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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 451 – September 1, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I’m told that a Webelos II den will be ready to cross over right now, in September. Seems to me this is too early. They haven’t even started their second year yet. Makes me wonder if the Den Leader is anxious to be done with that position and the sooner the boys […]

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Issue 450 – August 25, 2015

________________________________________ I tried jeans. Just once. I thought, well, as a Commissioner visiting one of the troops I serve, maybe I should look like the Scoutmaster and his assistants, and most of the Scouts. Big mistake. The first comment when I walked into the troop meeting was, “Hey, Andy, you’re outa uniform!” This from a […]

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Issue 449 – August 19, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, In your July 30th column (No. 448), about that Venturer in the Silicon Valley area, I almost get the feeling someone’s looking for reason not to help this young man. Yes, 60 miles might sound like a long distance, but in that area people often commute two or more hours by car […]

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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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