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Scouting Hot Finds Boy Scout Memorabilia
38 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
#100 2023 National Scout Jamboree with Tico Perez
If you are a Scouting memorabilia collector this is the show for you! This is the first episode of my new weekly show Scouting Hot Finds Live. You will not want to miss everything I have packed into a 30-minute livestream including an unboxing, cool giveaway, interview with the 2023 National Scout Jamboree Chairman Tico Perez and a Trade-O-Ree update. The link to participate in the giveaway and get a chance to win the signed sash by the founder of the OA is http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com/p... This format will be interactive to join live so you can leave comments and be part of the fun.
24 minutes | May 18, 2022
#99 2022 Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree With Chris Jensen
Chris Jensen is once again hosting the Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree and in this interview he shares all the details of the event coming up July 23-25 in Knoxville, TN. The TOR runs Saturday - Monday which means the last day is when all the contingents show up. In the podcast we talk about this bi-annual gathering of the hobby and why this is a don't miss event for any Scouting memorabilia collector. You can get a copy of the flyer and see what other TORs are happening around the country on my website at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com. You can find Chris Jensen's website at http://www.Streamwood.net which includes additional information about the event.
18 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#98 Camp Book V2021 With Bob Sherman
Version III of the Camp Book II has been published and my guest is Bob Sherman who is the lead author on the project along with Dave Minnihan and Kevin Doyle. This latest version now tops out at 1600 pages identifying each known Boy Scout camp by alpha, state and council. In the interview Bob shares all the research that has been added in this edition including whether camps are known to have issued a patch. The book is available as a digital download or you can buy the whole 1600+ page printed copy at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
32 minutes | May 18, 2021
#97 The History of Cataloging Order of the Arrow Patches with Bill Mulrenin
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 how far this has come. The next big leap forward that we cover is the 1979 publication of the Arapaho book which really helped the hobby. The key feature here was adding high quality images to help with the identification. We didn’t mention it (sounds like a topic for another Round Table) but there is also tons of great historical data in the Arapaho uncovered from National BSA records. Finally we single out multiple ways that the Blue Book published in 1996 really improved OA cataloging. Over the six editions of the Blue Book things such as chronological listing, decimal numbering, as well as including neckerchiefs, chapter issues and event issues were big improvements. If you are a Boy Scout patch collector I think you will find this video to be very educational as Bill has a wealth of history in the hobby to share.
35 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
#96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides With Wiatt Williamson
Wiatt Williamson has cracked the code on how to write a Scouting memorabilia guide book. In his years in the hobby he has written over a dozen guides for Order of the Arrow lodges, councils and camps. In this interview he shares the blueprint and makes an offer to share his easy to use template with everyone out there. I think that his idea can be a powerful positive force for the hobby. Imagine if in your state there was a free PDF for all the CSPs (David McIntyre) or for the camps that have been part of your council's legacy through mergers. If you write it they will collect it to borrow a twist a line from a classic movie.
40 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#95 Dating And Identifying Boy Scout Memorabilia With Mitch Reis
Mitch Reis has just published the 5th Edition of A Guide To Dating And Identifying Boy Scouts Of America Badges, Uniform, & Insignia. This book is one of the reference "bibles" that all Scouting memorabilia collectors should have on their shelf. There is hardly a topic that is not covered if it was worn on a uniform. In this interview Mitch goes all the way back to his earliest efforts on this project. We hear how catching up since the last edition in 2009 was such a challenge. But in the end he has crafted a reference book that will be such a vital piece to feed collectors with new rabbit holes to go down. I was reading the book myself and spent way too much time looking at the Cub Scout listing. Now I'm going to put together a Cub display as I just finished 5 years of being a den leader. If you enjoy this content please consider helping me fund this podcast by joining my Patreon Group called the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders. For as little as $1 per episode you can join and make sure that the podcast remains a bi-weekly effort to interview interesting people in the hobby. You can also unlock exclusive content that I only publish there. That includes an "After the Interview" segment with Mitch where I asked him some extended questions to get his opinion. Check it all out at http://www.ScoutingHotFinds.com.
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
#94 Clothtalk The Original Scout Memorabilia Podcast With Chris Brightwell
Perhaps the first podcast I ever listened to back in 2006 was an ambitious project that was launched by some guys out of Coosa Lodge 50 in Alabama. Clothtalk was their idea for an audio podcast that would focus on the hobby of collecting Scouting memorabilia. For 29 episodes these guys brought on guests for interviews, had a Trade-O-Ree correspondent, and asked their guests "what's your favorite patch?" Chris Brightwell was part of that original team although he was more of the engineer making the magic happen. In this interview Chris goes back to 2005-2006 and shared where the idea was born, who made it happen, and reminisces about how this podcast was maybe ahead of it's time. I say right from the beginning in the intro that their podcast was the inspiration for me to pick up a microphone and start SHF Radio back in 2011. You can find the show notes page at http://www.Scoutpatchcollectors.com. Be sure to go there to find a link to the original Clothtalk episodes that Chris was able to resurrect including the show notes pages. In my Patreon group the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders you can find an extended version "After the Interview" segment where I hear about an amazing audio project that Chris is helping to launch called the Scouting Memories Podcast. You can find out more at http://www.ScoutingHotFinds.com.
