Scouting Hot Finds Podcast – Boy Scout Council Hits The Trade-O-Ree Circuit

Jason Spangler – the Santeeswapper has a podcast with Mary Lou Schwarzer of the the Blue Ridge Mountains Council in Virginia. With her Council’s use of Trade-O-Ree’s and eBay to move some inventory.

Check Out Hobbies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Santeeswapper on BlogTalkRadio with Scouting Hot Finds Boy Scout Memorabilia on BlogTalkRadio

Give it a listen. Might give you some idea’s for your Council.

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1958 Area 2-D Covers

Brian Kent sends along two covers issued for the 1958 Area 2-D Conclave. The 1958 Area 2-D Conclave was actually held outside of NYS at Stratton Mountain Scout Reservation in Vermont.

Here is a photo of 2 different envelope designs from the 1958 Area 2D Conclave. I picked one up recently and then noticed it was different from one I already had.

1958 Area 2-D Covers

1958 Area 2-D Covers

I’ll update the original post with the information.

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Buckskin Lodge #412 2013 GMY Border National Jamboree Set S73 X24

I thought I was done with posting about 2013 National Jamboree issues from New York State OA Lodges, but while looking through the PatchScan Council and Lodge Patch Gallery I found another one.

In addition to the red bordered Jamboree set from Buckskin Lodge #412, there was also a set with a Gold Mylar border.

The Council created 50 sets of their JSP’s and OA issues for the 2013 National Jamboree and sold them in numbered frames. The flap and chevron are pictured below.

Buckskin Lodge #412 2013 GMY Border National Jamboree Flap S73

Buckskin Lodge #412 2013 GMY Border National Jamboree Flap S73

and the chevron

Buckskin Lodge #412 2013 GMY Border National Jamboree X24

Buckskin Lodge #412 2013 GMY Border National Jamboree X24

Both scans are from the PatchScan site.

The stats for these are:
S73 GMY R LBL BLK LBL FDL; BLK WWW, TRC BLU National Scout Jamboree 2013 w/X24 – numbered set in frame 1-50
X24 GMY R M/C WHT M/C FDL; WHT Nassau County NY BLU National Scout Jamboree 2013 w/S73 – numbered set in frame 1-50

Anyone who only collects JSP’s have a set for trade or sale?

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Kittan Lodge Elangomat Patch X15

Recently learned of an Elangomat patch issued by Kittan Lodge #364.

You can see it below:

Kittan Lodge Elangomat Patch X15

Kittan Lodge Elangomat Patch X15

The stats for this one are:
X15 BLK R DBL WHT TAN FDL; WHT WWW, Elangomat -oval w/loop

Anyone have one for trade or sale.


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Happy Eleventh Blog Birthday To Me – the NYOA Trader is 11

Cake Eleven years ago on January 26, 2004 the NY OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger with the following Mission Statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

The blog now has nearly 4200 posts and my aim is to continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement from my readers. Thousands of issues have been showcased on this site and its archives are a treasure trove of information on New York State OA issues.

While life sometimes gets in the way, and posting may be sparse at times, I hope to continue this blog for many years to come.

Without my readers, commenters and contributors, I would not have been able to share a fraction of the information available on the site. Thanks to you all and please keep sending me information and scans so I can continue posting.

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State of the Hobby – Aola Lodge #410 First Flap

Here is another recent sale of a First Flap from a long-merged New York State OA Lodge which would be of interest to both New York OA and First Flap Collectors.

410 Aola First Flap
Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few month.

Looks like the winning bidder treated themselves to a Christmas gift.

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PatchScan Council and Lodge Patch Gallery

I had previously written about PatchScan a smart phone App which can read the QR code on the back of many of the recent BSA patches.


As long as your device has an internet connection, you can scan the special code that’s on the back of many official Boy Scout patches. Once you scan that code, the app will tell you everything you need to know. You’ll even see a scan of a patch from the same production run so you can verify that the patch in your hand is legit.

TS Flap details

There is another feature you can use from the web, the Patch Gallery. And more specifically the Browse by Council or Lodge Function.

I’m not sure how frequently it is updated, as several issues from Kintecoying Lodge which contain QR codes which can be read with the App. These patches were issued in November and December of last year are not included either under the Lodge or Council gallery.

I was able to use it to find a Buckskin Lodge issue which I had not previously been able to confirm.

Give it a try.

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