Scouting Hot Finds Live Episode #7: Traveling Boy Scout History Displays

In this episode you will see how Ryan Losonsky has developed his model for a traveling Boy Scout history display that is adaptable to the audience. He also shares ideas for how you can get invited to display which in some ways is a challenge as well. We also discuss the notion that perfection can be the enemy of getting...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Live Episode #5: Ryan Losonsky Boy Scout History Displays

In this episode of Scouting Hot Finds Live you will get to see some Boy Scout collection unboxings. One of these was from the 2005 National Scout Jamboree. The other was from a 1970s Eagle Scout. Of course we will pick last weeks giveaway winner and show you how to sign up this weeks giveaway on a set of souvenir...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Live Episode #4: Russell Smart Eagle Scout Display

In this episode of the show I am back with some great content. The highlight is an interview with Russell Smart at the Charlotte Trade-O-Ree. He came to the event with an amazing display of Scouting history. His focus was the 20 plus iterations of which merit badges were required for the rank of Eagle Scout. So in each frame...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Live Episode 2: Adult Opportunities At The 2023 National Jamboree

In this episode of the show you can here more from the 2023 National Jamboree Chairman Tico Perez. In this segment Tico discusses innovative ways the BSA has thrown out the old rule book about how a Jamboree is run. This includes the opportunity for ANY Scouter to attend with a troop or on staff. He shares that in this...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Live Episode 1: 2023 Boy Scout National Jamboree

If you are a Scouting memorabilia collector this is the show for you! Watch the first episode of my new weekly show Scouting Hot Finds Live. You will not want to miss everything I have packed into a 30-minute live stream including an unboxing, cool giveaway, and an interview with the 2023 National Scout Jamboree Chairman Tico Perez. The link...Read More

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

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