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Oops!

A funny thing happened on our way to the tepee… Well, actually not so funny. While visiting our daughter (one of three) who lives in Colorado, my bride Linda fell and fractured the top of her femur, requiring immediate surgery and now about two weeks of physical therapy before she can get onto a plane. […]

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Vacation Alert!

Hi Folks! I’ll be on the road from now till early next week, and that’s when I’ll get my next column out to you. Happy Scouting! Andy

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Issue 556 – January 16, 2018

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We have a pack in our home town with around eight Webelos Scouts: Three were born in 2007 (two in August, one in October). Will they need to “cross-over” to a Boy Scout troop when they turn 11 years old? Thanks. (John Burnham) Here are to become a Boy Scout, of which […]

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Issue 555 – January 9, 2018

________________________________________ I’m a Merit Badge Counselor for COMMUNICATIONS. I regularly get four types of inquiries, in this order: (1) Emails or texts from Scouts, (2) Phone calls from a parent (99% his Mom), and (3) Phone calls from Scouts. This order is important. It demonstrates that between 67%and 75% of Scouts (and their parents) know […]

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Issue 554 – January 3, 2018

________________________________________ As we pop out of 2017’s holidays and wend our way into the beginning of a new year, let’s promise to be kind to one another and loyal to the spirit of Scouting! ————————————————– To get started, I have a personal request to PAUL GEISSLER… Paul, you wrote to me and I’d like to […]

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Issue 553 – December 5, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Our Troop has a board of review process that operates very smoothly and places a high priority on making sure the content and discussion is beneficial to our Scouts and assists them along their advancement path. While at a recent campout, two of our newer Scouts completed their requirements for Tenderfoot rank. […]

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Issue 552 – November 28, 2017

________________________________________ In this column… • Rank- and grade-appropriate “Cyber Chip” earning • BSA Membership numbers—How it works • Keeping your Scout troop “Scout-led” • Lone Scout service opportunity…By a former Lone Scout ============================= Hi Andy, Our troop has a Scout who will be First Class on December 6th. Then, for Star rank, he will need […]

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Issue 551 – November 21, 2017

________________________________________ In this column… • “Co-” Senior Patrol Leaders? Really??? • Under-age drinking. What would YOU do? • Eagle project gone sideways? • How to be smart about Eagle references. ============================= Dear Andy, I’m a Troop Guide and I’m getting ready for our troop’s elections. Last time I ran for Senior Patrol Leader, two other […]

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Issue 550 – November 14, 2017

________________________________________ In this column… • Is Assistant Patrol Leader a qualifying position for advancement? • When to wear your Eagle medal. • What makes for “conservation” service hours? • How to handle “Two-Deep Leadership” and The Buddy System. ========================================================= Hey Andy, I’m a Patrol Leader in my troop and something here has been going on […]

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Issue 549 – November 7, 2017

________________________________________ Here’s a conversation from November 7, 2007—ten years ago—with a fellow online columnist… Hey Andy, As I read your considerable archive of advice, I note that some of the most intractable situations brought to you involve leaders with some serious blind spots—they seem to be caught in a cul-de-sac of their own importance and […]

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