February 7, 2014
When Gary Beadle looked up at the tall pine paneled wall of the Gulf Coast Council BSA Scout office he had an inspiration. Why not decorate the beautiful wall with a true council collection of memorabilia. He pitched the idea to the council board and Scout executive who were more than happy for him to undertake the project to commemorate the Boy Scouts of America's centennial celebration in 2010. Tonight on Scouting Hot Finds Radio we dive into the question of how he did it. Gary got retired professionals, families of deceased Scouters and even serious collectors to give him the pieces he needed to fill in the collection and he did the rest. You'll even hear me ask some thorny questions about what the diggers thought about him having an official letter of introduction from the Council Scout Executive. One of the reasons I wanted to bring Gary Beadle on to share his story is so that other collectors might be inspired to follow his example. The idea of working with the council and or camp to put up a permanent display should not be radical idea for Boy Scout memorabilia collectors. If Gary can do it so can you (and me!).
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