Chief J wrote:...Think before pitching. I was a very active Scout when I was younger. However today, I have no memorabilia as it all got tossed between then and now. ...
The awards and such can be easily replaced, if you want the current versions of them. If you want the ones like you were awarded at the time, you will have to do some searching to find them. You can get some on eBay, others from traders, and some will be hard to find at all.
Patches from specific events you attended years ago will be hard to find. Collectors may have some from the bigger events, but may not be willing to part with them. For council and district events, your only hope is to find a willing trader in your area.
As far as paperwork and such, what is gone is unfortunatelly gone.
My Mom had a great idea for displaying all the scout memorabilia we earned. She took all the neckerchiefs (cubs, webelos, 3-4 different troops, jamboree, etc) and put them together into a quilt with the patches sewn onto it. She has only done one of them so far, but my Brothers Quilt top is about 6'x5' with all his neckerchiefs, patches, skill awards, etc.
With my current adictions (that is right, I am a scoutaholic), it would be hard to do such a thing for me. I haven't stopped getting new neckerchiefs, badges, etc. I guess we could do one with all the stuff I earned as a youth, and then start a whole new one for my adult stuff. (At this point, I have too much for one quilt anyway.)