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Issue 393 – April 15, 2014

________________________________________ Hi Andy, My son just crossed over into a pretty good troop. Based on my own experience as a Scout (my two highlights were being elected Senior Patrol Leader and making it to Eagle along with my two best friends) the troop seems to be getting lots of stuff right, like using The Patrol [...]

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Issue 392 – April 8, 2014

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I’m confused. In your column No. 390 (March 25th), a reader raised a question about Scouts not being able to repeat the Scout Oath, Law, etc., at their boards of review. Part of your answer was: “To put this in further perspective, although it’s fairly standard practice to ask Scouts to repeat [...]

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Issue 391 – April 1, 2014

________________________________________ The requirement with the fewest words and greatest clarity will be the one most subject to “interpretation.” The volunteer who takes all available training for the position, and the one who takes none, are both called Scoutmaster. All volunteer meetings start late…except the one you’re running late for. In precisely 91.37 percent of all [...]

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Issue 390 – March 25, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Our troop that is advancing Scouts that haven’t met the requirements. During a recent board of review, it was evident that a Scout advancing to the rank of Star did not even know the basics: the Scout Law, Oath, Motto, or Slogan. Yet our Scoutmaster and committee are signing off on these [...]

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Issue 389 – March 18, 2014

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I’ve been reading your archive issues as well as your current ones. Looking back at your Issue 87 (October 2006), may I gently chastise you for your response about the “World Brotherhood” crest? At that time, you said, “Yup…The World Crest isn’t mandatory. So any Scout or Scouter who doesn’t wish to [...]

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Issue 388 – March 11, 2014

________________________________________ Serving over 30,000 youth across 22 counties, the GREATER ALABAMA COUNCIL is one of the largest in the U.S. Their UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING this past Saturday, with some 300 wonderful Scouters and youth members participating on a delightful sunny and warm day, was a highlight for all…especially me! Sincere thanks to KENDALL BROWN, RANDY [...]

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Issue 387 – March 5, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Our troop will be going in a high-adventure kayaking trip on the Colorado River. One of the parents in our troop would like to bring his ten year-old daughter along. What’s the BSA policy on siblings attending high-adventure trips like this? (Karl Smith, Grand Canyon Council, AZ) Here’s the good news: You [...]

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Issue 386 – February 25, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Why does the BSA want the Scoutmaster to be the “messenger” between the PLC and the troop committee? The BSA Troop Organization Chart clearly shows this relationship. Moreover, the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook does not include as one of his duties contact or communication with the committee. And the Troop Committee Guidebook [...]

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Issue 385 – February 18, 2014

________________________________________ SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY – MARCH 8th. If you’re in the area, consider signing up for the Greater Alabama Council’s UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING! It’ll be held on the campus of Jefferson State Community College, 2601 Carson Road in Birmingham. I’m honored to have been asked to be their keynote speaker that day, and I’ll [...]

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Issue 384 – February 10, 2014

________________________________________ SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY – MARCH 8th. If you’re in the area, consider signing up for the Greater Alabama Council’s UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING! It’ll be held on the campus of Jefferson State Community College, 2601 Carson Road in Birmingham. I’m honored to have been asked to be their keynote speaker that day, and I’ll [...]

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