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Issue 522 – March 21, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I’ve been our troop’s advancement chair for the past several years. In this capacity, I’ve had to deal with long-standing concerns about our Committee Chair (“CC”) and Chartered Organization Representative (“CR”), and their deviations from BSA advancement standards and principles of Scouting. Here are a few of the challenges I’ve had… In […]

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Issue 521 – March 14, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Can a Life scout start working on his Eagle packet and project before he’s finished all his required merit badges. (Paul Horwitz) You betcha! In fact, he can begin working toward his Eagle project the morning after his Life board of review. There’s no stipulation on the order in which any Scout […]

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Issue 520 – March 7, 2017

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Can the Hunter Safety certification count for the Rifle Shooting merit badge requirements 2K and 2L? (Alison Sunderland) The very best answer to your question will be from a qualified and currently registered Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Counselor. Thanks, Andy. I found and spoke with a Merit Badge Counselor about this, and […]

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Issue 519 – February 28, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Our troop was having its regular weekly meeting and, while the other Scouts are busy with how to make a pizza in a Dutch oven, the Senior Patrol Leader and ASPL walked over to where we parents are sitting around yakking with one another. They got our attention and told us they […]

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Issue 518 – February 14, 2017

________________________________________ Dear Andy, One of the participants in our Wood Badge course asked for some advice with a particularly challenging Scout. This young man’s parents are regularly in and out of jail; he’s largely cared for by his grandparents. Apparently prone to ADHD, his need is to be the center of attention; he instigates other […]

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Issue 517 – February 7, 2017

________________________________________ Last week (Issue 516) District Training Chair Chris Way asked if being Wood Badge-trained supersedes the need to also get Scoutmaster-Specific and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills) training. In Chris’s council, these two aren’t mandatory for Scoutmasters, and I offered that while it’s certainly true that this training isn’t mandatory, it’s certainly valuable. […]

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Issue 516 – January 31, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Can a young man who’s no longer in a Boy Scout troop but is now a member of a Venturing crew continue to earn merit badges? (Ben Hayes) If he reached First Class rank as a Boy Scout before becoming a Venturer and he’s working toward Eagle rank, then certainly! If he’s […]

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Issue 515 – January 24, 2017

________________________________________ Hello Andy, Our troop is looking to do a service project that will require using power tools, possibly including miter saw, table saw, electric drills, and maybe something else we haven’t thought of yet. I’m trying to find BSA information on whether Boy Scouts (ages 10-18) can use equipment like these with adult supervision, […]

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Issue 514 – January 10, 2017

________________________________________ Last week, Joe from Connecticut asked if I had any tips for a Philmont trek first-timer. Two readers reached out, one with and offer and the other with some great suggestions. Here they are… Hi Andy, Please share my e-mail address with Joe. Last summer I was lucky enough to accompany our crew on […]

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Issue 513 – January 3, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Any tips for a dad going on a Philmont trek? I know my son will have no problem this summer; it’s me I’m worried about! Unfortunately, so far I’ve taken “Be Prepared” to the extreme and I’ve wound up a “maximalist” when it comes to packing—right now my pack looks like the […]

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