Articles from April 2015



State of the Hobby Kamargo Lodge #294 Pie Patch on Neckerchief P1

Another recent eBay Auction for a tougher item and one of the nicer ‘old school’ pie patches from Karmargo Lodge #294, their P1.

The auction also included two lodge mugs, but I suspect the neckerchief was the prize here.

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Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few months.

Six unique bidders making 17 bids, drove the price from the initial $ 1.00 opening bid to nearly $ 90.00 before the hammer came down on the auction.



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Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. Bo Jackson

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Thread Heads Episode: Delegate Patch Debate – Pro or Con

Another Episode of Thread Heads by Jason Spangler and Brad England where they discuss OA delegate issues and whether they are good or bad for the hobby.

Thread Heads is back with a bit of a debate. How do delegate patches affect the hobby of Boy Scout memorabilia collecting.

After showing off some of the interesting patches the conversation turns to how does having ultra low production patches affect the hobby.
Brad shares the story of his home lodge Wisawanik #190 and how some flaps were issued that ran off potential collectors of the lodge. Jason shares a couple stories on how recently he has tired of chasing down delegate pieces and has put a cork in some of his collections.

I’m not a big fan of limited delegate patches, I think it can discourage collectors (incuding members of of the individual lodge) from collecting a lodges issues. With so many lodges issuing what can be extreme rarities do people stop collecting them at all? And if they do, what does that do to the lodge budget where they have come to rely on collectors to balance the books.

Have a listen to the debate and let me know what you think.

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“If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn’t be enough to go around.” Christina Stead

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Seneca Waterways TOR April 18, 2015 Acquisitions

Picked up a number of new issues and some needs at the inaugrual Seneca Waterways Council Trade-O-Ree in Rochester, NY last weekend.

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The items on the right are not for trade and most will be featured in the blog over the next couple of weeks. The items on the left are dupelicates for me and are available for trade for my needs.

Here’s a closer look at some of the new issues.

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None of these are available for trade or sale.

I did pick up some items which are available for trade for my needs or for Centennial flaps I need from non-NY Lodges.

Currently available for trade

Currently available for trade

The two Tschipey Achtu Jambo flaps on the upper left are the Glow in the dark versions and are the toughest of the three varieties produced for the 2013 National Jamboree.

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Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker

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State of the Hobby – Skanondo Lodge #64 First Flap

Skanondo Lodge #64 has one of the tougher first flaps from NYS (outside of the first tier FF 19,48, 546 and 547). Here is a recent example from eBay, the price is somwhat lower than may be expected, but it is a used sample.

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Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction for the next few months.

Four unique bidders drove the price up to nearly $ 81.00 before the hammer came down.

How much do you think condition played in the final price?

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“When the tears were gone I washed my face and walked back to the store to finish my shopping. Because even when your heart is breaking you still need bread and Rice Krispies and orange juice.” ― R.J. Keller, Waiting For Spring

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Thread Heads – Caldwell Pins

Thread Heads is a irregular video series put out by Jason Spangler and Brad England

In this episode, Jason interviews John Ortt on OA Pins known generically as Caldwell Pins which is a niche area of OA collecting.

With the Order of the Arrow celebrating it’s centennial 2015 this episode of Thread Heads goes back to the earliest lodge insignia before anybody had a lodge pocket flap on their shirt. When the OA was just a few years old some lodges began making Brotherhood and Vigil Honor pins in the same line as popular fraternity pins. The distinguishing factor for many of these was the arrow attached by a short chain to the totem pin. Today these early lodge pins are the rarest of all Order of the Arrow insignia.

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“The past might hurt but don’t run from it, repeat it, or punish others for it. Learn from it and be glad that you survived it.” ― Rob Liano

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Kittan Lodge #364 2015 NOAC Sets Artists Rendition

Kittan Lodge has just released its contingent sets for the 2015 NOAC. There will be three varieties each with a different border color.

The Red and Blue bordered sets shown below are currently available from the lodge.

Kittan Lodge #364 2015 NOAC Sets Artists Rendition

Kittan Lodge #364 2015 NOAC Sets Artists Rendition

There will also be a golden border version available for those who participate in the lodge NOAC sponsorship program.

The order form for the red and blue sets can be found here.



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“Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” Benjamin Rush, letter to John Armstrong, 1783

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Ktemaque Lodge #15 2015 numbered Fundraiser Set S62X33

For the past several NOAC’s, Ktemaque Lodge #15 has issued a numbered set of patch sets in addition to the un-numbered versions. There were 25 numbered sets issued.

The 2-piece set shown below, is the numbered version of their fundraiser set.

Ktemaque Lodge #15 2015 numbered Trader Set S62X33

Ktemaque Lodge #15 2015 numbered Trader Set S62X33

The stats for this set are:
S 62 – GLD R TUR WHT TUR FDL; WHT NOAC 2015, Number embroidered into Patch 1-25/25 w/X33 – Fundraiser
X 33 – GLD R TUR WHT TUR FDL; OA Centennial Logo WHT Castoroides Nebrascencis, WHT Number embroidered into Patch 1-25/25 w/S62 – Fundraiser



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“Happy will it be for ourselves, and most honorable for human nature, if we have wisdom and virtue enough to set so glorious an example to mankind!” Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 36, 1788

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