Look Back – Joining the International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA)

International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA)
Nearly five years ago, I posted about Joining the International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA). If your interested in collecting Scout Memorabilia (and why are you reading this if your not?) a memebership to ISCA keeps you up to date on the main collecting areas and provides information on some of the more esoteric collectibles in Scouting.

The International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA) is a non-profit organization that promotes education regarding the history of the Scouting Movement through the collecting and trading of Scouting Memorabilia. All members subscribe to our Code of Ethics to ensure fair trading amongst its members.

IMHO the primary benefit of being an ISCA member, is the ISCA Journal.

A benefit of membership in ISCA is a subscription to The “ISCA Journal”, ISCA’s quarterly publication featuring ISCA functions, Trade-O-Ree information, history of Scouting memorabilia, news of new patches issued, reports on TOR’s, Letters to the Editor and lots more.

If you want to become an ISCA member using PayPal. If filling out an application and writing a check is too ‘old school’ click on the link and use PayPal.

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ISCA has announced the details for the 2012 NOAC TOR

  • Buy/Sell/Trade Scouting Memorabilia (approximately 300 tables available)
  • FREE area each day for Lodges -(special area for lodges to sell lodge memorabilia)
  • Reserve motel rooms using special trade-o-ree block rates
    Memorabilia training classes and seminars available on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

  • Air-conditioned arena – this will be the place to be if it’s hot outside
  • Attendees can use any of the four entrances on the concourse level / with 3 routes to main floor ice area
  • Wi-fi available throughout the building / concession stand available for purchase of food
  • Parking: Located across the street behind the Breslin center. University parking fee will be charged for each day (we’re working to secure special event parking rates).
  • Main floor ice area will be covered with a special 1” thick homosote board to insulate from the ice
  • Blocks of hotel/motel rooms with great rates have been reserved – details on the ISCA website

Link to Trade-o-ree Information: http://www.scouttrader.org/noac2012/index.shtml

Direct link to the table diagram: http://www.scouttrader.org/References/images/2012NOACTradeOReeTableDiagram.pdf

Direct link to hotels with special block rates: http://www.scouttrader.org/noac2012/2012%20Trade-O-Ree%20%20Hotel%20Detail.pdf
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ISCA Journals Available Online

It was announced last week that the entire run of the ISCA Journals were now available to members online.

The International Scouting Collectors Association is pleased to announce that all issues of the ISCA Journal are now available for viewing and for download at http://www.scouttrader.org/ in the members only area. Journal issues previously unavailable in digital form
(March 2001-December 2008) have been scanned and uploaded to our website as a resource for all members. The files have been processed to enable text searches and can be read on-line or downloaded to your personal computer.

If your not currently a member,

Note: if you are not an ISCA member, the cost of membership is only $10.00 per year and you can join on-line on the ISCA website using a credit card (payable thru PayPal – you do not have to have a PayPal account). This gives you access to all services and information in the members only area including access to all of our digital archive.

This is a great resource to have available.  they also plan to make back issues of their predecessor organizations available as well.

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” –John Adams, 1787


ISCA Checklists Updated

Craig Leighty announced on Patch-L that a number of collector checklists provided by ISCA have been recently updated.

Just wanted to let everyone know that the ISCA website in the Reference Section now has the following checklists available for download:

– OA Lodge Check List – JUNE 2010 Update
– Council / CSP Check List – JUNE 2010 Update
– OA / Council Master Cross Reference List – JUNE 2010 Update
– Council & Lodge Mergers & Changes Since 2000 – JUNE 2010 Update
– OA Sash Check List – March 2008 Update
– OA Handbook Check List – March 2008 Update
– 100th CSP Checklist / CSPs, SAPs and FOS – May 31, 2010 Update
– Council Patch 100th Checklist / Council, CSPs, High


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2009 Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree

Craig Leighty announced information for the 2009 pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree on Patch-L yesterday.  Perhaps the most surprising news, is that it will be held on campus at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and will be part of the official NOAC program.

ISCA is the International Scout Traders Association.  The Trade-O-Ree will run from July 30 through August 1, 2009. The arrival day at NOAC.

ISCA will host the 2009 Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree in partnership with the Order of the Arrow.

The Trade-O-Ree will be held on campus (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) in the Mellencamp Pavilion, an air conditioned, football sized athletic facility that will be a short walk from the NOAC contingent registration area.

Trade-O-Ree Hours:

Thursday, 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM,

Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM and

Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Trade-O-Ree on Saturday (along with seminars, training classes and a display competition) will be part of the official NOAC program for NOAC participants.

ISCA will even have a booth in the NOAC registration area directing contingents to the Trade-O-Ree on Saturday making this probably the largest and most attended Trade-O-Ree ever.

There will also be a ISCA only preview of the pre-NOAC TOR on the afternoon of Wednesday July 29, 2009.

More information will be forthcoming on the ISCA Website.


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