Friday, August 8, 2014
My guest on Scouting Hot Finds Radio is Bob Sherman who is a well known figure in the hobby of collecting Boy Scout memorabilia. Some have taken to calling him the "camp patch man" as he has been writing the camp patch column in the ISCA Journal for a whopping 22 years now. The focus of our interview tonight is discussing the brand new edition of the Camp Book II that has just been published and is available as a PDF either through instant download or CD on eBay. The book comes in at 1250 pages but you can still purchase it on eBay from my partner there RadarBSI. One of the key things about the Camp Book II is that is also the best reference piece for the history of Scouting councils. It is packed with information about early teens and twenties councils that most people don't even know existed.
Towards the end of this interview I reveal a pair of special bonus items that I am committing to give away with every sold copy of the Camp Book II V2 (2014). You'll just have to listen in to hear what I've got up my sleeve.
You can email Bob Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask him questions or share information you have on Boy Scout camps
Click here to find out how you can purchase the new Camp Book II V2 (2014)
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Friday, August 1, 2014
Rocky Top Collector
When Boyd Williams attended the 1981 National Boy Scout Jamboree and traded a few patches he probably never thought he'd eventually become one of the well-known collectors in Tennessee. However, after moving back home to Franklin, Tennessee in 1994 and getting back active in Scouting he soon caught the patch collecting bug. As an active Scouter in the Middle Tennessee Council and Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge 111 he started collecting everything local.
Along the way his passion for that local stuff led him to dig deep for council and district activity patches - something that many collectors ignore. In fact one of the reasons he states for getting into that niche is that others were'nt interested in it. So back around 2005 even though he admits to not being a computer genius he started building a website to document his collection and preserve the history of the activity patches from his council. http://www.mtcpatches.com was built using a now defunct software program so when it crashed in 2013 he got help from a local Scouter and set about building it back from scratch.
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Today, the website has neat district maps and every council and district patch that he knows of. Boyd has even expanded to add a category for the Grimes Canoe Base and the shoulder insignia of the MTC. In our interview Boyd and I talk about all this and I share how his site is an inspiration for me and should be to others.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Justin Carlisle began collecting Boy Scout cancer awareness patches about the time that his Order of the Arrow chapter issued a patch to help raise funds for the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Greenville, SC. Soon he discovered that several OA lodges had produced memorabilia to help find a cure for cancer and he was hooked. With his own father falling a victim to cancer he decided to write a reference guide for others Scouting memorabilia collectors who were interested in this niche. Teaming up with Brett Estrade who runs Patchtrends.com he put together a guide that has all known issues including pricing data. In this episode of the Scouting Hot Finds Radio Justin and Brett share the story of this new collectors guide. For other Scouting memorabilia collectors who have notions of writing a similar collecting resource guide Brett Estrade is willing to partner with them by offering his database of prices realized from the Boy Scout category of eBay. At the time of this episode that catalog holds over 2 million price points. cancerguide.patchtrends.com
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