Eagle Scout Badges and Medals

I have previously written about Sea Scout Eagle Badge as one of the entries in my Knowledge is Power series.  Eagle Medals and Badges are a very collectible area.  There are several types and many varieties.  The prices they command can range form a few dollars to hundreds of dollars.

Which type or variety do you have? Which ones do you need?  During my travels across the web, I came across an online reference to the various Eagle Scout Badges and Medals.

Don’t know the difference between a Foley and a Dieges?

Not sure which is older a Stange Comapny Medal or a Robbins Comapny Medal?  The Eagle Scout Badge web site can set you straight.

Need information on Eagle Hat Pins or Eagle Scout Rings, you can find it here too.


After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.
H. L. Mencken, on Shakespeare
US editor (1880 – 1956)

Help a Brother Out?

Came across this auction on eBay, an instant Coosa Lodge  #50 collection. The description reads:

For auction here is a huge collection from Coosa Lodge, which serves the Greater Alabama Council from Birmingham, AL.

I’m selling this collection to help build enough savings to put a down payment on a house. This is my personal collection, which I’ve bought or earned over lifetime of the lodge as an officer and adviser.

This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy almost every single patch the lodge has issued to date. Please see the full inventory below for a complete listing.

I don’t know the seller, and don’t know if the story is true, but if your looking to amass a near complete Coosa Collection, this would seem to be the place to get it.

How much would a complete or nearly complete set of your lodge patches be worth?


"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect
or denomination of the candidate---look to his character." ---Noah Webster

How Safe is your PayPal Balance?

Bank Failures, The stock market losing hundreds of points each day…How safe is my PayPal balance?  I’ve posted about eBay’s decision to eliminate paper payments, that leaves PayPal as the only practical payment method for the casual seller or hobbyist.

I came across this article, Are your PayPal Funds Safe?

Since PayPal is not a bank, funds are not directly covered by FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). They are covered by what’s called FDIC Pass-Through Insurance. But pay attention, if your funds are in PayPal’s money market fund, they are not covered at all by FDIC and may lose value.

PayPal, has this to say about FDIC pass-through insurance.

If you do hold a balance, you can do so in two ways: (1) PayPal, as your agent, will place your funds in a pooled account at an unaffiliated FDIC-insured bank or savings institution, which is eligible for pass-through FDIC insurance coverage; or (2) you can elect to earn a return on your funds by enrolling to invest all funds that you receive into the PayPal Money Market Fund. The PayPal Money Market Fund is not FDIC insured, not guaranteed by any bank and may lose value.

So there are two choices; invest in the PayPal Money Market fund, which is not FDIC insured and could lose value by breaking the buck.  If you invest in the Money Market fund, you receive an interest payment on you monthly balances.

The other option is to opt out of the Money Market Fund, you will not earn interest, and will receive at least some level of protection on your funds.  If you want to opt out, the article outlines the following process.

you can close your PayPal Money Market Fund, and have PayPal keep your funds in an FDIC insured bank by-

  • logging into your PayPal account
  • click “Profile”
  • click “Money Market Fund”
  • click “Close Money Market Fund”

In either case, your safest bet is to regularly transfer your PayPal balances backto your own checking account at your own bank.  Of course, you may still have that to worry about.


The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
Paul Valery, 1895
French critic & poet (1871 – 1945)