Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 16, 2022

    This weekend is the final days of the big sale running on Russell Smart's Shopify Store at He has great OA odd shapes and first flaps marked down up to 15% off. This sale has been running for a few weeks but this weekend is the final chance to get these patches at this discount.   Over the...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 13, 2022

    Tonight I am making an almost 2.5 hour drive to southeastern North Carolina to donate some items to the Cape Fear Council Historical Association. I have been in touch with Bob Walton and Jonathan Widmark regarding Sea Scout memorabilia that I dug out of Lumberton when I lived there over 15 years ago. Previously I've donated some items...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 11, 2022

    Steven Spielberg might be a bit of a controversial figure in the minds of many long time Scouters. Those of us who were youth in the 1980s were awed by him at the 1989 National Scout Jamboree when he unveiled the Cinematography merit badge. The falling out happened in later years when he kinda renounced the organization during...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 09, 2022

  If I've learned one thing from hosting a TOR - you had better NOT make it a well kept secret. As the organizer the responsibility you have is to get people in the door. At my TOR we have free admission so it's not about the door draw. It's about the energy in the room Last night at 4 different Round...Read More

2022 Charlotte Trade-O-Ree October 14-15

Make plans to attend one of the best Scouting memorabilia Trade-O-Rees in the southeast this year.  The 5th Annual Charlotte TOR is coming up.  There are so many reasons to come! *100+ tables of Scouting memorabilia from vendors *Scouting history displays and fun photo booth *Free admission to all *Silent auctions *Free patches to all scouts in uniform *Collections &...Read More

Camp Barstow Live Boy Scout Collection Unboxing

When a collector contacted me at the beginning of the summer about a massive collection that included not only his stuff but that of his brother and father I was really intrigued. He was ready to move it on to someone that would appreciate it and I was VERY happy that he decided to sell it to me. But the...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 06, 2022

    This summer at Camp Barstow I had the opportunity to film one of the most unique unboxing videos from the 50+ that I've done. This one was live in front of a group of Scouts and leaders during our Pop Up Scout Museum activity on a Tuesday night of camp. The collection was out of Arkansas and belonged...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 04, 2022

  Friday I got a cool collection in and just had to unbox it with a quick video. This came from a guy in TX who was part of an Air Explorer squadron for a short time. Literally I think the guy only achieved the rank of 1st class as a Scout but he was proud of that uniform and...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter September 02, 2022

  I was literally so busy Tuesday that I forgot to put out a newsletter. That is despite the fact that I've been doing this religiously since 2009. Well that's what happens when you get buried trying to sort out a collection purchase. In fact for three days straight I've done little else but sort these collections I picked up....Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 28, 2022

    I helped Russell Smart create a Shopify Store so that he could begin breaking up his vast collection. He started this project by parting with an OA odd shape collection. The next phase was adding in a large group of OA first flaps. Now that summer is over he is running a sale on everything in the store...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 26, 2022

    Today I am excited to announce that I will once again be hosting the Charlotte Trade-O-Ree at my church in less than two months. I have scanned lodge calendars and I can see no conflicts for this date among the Carolinas save a Vigil weekend on Saturday night at Camp Durant. I just got the word yesterday so...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 23, 2022

  This morning my main project is to take my unsold 2022 pieces and post them in my eBay store at BIN prices. I'll just take my minimum bid from the auction strategy and convert that to the fixed price. My nearly 4 week run of auctions paid off and I sold many of the better pieces. But even with all...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 21, 2022

I got everything unloaded into the warehouse yesterday and back home after the Occoneechee TOR in North Carolina. This one had some excitement as a smell of smoke prompted a 911 call to the local fire department. We spent about 45 minutes outside before the all-clear was given. But the patch trading went on!   The cook crew at this...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 19, 2022

Over the last several years the Occoneechee TOR has developed a terrific model of how a lodge can run a show. It goes way beyond having a big dining hall. Let me explain some of their model which can serve as a light bulb idea for others. Once you arrive at camp you never have to leave. They let you...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 16, 2022

If you take a look at the TOR Calendar on my website you will see that dozens of TORs are scheduled for the rest of 2022 and into 2023. Being that my life still revolves around school calendars and summer camp to me that means we are essentially starting the new year NOW!   I think coming out of the pandemic there...Read More


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