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Sunday Morning
March 8, 2015
If you are a Scout patch collecting nerd like me then you might actually read old Scout manuals as you are drifting off to sleep.  Last night I was reading the 1942 manual for older Scouts titled Adventuring For Senior Scouts. The thing that kinda struck me is the concept of a Scouting family that was mentioned early in the book.
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The book was laying out the program for boys aged 15+ and it described a complete family of Scouting that would include seamlessly Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop and now a Senior Scout patrol or Explorer Post.  Recently at my church I was asked to serve on the Christian Education Committee and be in charge of reporting back on the Scouting program at our church.  It occurred to me that we have a Scouting Family at the church but it's even broader than what the 1942 book proposed.


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For my report I contacted the leaders of all the Scouting units and from Cub Scout dens to Daisy Scouts and compiled a report on the overall health of the program.  All told we have 135 registered kids in the Scouting "family" at our church with the biggest group being in the Boy Scout troop that has 43 boys.  My push in the last few years has been building up the Girl Scout branch of the family and that's looking better and better.


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I mention this today because we are celebrating Girl Scout Sunday at the 11 AM worship service.  We will have girls leading various aspects of the program including my daughter Sophia who will be reading the announcements.  I feel blessed to be part of a congregation that supports the Scouting program to such an incredible degree.


Now for one patch related request.  I've done really well picking up needs when I single out one patch that I'm looking for to put in my collection.  An envelope that came this week (thanks Kevin!) brought me an Explorer Scout Assistant Adviser patch.  So this week I'm asking that if anyone has this 1950's Explorer Adviser patch on dark blue background that you send me an email.  I'd love to fill the hole in my notebook for this issue!  

Yours In Scouting,


Jason Spangler
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Your weekly trip back in the archives of the podcast recorded for the Boy Scout memorabilia hobby.

Join me for an interview with Craig Leighty, the President of ISCA. We spend the first half of the interview talking about the history of Scout collector groups going all the way back to the 1953 National Jamboree. The second half we spend the time talking about the hobby including what the impact of eBay on the hobby has been. Craig and I also discuss how all of us can help get youth active in patch collecting.

This episode was recorded in December of 2011 before Craig moved back to California.  I think we were sitting in the BB&T Training Center at Camp Bowers in White Oak, NC.