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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 343 – January 12, 2013

________________________________________ THE BADEN-POWELL INSTITUTE By the GREATER CLEVELAND COUNCIL-BSA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th – 8 AM to 3 PM. Your choice of 45 SCOUTING TOPICS in 50-minute sessions. o Dutch oven cooking o Fly fishing for Dummies o Philmont from a Ranger’s perspective o Trail-building Eagle projects o Adding PIZZAZ to pack and den meetings o […]

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Readers Digest Version of How a Troop Should Operate

For those of you who wanted a copy of the Readers Digest Version of How a Troop Should Operate, it is now online at http://netcommissioner.com/2012/06/how-a-scout-troop-works/.  If you want a print version click on the orange plus sign and select print at the top of the article.  You can also download this in the following formats: […]

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Andy Hits The Airwaves

Most of you know Andy through his columns here. I thought you might like to have a peek at Andy in real life. Earlier this month, Andy was the featured guess on a program of the Hunterdon County Internet Radio, sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Andy talked about the Scouting-Rotary connection with […]

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Happy Holidays!

On Christmas Day, look for a special issue and consider it my gift to you.  Thank you, every one, for your interest, inquisitiveness, helpfulness, sharp eyes when I mess up, and most of all your loyalty and inspiring Scout spirit!  Never lose sight of this: We’re all in this TOGETHER, so let’s set our sights […]

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Temporary Email for Andy

  Well, folks, you’ve figured out that I’m not in Scotland and don’t need any money! Yup, I got hit– My regular email account was hacked yesterday, and made a real mess of things, including the loss of a bunch of questions from you all! So I’ve established a (temporary, I hope!) new email address: […]

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