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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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Issue 548 – October 31, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, My Eagle Scout son earned a total of 51 merit badges. That’s 30 beyond the 21 for Eagle rank. So how does he pin six (!) palms on the ribbon of his medal? (Lynne Ghwieny) That’s an easy one… He actually doesn’t wear six palms; he wears three: one silver, representing fifteen […]

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Issue 547 – October 24, 2017

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’m proud to say our son Joey is officially an Eagle Scout. He had his board of review successfully in July, and his Eagle court of honor was last night. Even his new Scoutmaster said, “This kid is a rock star!” His total his community service hours totaled a shocking 387, and […]

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Issue 546 – October 10, 2017

________________________________________ Do YOU subscribe to the BSA’s “ADVANCEMENT NEWS”? This isn’t a “blog”—it’s a newsletter published about ten times a year that you can subscribe to. Each article is written by an advancement expert and vetted by the BSA National Advancement Team. As a true newsletter, it brings you up-to-the-minute information on advancement happenings as […]

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Issue 545 – October 3, 2017

________________________________________ Please take a moment of silent personal reflection before reading this column, in respect to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and their families, and to honor all those who responded immediately and afterward to this singular tragedy. Thank you. ====================== Hi Andy, Great column last week! I have a situation to share—somewhat […]

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Issue 544 – September 26, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, One of the Cub Scout packs I serve is struggling because of the lack of parent participation. I need some good advice on how to approach parents at upcoming recruitment nights and what to say. Can you help me out here? (Sten Oswald, UC, Minsi Trails Council, PA) The smartest pack committee […]

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