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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 495 – July 12, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I think your advice to that granddad about uniform wearing (Issue 494 – July 5, 2016) was perfect. My 14-year-old Star Scout son didn’t want to wear his uniform pants to a den meeting where he was the Den Chief. I refused to drive him until he changed out of his jeans […]

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Issue 494 – July 5, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a problem with my grandson, who’s a Star rank Scout. I’m an “old timer”—been in Scouting as an adult since 1988—and still proud of my Scout uniform. My wife (his grandmother) and I pay for my grandson’s Scouting experiences: all except summer camp, which his mom pays for. We fund […]

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Issue 493 – June 28, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, My question is about the 1910 Anniversary Ring patch that goes around the World Crest. At first, the 1910 patch was available to anyone who was BSA-registered at the time it was issued. But what about now? It’s six years later. Can a Scout (or Scouter) who wasn’t in the BSA in […]

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Issue 492 – June 21, 2016

________________________________________ Hi, Andy, I have a question about the Camping National Outdoor Award that you probably have addressed before, and I’m not sure where else to go. I have done an internet search, but have not found a source to answer the question. I understand the definition of “under the auspices of Scouting,” and the […]

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Issue 491 – June 14, 2016

________________________________________ Last week’s column (June 9th – No. 490) about “earned awards” versus “participant recognitions” sparked a whole bunch of responses. Here are a few, to give you all a perspective on not only how boys feel about this issue, but how their parents feel as well… Hi Andy, I’m a regular reader and I […]

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Issue 490 – June 9, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I’ve just finished my first year as a Cub Scout adult volunteer—Tiger Den Leader—after several decades as a Scout and Scouter. We finished this year with ten Tigers, of which eight were with us for the entire year and two for the past six months (these two participated fully for the months […]

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Issue 489 – May 31, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, You recently answered a question about where the Doctorate of Commissioner Science patch could be worn. There is, in fact, a DCS “square knot” that can be worn on the uniform. It’s Item #18093 in Scoutstuff.org and the BSA Uniform Guide and it can be worn above the left pocket flap of […]

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Issue 488 – May 24, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My thesis for “Doctorate of Commissioner Science” has just been approved; I’ve received my certificate and the “DCS” patch. But although I’ve asked, nobody seems to be sure about where it’s worn. Some say it’s a “temporary patch” for the right pocket. Others say I can put it above the right pocket […]

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Issue 487 – May 19, 2016

________________________________________ Some wag once said, “The good guys always finish last.” Wrong! If you’re a regular reader, you’ll remember this letter from a Scout parent in my April 19th column (abbreviated here)… Hi Andy, Out of the blue, our troop’s Chartered Organization Representative started tearing apart our troop. First, he removed our Scoutmaster, and the […]

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Issue 486 – May 10, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’m a new Boy Scout parent, trying to get familiar with the 2016 rank requirements. Can you help me with the requirements for camping to reach First Class? There seem to be a couple of opinions regarding the statement, “participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping” (page […]

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