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

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

John Athayde and his collaborators on 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

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