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Scouting Hot Finds Insider Round Table When Your Hobby Becomes More Like A Business

I turn the tables around a bit on Jason Spangler. Where I interview Jason Spangler (Santeeswapper) regarding the topic of how to grow your hobby into a business. This becomes a very relevant topic with new IRS reporting for 2022. The discussion this time revolves around moving from a hobby to a part or full time business.

You can see the video by clicking the image below.


Have a listen if you might be interested in the topic.

Let Jason know if you want to see more of these.

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution, which at any time exists, ‘till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all.” –George Washington (1796)


Scouting Hot Finds Radio Podcast #96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides

Jason Spangler has created another podcast for Scouting Hotfinds Radio #96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides With Wiatt Williamson.

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Wiatt Williamson has cracked the code on how to write a Scouting memorabilia guide book. In his years in the hobby he has written over a dozen guides for Order of the Arrow lodges, councils and camps. In this interview he shares the blueprint and makes an offer to share his easy to use template with everyone out there. I think that his idea can be a powerful positive force for the hobby. Imagine if in your state there was a free PDF for all CSPs (David McIntyre) or for the camps that have been part of your council’s legacy through mergers. If you write it they will collect it to twist a line from a classic movie. You can email Wiatt Williamson with questions about the template.

Listen to “#96 Creating Scouting Memorabilia Collecting Guides With Wiatt Williamson” on Spreaker.

Guides don’t need to be hundreds of pages and can be very targeted for a specific audience. What guide would you create?

Download Wiatt’s free template to make collectors guides here.

Here is a link to Eagle Peak Stores Collecting Guides Wiatt mentions in the podcast.

Let Jason know if you want to see more of these.

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” —Thomas Paine (1776)


Boy Scout History Museums With Rick Stewart

Jason Spangler is back with a new podcast, this time on Scouting Museums, talking with Rick Stewart.

Listen to “#88 Boy Scout History Museums With Rick Stewart” on Spreaker.

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)


20th Anniversary: OA Section List

One of the best resources for information on what section a lodge is and was in as well as keeping up on changes in the Section Lineups is the OA Section List maintained by Rob Higgens.

OA Section List Current

The OA Section List has just celebrated its 20th Anniversary a few days ago on June 19. That is an incredible accomplishment to keep a website up and running for so long.

You can see the original version by clicking on the image below.
OA SectionList


“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” —James Madison (1792)


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


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.

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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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Scouting Hot Finds Podcast – Order of the Arrow Blue Book 2.0

Jason Spangler periodically hosts podcasts on topics of interest to Scout Collectors.

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recorded at the Dallas TOR in 2013 there is a discussion led by Roy More of TSPA that catches up on that history and explains what is going on with Blue Book 2.0. The Blue Book was published in 1996 and eventually the printed book included 5 editions that came in two year intervals. The final version was released almost completely as a digital product in 2006.

More Hobbies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Scouting Hot Finds on BlogTalkRadio

Give it a listen.

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