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

Andy has just received notification by his council Scout Executive that he is to be recognized as a National Distinguished Eagle Scout. He 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: Kashafa Iraqi Scouting Service Award, 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 Masonic Scouter Award, Cliff Dochterman Rotarian Scouter Award, James E. West Fellow (2), Wood Badge & Sea Badge, and Eagle Scout & Explorer Silver Award.

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Issue 528 – April 27, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Our son just got home from a weekend campout. While there, he participated in a Firem’n Chit “class” taught by a Second Class Scout (same rank as our son). During this class, he was told that since he couldn’t start a fire with one match he wouldn’t get his Chit. The Scout […]

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Issue 527 – April 18, 2017

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’ve heard that some troops are recruiting new members by inviting Scout-age boys to come on a campout. The idea is camping is where we shine, and boys who missed or dropped out of Cub Scouts can be hooked back in. Before I go ahead with this, I want to make sure […]

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Issue 526 – April 11, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, There was, for years, a clear policy on alcohol: No alcohol when Scouts are present. It now seems to be gone; or else I just can’t find it. I tried the Scouter Code of Conduct: “I will not possess, distribute, transport, consume, or use any of the following items prohibited by law […]

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Issue 525 – April 4, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Long time ago, as an Assistant Scoutmaster then, I “taught” the Scout handshake to one of the troops I now serve as commissioner. Happily, they not only adopted it back then, but even today they execute it correctly, both youth and adult: When I visit the troop today, even the new Scouts […]

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Issue 524 – April 1, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, There’s a rumor running around my council about a new program called “Virtual Scouting” that’s going to be introduced in late 2017. Do you happen to have any advance information on what this is all about? (Dylan Marshall, Happy Trails Council) Yes, this is in beta-testing right now and is expected to […]

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Issue 523 — March 28, 2017

Hi Andy, Any ideas or resources on recruiting for Venturing crews, especially female crew members and advisors? (Ed Millington, Teen Programs, Washington Crossing Council, NJ-PA) If we’re talking about increasing membership in existing crews, I think your best resource will be the current Venturers themselves. Consider visiting with crews to help them develop lists of […]

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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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