31 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
#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 www.NYOATRADER.com 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 new Order of the Arrow issues from the Empire State. In this interview we go all the way back to the beginning of this idea. We also talk about his work on the board of the Ten Mile River Scout Museum. Going forward Bill has used some of the down time during the 2020-21 pandemic to work on the site and has plans to improve it going forward. If you enjoyed this content please consider joining my Patreon Group called the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders. My backers in this group specifically help me hire an audio and video editor to bring this podcast to life along with my series of unboxing videos. You can find out more and access exclusive content (including my After the Interview segment with Bill) at www.ScoutingHotFinds.com.
25 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
#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 auction for as much as $400 on eBay. Over the last decade of honing his craft Bill has experimented with different woods, learned how to forge a much improved leather sheath, and mastered polishing metal. In the interview we talk in depth about one of his most well known projects - recreating the "Kit Carson" style combo with sheath knife with a hand axe mated together.When I came across Bill promoting his projects on Facebook I quickly became a fan. While connecting on this interview Bill actually agreed to repair the sheath for my favorite Western BSA knife. I came away really impressed by his craftsmanship. I love how he is taking something old and recycling it to make it a presentation item. He shares in the interview that several Scoutmasters have purchased these to give them out as gifts for Eagle Scout presentations.If you enjoy this interview with Bill Chadek then you might want to hear the exclusive bonus content that I have posted in my Patreon Group. I had one thorny question for Bill and decided to put that in my "After The Interview" segment rather than include it in the public audio. We also talk about the possibility of me sending him some items to refurbish. You hear access that bonus content and become a member of the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders for as little as $2 per month at http://www.scoutinghotfinds.com. There are also exclusive videos in the Insiders group. The whole purpose of this Patreon group is to support the hiring of an audio and video editor so I can put out more content in 2021!
41 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
#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 interview we go back in time to talk about Order of the Arrow insignia before the flap. Russell did a lot of research during his quest to build this collection and he shares some incredible stories that all Scouting memorabilia collectors will want to hear. We talk about the Wabaningo book in 1952 that kinda set the early collecting community ablaze. However, the reason for the timing of this interview is that he is now in the process of divesting the collection and finding new homes for the great pieces in the collection. You can find his initial sale of the 100 best pieces here https://bit.ly/LegacyOAcollection. During 2021 my goal is to publish bi-weekly with new interviews focused on the hobby of collecting Scouting memorabilia. In order to do that and improve not only the quantity of episodes but the quality I'm asking for your help. Please consider joining my Patreon group called the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders at http://www.ScoutingHotFinds.com. Members get exclusive behind the scenes content from the podcast, unboxing videos, and my business as a Scouting memorabilia dealer. Even just a pledge of $2 per month will help me hire an audio editor to make these episodes possible. If you want to see my archive of all the episodes go to my website at http://www.ScoutPatchCollectors.com. There I have a page with all the episodes linked, my Scouting Hot Finds Newsletters, Trade-O-Ree calendar and more.
28 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
#90 Spirit of Jamboree with Doug Schwab
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 is a beautiful full color hard back with professional quality pictures of all the displays including the text which tells the story. During the interview Doug shares how the museum project came about with Russell Smart and Rick Bragga leading the charge. During the the interview he thanks many more members of the staff such as Sam Fairchild, Dave Miura, Bob Hannah and more (complete list on the Author's Note page of the book). The effort to assemble this museum onsite was monumental and completely lead by a team of dedicated volunteer Scouters and collectors including several from other countries making it a truly international effort. If you would like to reach out to Doug he shares in the podcast that you can do so at email@example.com. If you can help me get the podcast published every two weeks please consider becoming a Scouting Hot Finds Insider and support the project as a patron at http://www.ScoutingHotFinds.com. I am asking listeners to consider donating as little as $2 per month (which works out to $1 per episode) for me to hire an audio and video editor. My goal is to continue putting out high quality content for the Scout patch collecting hobby and this is a way that I'm asking fellow collectors to chip in to help. You can find all the previous 89 episodes of the podcast dating all the way back to 2011 when it launched at http://www.ScoutPatchCollectors.com. There you will see that I also publish an email newsletter to over 5k collectors several times per week called the Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter. I've been publishing that newsletter since 2010. I live in Charlotte, NC where I am a full time memorabilia dealer, collector, and active volunteer Scouter. You can reach me at Jason@ScoutPatchCollectors.com.
