GLEN, JEAN, W.Va. -- Kyle Corey stood above his display of patches sprawled out on a blanket, eyeing the value of each one.
"What do you have? Wanna trade?" Corey called out to passersby.
He did a once-over of another Scout's handful of patches, examining the stitching and coloring.
"I don't like the computer-generated ones, really," he said, shuffling it to the back of the pile.
Then he pointed to another patch he was willing to trade for the pile in his hand.
The Scout nodded and stashed his new patches in his plastic baggie.
Thousands of these types of patches have traded hands during the 10-day Jamboree held in Fayette and Raleigh counties over the past week. If there's a shady hillside, it's almost guaranteed Scouts are scattered there — bargaining and bartering.
"I look for what looks cool and what catches my eye," Corey, 20, of South Carolina, said. "You determine the patches' value. It just depends on what they want, what I want, and it goes from there."
He pointed to his haul of dozens of colorful, intricate patches.
"This? All this is just from two days of trading at the Jamboree," he said.
"The Jamboree has the serious business of patch trading — and we were trying to legislate where they did the patch trading," National Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard said. "All bets are off. Any open three-foot space, where they have dirt, they're there. They got smart, figured out ways to do it, brought cots out of tents so they have a nice table to present things. It's a big deal."
To start, each council has patches printed up for Scouts. They bring their hand to the table and see how many they can accumulate during the 10-day Jamboree.
Corey stashes hundreds — maybe even thousands — of patches too intricate or unusual to trade at home.
A Connecticut Yankee Council patch featuring Marvel Comics characters like Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man was particularly popular this year. Those with dragons or other unique symbols, and those from places far away — like California — brought the most value.