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Issue 448 – July 30, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a new “Andy’s Rule” for you, that I learned the hard way: “It’s easier to grow a spine than to have someone manually insert it.” (Jimmy Day) Amen, Brother! ========== Hi Andy, I joined Scouts as a volunteer when my sons joined because I always support my boys 100% in […]

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Issue 447 – July 17, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have to point out your response about shooting sports targets isn’t completely right. Starting on page 52 of the BSA NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MANUAL, it says the following for Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Air Rifle, Rifle, and Archery; and Venturing and Sea Scout Rifle: “…are allowed to use tasteful and […]

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Issue 446 – July 8, 2015

________________________________________ Fast upon us is the Scout summer camp season. I’m already contemplating August-September and the phone calls that will begin then. You see, I’m a Merit Badge Counselor for five in the aquatic group. “It rained the day of my final swim test, and they canceled it.” “I flipped my canoe when I wasn’t […]

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Issue 445 – June 2, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Folks! I’ll be traveling for the next 13 days, so we’ll have to skip next week’s column. I’ll be back online the week of June 15th, so keep those letters comin’ in! Happy Scouting! (Just the other day, somebody asked me, “So, what do you do?” “I’m a writer,” I said. She replied […]

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Issue 444 – May 26, 2015

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I just read your Issue 443 (May 19th). BRAVO! That letter to you about a troop equipment trailer and insurance hit the nail on the head! We have a “troop shed” that requires no insurance of any kind. Each patrol has their own bin, where they keep their smaller gear and equipment […]

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Issue 443 – May 19, 2015

________________________________________ My previous column closed on a bullying scenario—something that seems to be in the news more and more these days. When I was a kid growing up, bullies were pretty easy to handle. You got a bunch of your neighborhood buddies together, confronted the jerk, and told him to cut it out “or else” […]

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Issue 442 – May 16, 2015

________________________________________ To my many Scouters, Scouts, parents, professionals, and other loyal readers, sincere thanks for your patience! These past few weeks have been jam-packed with all sorts of responsibilities—family, professional, and volunteer. As a result, this column is regrettably way off-schedule. But I’m working my best to get back to regular publishing, every Tuesday. So […]

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Issue 441 – April 28, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, The last requirement for the Mile Swim patch reads as follows: “Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.” Can you please clarify the meaning of this requirement? I’m asking because, at summer camp last year, we were led to […]

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Issue 440 – April 14, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Is it a requirement to have a ceremony after becoming an Eagle Scout? My son says he doesn’t want one, and I’m saddened by this. Maybe he will change his mind, but I’m not very hopeful and getting grayer by the minute. (Soon-to-be-Eagle Mom) A Scout becomes an Eagle Scout on the […]

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Issue 439 – April 8, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Great April Fool’s column last week… or I truly hope it was I’ve been an avid reader for quite a well and have always found useful information in your columns. I’ve also reached out a few times with questions, and your replies were consistently prompt and to the point. One particular thing […]

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