ISCA and TSPA Partner
for Boy Scout OA Catalog
Dallas, Texas, June 27, 2013 The International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA), and The
Scout Patch Auction (TSPA), announce a new collaborative partnership to develop
the next generation of Order of the Arrow issues catalog. At its June
23rd meeting, the ISCA Board approved the agreement in the final
step to move this effort forward.
"Our goal is to expand upon the existing work which has been
known in the past as "Blue Book" while correcting some of its weaknesses and
problems" said Roy More President of TSPA. Craig Leighty, President of ISCA,
added "this collaborative partnership will move forward for the hobby a
representative effort to set standards and validate issues for the collector
and to finally address some of the new matters, such as how to identify a lodge
that has no number."
ISCA will establish processes and procedures through the use
of sub-committees within its structure, and will solicit volunteers for
standardizing and validating issues and resolving conflicts around issues.ISCA will also lead the effort to identify
editors for each lodge by utilizing its' already established regional structure.
All of the procedures and administrative
information such as definitions will be maintained on the ISCA website (www.ScoutTrader.org)
and TSPA will maintain and provide technical support for the on-line catalog
and derivative information needs. With
the existing site, OABlueBook.com, any collector can submit issues, historical
information about existing issues, upload images, and flag problems with the
existing catalog. Updates automatically post to Facebook. Over 200 hobbyists
have added thousands of issues and pieces of information including previously
undocumented areas like lodge totem pins, jewelry, special neckerchiefs with
patches and other OA lodge memorabilia.
Editors exist for many lodges and regions but more are
needed. Those interested in serving as a
lodge, or area coordinator/editor should contact Bill Loeble firstname.lastname@example.org)
of ISCA. If you are interested in being
considered for one of the sub-committees, i.e.: standards or validation or wish
to be involved in any other way, please send an email to Craig Leighty.Questions about this can be directed to Craig
Leighty at email@example.com
or Roy More.
ISCA is the largest organized Boy Scout memorabilia
collector's group in the US. It traces its roots back over forty years. It
produces a quarterly journal for the hobby. Its website is ScoutTrader.org.
TSPA is the largest dealer of Scouting
memorabilia having served the hobby since 1986. It has produced numerous
reference works for the hobby and is regularly retained for identification and
valuation purposes. It maintains the OA reference web-site OABlueBook.com. Its
website is TheScoutPatchAuction.com.
President, International Scouting Collector's Association
President, The Scout Patch Auction