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Andy is a Board Member of the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.

Andy is currently serving as a Unit Commissioner and his council's International Representative. He has previously served in a number of other Scouting roles including Assistant Council Commissioner, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Den Leader, and--as a Scout--Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His awards include: Distinguished Commissioner, Doctor of Commissioner Science, International Scouter Award, District Award of Merit (2), Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Scouter's Key (3), Daniel Carter Beard & Cliff Dochterman Awards, James E. West Fellow (2), Wood Badge & Sea Badge, and Eagle Scout & Explorer Silver Award.

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Issue 473 – February 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, There’s a young man (let’s call him Jack; he’s coming up on his 16th birthday) in our troop who has struggled with maturity issues. About nine months ago, my son mentioned that Jack had been talking a lot about marijuana use with some of the older Scouts. “Talking,” of course, isn’t necessarily […]

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Issue 472 – February 2, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A tradition in our troop is to have a Scout who’s about to age out do the Scoutmaster’s minute at his last meeting as a youth member. I think what our most recent “Scoutmaster-for-the-moment” and Eagle Scout had to say to his fellow Scouts. Here it is. (Stuart Weinberg, SM) Hi everyone. […]

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Issue 471 – January 19, 2016

________________________________________ I’m on a brief vacation at the moment, so I prepared this in advance. I’ll be back next week to answer questions, help solve problems, and guide you to finding what you’re looking for. Meanwhile, here are some insights that may be useful to Scouters and Scouting youth leaders alike. Brett Novick, educator, public […]

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Issue 470 – January 12, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I recently transferred councils and connected with a new troop. This troop’s been around for over 50 years but right now is under brand-new adult leadership. They’re trying their best to elevate the troop to truly “Scout-Led,” per Baden-Powell, and so we’ve just had patrol elections for Patrol Leaders. Unfortunately, one patrol […]

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Issue 469 – January 5, 2016

________________________________________ In response to THE MANTOOTH BONE segment I published on December 31st, I’ve heard from a bunch of Scouts about wanting more! Here’s one… I just read the excerpt about Eddie and I showed it to our troop. They agreed with me and they want to know the rest of the story! (Fawn Walden, […]

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Issue 468 – December 31, 2015

________________________________________ FORMATTING’S BEEN PROBLEMATIC HERE. I THINK I HAVE IT FIXED, SO THAT THIS IS NOW EASIER TO READ — Thank you, one and all! Frankly, I’m shocked and delighted to hear from so many readers asking for a year-end installment of THE MANTOOTH BONE. So here you have it, with my apology for the […]

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Issue 467 – December 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Last week (December 22 – Issue 466), in response to a 14 year-old Scout who’s been getting into fights, with punching Scouts in the face, kicking them in the shins with steel-toed boots, and threatening Scouts with a knife, you ended by saying, “…since you also mentioned that he may be going […]

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Issue 466 – December 22, 2015

________________________________________ Mary Tomchuk, of the Patriots’ Path Council in New Jersey, educator; Eagle Scout Mom; Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope, St. George and Bronze Pelican recipient; Scouter extraordinaire, has too soon Gone Home. She touched, it’s safe to say, thousands of lives including my own. She’ll long be missed by so many. ======================================= Hi Andy, […]

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Issue 465 – December 15, 2015

________________________________________ A fine Scouting friend, and true gentleman, Kendall Brown, has “gone home.” Thank you, Kendall. It was my honor to have known you. To your family, please accept my profound sympathy for your–our–loss. ———————————————————————- Dear Andy, One particular Scout in our troop, who’s been with us for a couple of years now, seems to […]

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Issue 464 – December 12, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I have a question about one of the Q&A’s in your December 1st column about the relationship between chartered organizations and the Scouting units they sponsor. This is the reference point I’m using: www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/operating_orgs.aspx Your advice about the service projects for the chartered organization was great, up until your “by the way” […]

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