#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 OAimages.com Interview

OAimages.com 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

Scouting Hot Finds Radio Episode #86: Patchvault.org Interview with John Athayde

John Athayde and his collaborators on Patchvault.org are ready to turn back control of Order of the Arrow memorabilia listing to the people. With a background in software and a core group of collectors supporting the effort they have expanded the site from it's roots as Virginia OA specific to now include about 70 lodges. What sets this site apart...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

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

SHF Radio Episode #83: National Scouting Historian Summit with Bill Topkis and Jeff Morley

The National Scouting Historian Summit will take place June 9-15, 2019 at the Philmont Training Center. This week long course will teach over 100 Scouts and Scouters the rules, tools and strategies needed to preserve and share Scouting history in your troop, lodge, council and community. In this interview the two co-leads Bill Topkis and Jeff Morley share the details...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #82: Doing A Good Turn With Andrew Silverstone

Andrew Silverstone could teach us all a thing or two about the Scout Oath and Law. When he heard that some Scouts had lost their patches at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree he sprang into action organizing rescue boxes. Using social media he gathered donations and made sure that these Scouts first experience with trading patches wasn't a disappointment. In...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Radio #81: Scott Wheeler 2017 Jamboree Checklist

 Scott Wheeler is a Boy Scout memorabilia collector who has a collection with over 100,000 unique items. The only way he can keep track of all these items is by creating checklists. That has led him to create the best 2017 National Jamboree checklist of council issued items. By Scott's estimation there are around 2000 items issued for this...Read More

SHF Radio #80: Patch Trading Tips For The 2017 National Jamboree with Nick Wolf

Nick Wolf, the Patch King, has a Top 10 list just for folks headed to the Jamboree. As a veteran trader of several Jambos now Nick has come up with ten important tips he shares with the listeners. I was able to sprinkle in some stories and commentary on Nick's list to give you some good examples. The bottom line...Read More

SHF Radio #79: Why Collect Boy Scout Patches

In getting ready to host a Boy Scout memorabilia show (we like to call them Trade-O-Rees) I was asked by the troop committee chairman to come give a patch trading class to the Scouts of Troop 33. Episode 79 is the audio of that patch collecting talk that I gave to about two-dozen Scouts ranging from fresh Tenderfoots to high...Read More

SHF Radio #78: Girl Scout Memorabilia Collecting with Becky Byrns

Becky Byrns was the first collector to host a national Girl Scout collectors show back in the 1990s. Now with 15 shows under her belt and another coming up in a few weeks she is my guest on Scouting Hot Finds Radio. Becky and I talk about the unique points of Girl Scout memorabilia including badges, dolls, jewelry and more....Read More

DIY Boy Scout Patch Storage Project + Nick Wolf’s Patch Trading Blankets

Shot this quick video to demonstrate a Boy Scout patch storage system I'm building in my garage. This is my first "behind the scenes" type video. I also used the opportunity to promote episode #77 of my podcast where I interview Nick Wolf on his patch trading blankets.

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