifying Boy Scouts Of America Badges, Uniform, & Insignia. This book is one of the reference "bibles" that all Scouting memorabilia collectors should have on their shelf. There is hardly a topic that is not covered if it was worn on a uniform. In this interview...Read More

#94 Clothtalk The Original Scout Memorabilia Podcast With Chris Brightwell

Perhaps the first podcast I ever listened to back in 2006 was an ambitious project that was launched by some guys out of Coosa Lodge 50 in Alabama. Clothtalk was their idea for an audio podcast that would focus on the hobby of collecting Scouting memorabilia. For 29 episodes these guys brought on guests for interviews, had a Trade-O-Ree correspondent,...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #93 NY State OA Trader Bill Mulrenin

For about 15 years Bill Mulrenin has been a constant on the Internet for the Boy Scout memorabilia collecting hobby. His website at is the prototype for what a niche blog site in our hobby should be. As the New York OA Blue Book Editor he created the site to help share knowledge and also to keep up with...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #92: Refurbishing Vintage BSA Knives and Axes With Bill Chadek

A decade ago Bill Chadek took a gamble on a Boy Scout pocket knife. He cleaned up a beat up old knife and brought it back to life with elbow grease, sandpaper, and lots of polishing. This was the beginning of a side business refurbishing vintage BSA pocket knives, sheath knives and hand axes. Today his completed projects sell at...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #91 Collecting Early OA Odd Shapes With Russell Smart

For several decades Russell Smart was on a mission. He came up with a simple enough goal. Can I get the first patch issued by the oldest lodge in every state? That rabbit hole of collecting led him to add other needs to the list but eventually he was able to get that impossible collection about 93% complete. In our...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #90 Spirit of Jamboree with Doug Schwab

2019 World Scout Jamboree Spirit of Jamboree Museum At the 2019 World Scout Jamboree held in the United States Doug Schwab helped to staff the Spirit of Jamboree Museum. In this interview we talk about his experience and the book he published that documented the once in a lifetime display of Scouting memorabilia from the World Scout Jamboree. The book...Read More

#89 Roots: Looking Ahead To Building A Consistent Boy Scout Memorabilia Podcast

The first episode of the Scouting Hot Finds Radio in almost a year should be the launching pad for a real rebirth of the podcast. I know I am guilty of saying that a few times over the last couple of years but I'm laying down roots to make this podcast sustainable. In this episode you will hear about 3...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

Scouting Hot Finds Radio: John Pannell Interview The Complete Story With John Pannell When I launched the Scouting Hot Finds Radio podcast in 2011 one of the first big names I landed as a guest was John Pannell. My interview with him was eventually broken up into 3 episodes of the Podcast (#12, #13, #14) with the final one being a 1-hour live show. Many collectors...Read More

#88 Boy Scout History Museums With Rick Stewart

Listen to "#88 Boy Scout History Museums With Rick Stewart" on Spreaker. Rick Stewart has been writing a quarterly article for the ISCA Journal on the topic of Scouting museums going on four years now. During a 20+ career as a professional Scouter and more as a volunteer he can also claim to have visited the National Scout Museum at...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio Episode #87: History of Boy Scout Merit Badge Pamphlets With John Smilek

John Smilek says this will be the year. On the 100th anniversary of the first Boy Scouts of America merit badge pamphlet being published he and other collaborators will publish a full reference guide for collecting this niche in the hobby. The guide will include thousands of pictures and a complete explanation of the different types and sub-types issued through...Read More

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