Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 5, 2024

  Well the year long wait to reset the calendar was worth it. Coming out of COVID we held the CLT TOR in the fall both in 2021 and 2022. But seeing that a spring date seemed better for everyone I skipped all of 2023. It has been 16 months since we held the show which was a bit of...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 3, 2024

  Last night Chris Jensen arrived with tables and with help from some local Scouters we got the room set for this weekend's Charlotte Trade-O-Ree. There are over 100 tables in the fellowship hall and with some last minute additions we now have 30 vendors renting tables. I hope to see some of you there!   One of the big...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 30, 2024

  Last night I made a trip to the church to hang the banner and put out the road signs to promote the event locally. I also attend the Pack meeting to talk it up to the Cubs and get the parents engaged to help volunteer. One of our troops is set to do the concessions so it's really a...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 28, 2024

  I just got back from the E7 Conclave hosted here in Charlotte by Catawba Lodge 459. The event was a success with over 750 participants from the member lodges. For my part I was able to set up a campfire blanket display and share this tradition with many Scouts and Scouters. In addition the patch trading was great and...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 26, 2024

  This afternoon I'm pushing off to the Cornerstone Conclave at my local Belk Scout Reservation. There are 9 lodges that are part of this conclave and that means a lot of familiar faces and good patch trading. I'm determined that this year I'll try and enjoy the event instead of being a die hard thread head. As in for...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 23, 2024

  Judging from the posts on Facebook I can see there are conclaves taking place across what we used to call the southern region here the last two weekends of April. I believe VA has there's coming up this weekend along with E8 which is my home CST. I'll be driving to Belk Scout Reservation Friday to attend what we...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2024

  I had a good time at the E8 Cardinal Conclave this weekend at Camp Raven Knob in North Carolina. Saturday I participated in the OAExpo with a booth on the tradition of campfire blankets in Scouting. I think I won over some converts and planted the seeds for some people to start a project!   There was some light...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 19, 2024

  Later today I'll be driving a little less than 2 hours to get to Camp Raven Knob for the Cardinal Conclave. The emails I have received show they expect 900 Scouts and Scouters to attend the event. At one time this conclave could draw upwards of 1500 depending on who was hosting. I'm sure like all things in Scouting...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 16, 2024

  Coming up May 3-4 everyone is invited to come to Charlotte for our TOR held at my church. Two of our Scout units host the event and I'm the coordinator. So far we have table renters from 7 states and only have about a dozen tables remaining. If you want to save your spot grab one ASAP before we are sold...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 14, 2024

  It's a lucky April for me when the two conclaves in the Carolinas are on opposite weekends. That's how the calendar lines up this year with Wahissa 118 hosting the Cardinal Conclave at Camp Raven Knob next weekend. The patch trading is always a little iffy at this event (no offense anyone!) as sometime the patch traders are lucky...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 12, 2024

  Just like every issue of the Hot Finds I have scoured the category looking for auctions with bids. This issue is hot off the press - no waiting around this time!   Today I'm meeting a storage lot picker to take a look at a collection. These are my least favorite people to deal with. They #1 don't have...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 9, 2024

  Once again I'm behind and ya'll are getting an issue of the Hot Finds one day late. But at least I have a fun video to share. In this one I show the handiwork of Bill Chadek out in Nebraska who has a talent for refurbishing Scouting sheath knives and hand axes.   I have given away so many...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 7, 2024

  Later this month I will have two opportunities to share my Scouting memorabilia collection with Scouts and Scouters at conclaves. I will have a booth at the OA-Expo at the NC Cardinal Conclave and a similar set up at the Cornerstone Conclave. Thinking of Mike McAdams (Thrifty Scout Museum) I wanted to make these more than just a bunch...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 5, 2024

  You never know what will show up on eBay each week. In this issue you can find a 1925 Camping Merit Badge pamphlet along with many other surprises. This is a good time of year for listing as there are many Scouting events soon to happen.   There are numerous TORs going on during March-April-May so be sure to...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 2, 2024

  I have been a little radio silent and I appreciate a few of you reaching out to ask why. Last week I lost my mom after a brief stint in the hospital due to pneumonia. There really aren't words to describe the hole in your life when you loose your mom. But I'd like to tell you just a...Read More


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