Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 20, 2023

  Recently my family has made a tradition of spending a week at the beach in late August right before it's time for the kids to report back to school. For me it's become an annual reset where I can read some business books, dream up some ideas and go into the new school year with focus. This time we...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 18, 2023

  It will take me about 90 minutes to drive to one of the best TORs in the Southeast. As local as it is for me the Occoneechee TOR should be a model for other lodge sponsored shows. The lodge cook team prepares all the meals and serves them up right there in the dining hall (where the TOR is...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 15, 2023

  Today my son Patrick is coming into the office to get in his required work time to pay off his phone bill. I'm sure this trade off or something very similar plays out in your family when it comes to kids and a family owned business or "chores". He is likely going to be taking a lot of pictures...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 13, 2023

  While attending Flipcon 2023 in Charlotte Friday I was reminded that there is a difference between people who like collectibles and "normal" resellers. One difference is Friday morning for an hour the whole group jumped in cars to go to the Goodwill bins and shop during an exclusive opening time. If I go to a Goodwill it's to find...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 11, 2023

  All day today I am hanging out with several hundred resellers in Charlotte at a resellers event called FlipCon. As I have gone around the room and talked to people so far I have not found someone that has a niche the focus on. I didn't expect to find any Scout memorabilia collectors here but thought there would be...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 8, 2023

  Although the video is not ready I filmed an unboxing for the first time in probably three 10 weeks today. Even though I've been at camp the faucet didn't get turned off on buying small collections. Now I'm faced with a daunting task - I have dozens of small boxes piled up in the back of the warehouse going...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 6, 2023

  I've had two big auction waves end so far on my 2023 Jamboree stuff and the final one will be tonight. Starting Monday the only auctions I'll have up are less than 10 things that I found going through bags that slipped through the sort. That's a good thing! At that point I will have 100% of this new...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter August 1, 2023

  I finally have some numbers to share from my Jamboree patch trading experience. After sorting and photographing everything I traded for just over 650 unique sets of individual JSPs, flaps, and program patches. The depth of my inventory is not nearly as good as in years past but as I explained in the Sunday issue I spent 1/2 the...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 30, 2023

  There is no way to give an exhaustive report of the Jamboree in one newsletter but for my part it was awesome. I had not been as a participant since George H.W. was the president and thoroughly enjoyed it. I got to do the Big Zip, kayaking, and Boulder Cove (climbing, rappelling) while still patch-trading most afternoons. It wasn't...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 18, 2023

  It has been fun to see on Facebook of all the staff members who have arrived at the Summit and are gearing up for contingents to arrive. My daughter is there and I think has even traded a patch or two. They set up yesterday and see is looking forward to spending her 19th birthday (yes today!) at Jamboree....Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 16, 2023

  I got back from camp Thursday morning and immediately started packing for Jamboree. We get on a charter bus early Wednesday morning to head up to the Summit. My daughter gets on a bus today to head up for staff.     While at Jamboree I'm sure I'll trade some patches but as a participant, I'm also looking forward...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 9, 2023

  I am back at camp for a short week with ROTC kids (registered as Explorers) before departing Thursday for good. I've already started packing for Jamboree and getting ready to take off the camp director hat and just be a volunteer for the trip to WV.     I have read through the guidelines for patch trading and it...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 7, 2023

  I got word that Russell Smart has adjusted the prices down for his OA flip book sale that has seen some blockbuster items get into new collections over the past year. Take a look to see what has moved and what is priced to move today.     We said goodbye to day to our final BSA campers of the summer....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 4, 2023

  Another week at camp (sadly our last for Scouts) and I'm trying to get the newsletter caught up. We did our final Pop Up Scout Museum program last night. Matthew Delk will likely not be at camp next summer due to some other commitments but we will continue to grow this idea. I know some camps have their own...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 2, 2023

  Last week I don't believe I got a single issue of the Hot Finds ready and published. So to begin my 5th week here at Barstow I wanted to make sure and turn that around. Camp has been great - we are welcoming our final week of campers today before a small ROTC week that will follow. The feedback...Read More


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