44 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
#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 topics that I think fit with the theme of roots. The first of those is my plans for where I'm going with the Scouting Hot Finds Radio Podcast. It first rolled out in 2011 and so I'm going into year 10 of the podcast with only 89 episodes under my belt. I have figured out a way to make the podcast sustainable on a bi-weekly basis. But that commitment opens the door to part 2 of the podcast where I announce the opening of the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders group on Patreon http://www.scoutinghotfinds.com I have been putting out free content for the Scouting collecting community for more than a decade. Every newsletter, every podcast, every video is totally free. But to make better content on a consistent basis I'm asking for your support. By joining the SHF Insiders you have help me hire an audio editor that will make a bi-weekly schedule for the podcast doable. I end the episode by going way back to my podcast roots. In 2006 I was a featured guest on the original podcast for our hobby, Cloth Talk. With permission from Chris Brightwell I'm rebroadcasting my interview with Tim and Ben talking about eBay in our category 15 years ago - talk about a time capsule! Look for the next episode to drop soon which will be my interview with Doug Schwab on the Spirit of the Jamboree museum at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.
34 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
#88 Boy Scout History Museums With Rick Stewart
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 all 4 of its locations over the last several decades of moving. In this wide ranging interview we go in depth on what make a Scout museum great and how a council might go about setting one up. I have a special take on this as there are no Scout museums in my home state of South Carolina and I'd love to see that change in the next few years. You can find all the archived episodes of Scouting Hot Finds Radio on my website at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
33 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
#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 the years. In this interview John explains the history of these utilitarian books including the answer to a good trivia question. For what merit badge was the first ever pamphlet published in 1919? The answer will surprise you. There is also a companion video of this interview located on my website at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
48 minutes | Jan 21, 2019
#86 Patchvault.org Interview With John Athayde
John Athayde and his collaborators on Patchvault.org 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 is the quality of the work. Their guiding rule is that a picture is the best representation of a patch. In this interview John gives the history of the project and invites others to jump in.
49 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
#85: Scouting History Data Crunching With Mike Clinch
http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com 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 of Bill Topkis, Jeff Morley, Bob Sherman and others he is now helping to expand that work to include camps. By allowing us to visually understand the sometimes complicated merger history of BSA councils his work is like somebody sharing the answers to the homework problem. Only with his skill as a geographer the maps and charts he makes are so much better than anything I've even. Add to the mix OA section mergers and his project keeps growing. Best of all he is not profiting from any of this but rather proceeds of the printed books are donated back to Scouting. As you can tell I'm a huge fan and glad to have him on the show and let him share and get a little well deserved recognition for his hard work and unselfish service to the hobby.
22 minutes | Dec 17, 2018
#84: Teaching Scouting Heritage & Collections Merit Badge With Stuart Tucker
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 movements history while also getting them to take an active role documenting their own troop and local history. Stuart Tucker of the Mecklenburg County Council is a regular merit badge counselor for both of these badges. For going on three years now he has also used a Boy Scout Trade-O-Ree as a useful backdrop to teach these merit badges. In this interview Stuart explains how he has incorporated merit badge instruction into the Charlotte Trade-O-Ree held in April. You can also find the resource material that he shares on the show notes page at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
28 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
#83: National Scouting Historian Summit with Topkis and 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 of this first of it's kind event. We also chat about how this unique course came to develop including the work over the course of a decade or more with the musuem at the National Order of the Arrow Conferences. Bill and Jeff also share a few examples of the things participants will learn. Do you love to share the history of Scouting with others and want to be equipped with expert level advice on how to do it successfully? Do you dream of having a Scout museum or historical society in your council? Do you want to become part of a network of experienced and dedicated Scout historians that you can then call on for advice? Then the National Scouting Historian Summit is for you! But don't wait to sign up as it's already filling up fast. http://www.historiansummit.com Find more Scouting memorabilia content and all of my podcasts at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
19 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
#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 my interview Andrew tells the story of how it all happened. He also shares why this was so meaningful for him as he was a victim of this mishap himself back at the 1985 Jamboree. Find more Scouting memorabilia content and all of my podcasts at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
42 minutes | Nov 28, 2017
#81: Scott Wheeler 2017 National 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 Jamboree including some amazing sets. In our interview we talk about how Scott got started in collecting and as you might guess it goes right back to a Jamboree. We also go off down many other topics is a fun and lively interview with one of the good guys in the hobby. Find more Scouting memorabilia content and all of my podcasts at http://www.scoutpatchcollectors.com.
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