This weekend I'm going to be doing some Cheerful Service. I've already secured the spousal permission to spend the weekend at Camp Coker for our OA Work Weekend. My plan is to get there early on Friday so I can meet my partner in crime Nathan Kohler and go over the last edits to our new patch guide book for the lodge. This has been a major undertaking and it's near the finish line.
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
With the glacial pace at which the update to the Blue Book has taken I think many local lodge historians have jumped into to create their own local patch guides. Especially with the excitement around the recent OA Centennial I'd say in my area about 1/2 of the lodges now have a pretty formal patch guide. Not all of them are easily purchased or available on the Internet but it's a sign the local collectors filled the void when Blue Book stalled.
The guide that Nathan and I worked on will really set the story straight on some of the issues from our lodge. For example in the Blue Book it references a Z flap and notes that the known examples were burned in the fireplace. Well turns out that happened more than once and we've got pictures of all this documented.
I am going to try and interview Nathan this weekend for my podcast because I think there are several takeaways for anybody trying to do this project which would be helpful. My guess is that some of you reading this newsletter right now have a guide book in you waiting to be written!
Despite a really good pace of auctions my eBay store is now at over 8,600 items and growing. I've run through most of the Kentucky collection that I have been listing but now I've got more boxes going through the process. I've been on a tear and other than plans to go to Disney with the kids in June I hope I can keep the pace up through Jamboree time.
This week I picked up the phone and called Chris Jensen to get some more cardboard boxes shipped out. He has been my go to guy for years now on supplies including plastic bags, boxes and more. If you ever need that kind of stuff visit his website at
Yours in Scouting,
Jason Spangler Santeeswapper LLC
In Charlotte, North Carolina I have an antique mall booth that is filled with nothing but Scouting stuff. I call this location my clearance center because I've marked down everything to move. A lot of what you will find there are items that are too bulky to easily ship from an Internet store. The booth is located in The Sleepy Poet which is a well established antique mall on South Blvd in Charlotte. The mall is open 7-days/week year round. So the next time you are in the area come check it out.