A new patch trading application, PatchScan was announced on Facebook yesterday.

“You know the feeling. You’ve been sitting in a patch trading tent for hours, it’s late at night, and right before you are going to call it a night… someone shows you a patch that you just have to have. You love the patch and really (really!) want to add it to your collection. But he wants your rarest patch in trade.

Sure, he says that only three of that patch exist in the entire world and “you’ll never see one like it again!” Of course you want to trust him, but wouldn’t you feel better if you could verify that number? You remember how it felt the last time you traded 3-to-1 for a patch that you couldn’t even give away later.

And while we’re at it… wouldn’t it be awfully nice to know when it was made, who made it, and if it’s part of a set?

If you could get that kind of knowledge, would it make you a better patch trader? More likely to make smarter trades and less likely to be disappointed by an unknown patch?”


Not all official patches have PatchScan codes on the back, at the Jamboree but many of them will.

PatchScanTM reportedly is the official BSA® patch trading app and is available for both Android and iOS.

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.

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