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This weekend will be a very memorable one in my families Scouting journey.  Our pack is going to the local scout camp for a family camping weekend.  This will be the first trip for my Tiger Den and we have 7 boys roaring to go.  Patrick is very excited and can't wait to share a tent with me although he did think to ask me last night about my snoring.  
Vintage Boy Scout Memorabilia Up First
I mentioned spending the weekend cutting up trees thanks to damage at my house from Hurricane Matthew.  I thought I'd share a picture of this cypress that was laying on my back fence to give you an idea of what I was up against.  We lost 5 of these along the back yard and a very large pear tree in the front.  My blisters have started to heal and hopefully mother nature will be kind to the Carolinas this winter.
Order of the Arrow Auctions Live on eBay
Whenever I see that horsehair patch from Lodge 104 I'm reminded how unusual this modern era of collecting can be.  I got a glass flap in the mail this week from Virginia from a Scouter and there were actually adhesives in the box so that you could attempt to wear it.  We've had chocolate flaps so why would a glass flap freak me out?
Scouting Auctions Ending Soon on eBay
The Explorer Silver Award below is a little dirty but it's selling at quite a discount over what some others are asking for their examples.  I don't know if the price will hold up when the final bids are in but we will see.
Patchblanket.com eBay Store Santeeswapper
For those of use with eBay stores (and free listings!) it's time to evaluate how to take advantage of where you are at the end of the month.  I still have 274 "free" auctions remaining and if I plan it out just right I can use them up.  I hate leaving free offers on the table when eBay makes so much money off me every month.  I've got auctions ending tonight including some of these listed below.
Patrick and the other boys will be earning their Bobcat badge this weekend.  Back in the day when I earned mine in 1980 they used to turn you upside down and pin it on.  As in two adults grabbed you and literally turned you upside down.  Of course you could get your mom to turn your Bobcat badge right side up when you did a good turn.  I don't think the safety rules allow them to do it quite so dramatically anymore but I'm looking forward to that awards program Sunday morning.   

Yours in Scouting,


Jason Spangler
Santeeswapper LLC

Make plans now to attend the return of a tradition that's been missing for too long - the Charlotte TOR.  I'm helping organize the show as a fundraiser for Pack 33 at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  We couldn't have a more supportive host.  The church just celebrated 75 years of Scouting including sponsoring two troops and a pack.  The show is being held in the 8,000+ square foot fellowship hall.  We have ample parking and many amenities in this part of Charlotte.