Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 19, 2021

    The last time I drove to go pick up a collection my alternator went out and I was saved by my old lodge brother. He lent me a car and got my Buick Rendezvous towed to his mechanic. This time I'm hoping that my 17 year old SUV with nearly 200k miles will not have any such trouble....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 16, 2021

    Right at the beginning off the video I opened a Ziplock of patches that had some non BSA items in it. The Playboy bunny is not what got people talking. Instead it was a patch that I called an "Indianapolis Colts" patch. For those of us not from the area that is rubbing salt in an old wound....Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 31, 2021

    We met at the Wal-Mart in Lake City, SC to do a deal in the parking lot. But as often happens we spent 10 minutes looking at stuff and 30 minutes talking about his memories of Scouting and a little bit of politics. Interestingly he joined Scouts as a teenager and blazed through to get his Eagle in...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 29, 2021

  The format for this video is pretty straight forward. We bounced ideas around and came up with about 4 questions/topics we wanted to give answers and commentary on. The first one was what is something really special that you added to your collection during the pandemic? I am sure some of you would have things to hold up for...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter January 31, 2021

This weekend I visited my mom in SC but still made time to go picking. Through an old lodge friend I was connected with a gentleman who grew up in the update of SC that wanted to sell his Scouting memorabilia.   We met at the Wal-Mart in Lake City, SC to do a deal in the parking lot. But...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table #2 OA Blue Book

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

Boy Scout Unboxing Military Brat Hawaii and 1971 World Scout Jamboree

If I had a nickel for every time in this video I said wow that patch from Hawaii was beautiful! I hope you will agree when you watch the unboxing. This collection comes from a military brat (hey I was one too!). His dad was a Lt. Colonel in the USAF and the family was stationed in Hawaii during most...Read More

Boy Scout Trade-O-Ree Calendar: New England Trade-O-Ree

For 37 years Greg Anthony has helped organize and host the New England Trade-O-Ree at Camp Carpenter in Manchester, New Hampshire. In this short interview Greg shares details on this year's event coming up October 29-30, 2021. There are so many reasons to attend this event as a vendor or visitor. The beautiful dining hall can fit as many as...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

Unboxing Granddad’s Old Boy Scout Collection From Baltimore Maryland

When I first got the email about this collection my interest spiked because one of my favorite patches was in the pictures. Turns out I was buying the collection of a Scouter who must have done a good bit of swapping in the 1970s based in the Baltimore Area Council of Maryland. It looks like the Scouter attended the 1977...Read More

Boy Scout Trade-O-Ree Calendar: Allegheny Highlands Council TOR

Coming up on May 15, 2021 the Allegheny Highlands Council in New York will be hosting a Boy Scout memorabilia show (we call them Trade-O-Rees). In this short interview one of the organizers Richard Freer shares all the details on the upcoming event. I am happy to promote your Trade-O-Ree event with a similar video interview. Please reach out to...Read More

Thread Heads #16: Boy Scout Collecting Projects & The Pandemic

Blind trades, Apple bags, 5160 address labels.....this show has it all! Returning to the show after a long hiatus the Thread Heads Jason and Brad are back to talk all things Scouting memorabilia. In this episode they catch up on Brad's recent huge OA flap blind trade and his experience at the recent Trade-O-Ree in Oklahoma during the pandemic. Jason...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

Boy Scout Collection Unboxing x2 Indiana and Minnesota

I often say that when unboxing a Scouting collection it's like opening a time capsule. Both of the collections featured in today's video are similar. One guy was an Eagle Scout from Indiana Hoosier Trails Council and OA Lodge 212. The second Scouter was from the Viking Council in Minnesota. But they both held onto their stuff for decades before...Read More

Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table Episode #1

Let's talk about Boy Scout patches! In the first episode of this monthly series the Round Table welcomes Bill Mulrenin the NY State OA Trader. This new project comes out of my Patreon Group called the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders.   Bill is a veteran collector who serves on the board of the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation Museum. For...Read More


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