SHF Radio: Building A BSA Council Memorabilia Website w/ Boyd Williams

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.

Going 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. 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.

Homemade Council Website

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.

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SHF Radio: Collecting BSA Cancer Awareness Patches

Friday, June 27, 2014

photo1Justin 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 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.

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SHF Radio: Scouting History on Wheels with John Sorensen of GSLC in Utah

Thursday, May 29, 2014

During the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010 John Soresen got the idea to create a traveling display that he calls Scouting History on Wheels.  In my interview with him today John shares the story of how he put together the display and what he is trying to share with the audience.  Perhaps the most unique thing he has done is assemble a patrol of Scouts in vintage uniforms to perform flag ceremonies in classic fashion.  John's story and willingness to be a Boy Scout evangelist for the movement should be an inspiration for all memorabilia collectors.

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