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Sunday Morning 
October 4, 2020

I apologize for not getting a Friday issue out.  I left Columbia, SC at 6:30 AM and was on the road to Camp Miles in Florida.  It has been a long weekend and we wrap it up this morning in Davie, FL at Camp Elmore.  I have been "speed dating" with the other camps down here trying to show troops why they should sign up for Camp Barstow for resident camp next summer.
This Weekend Is Loaded With Auctions
There is a nice community among the camp directors and professional Scouters who are in the camp game.  I got to catch up with some of them this weekend.  A few guys have been working at the same camps for years and years.  This will be my 4th at Camp Barstow.  Yes I count 2020 as one of my years because I did everything getting ready up until we were forced to pull the plug in May. 

Order of the Arrow Auctions Up For Bids
I have heard some rumors down here that the next 12 months is going to get a little bumpy.  Some of the councils that normally send representatives to this event choose not to. When I asked around as to why the hunch was that maybe a few are planning to merge or not operate a camp in 2021.  I hope that is not true but time will tell and more than anything we have to get on the other side of this bankruptcy.
Auctions Are The Hot Finds Secret Sauce
As for patches I am recycling some back into the hands of Scouts down here.  Years ago I bought the collection of the old Camp Barstow ranger.  In there were bags of Barstow patches from the 80s and 90s during his tenure.  So I have a sack full that each Scout gets to reach their hand down into and pull one out.  Scouts love patches!

Patchblanket Santeeswapper eBay Store
This weekend I went overboard on auctions.  I have over 200 auctions ending tonight which is ironic because I will still be in the car driving when they close.  I suppose I'll hear the eBay notification for a sale over my GPS instructions. Its a long way from Fort Lauderdale to Charlotte.
It does the soul some good to see so many Scouts this weekend eager to have a week long adventure at a summer camp. I even spoke to a group from a Sea Scout Ship which as you know are kinda rare in the Boy Scout world.      
 
Your brother in the cloth,
 

Jason Spangler
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