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Issue 500 – September 6, 2016

________________________________________ Today my 500th issue coincides with my very first, published 15 years ago this month. That first issue was published in the monthly newsletter of a single council. Today, these columns are regularly read in every one of the BSA’s nearly 300 councils, including the Direct, Far East, and Transatlantic. Readers also hail from […]

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Issue 499.5 – September 1, 2016

_______________________________________ This issue is an extension of my earlier column this week (No. 499—8/30/16), thanks to four dedicated Scouters who have information expanding on or fine-tuning answers to three issues in that column: Bob Elliott, Bob Firriolo, Mike Walton, and Robby Wright. Thanks for your insights, Scouters! Here are the issues, each followed by supplemental […]

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Issue 499 – August 30, 2016

________________________________________ In my previous column (Issue 498—August 16th) a parent had written about her son, a Life Scout, who was told that work on his project for Eagle “must have Scouts as helpers” and “a troop leader must be present to observe how well he leads his project.” I replied that there’s no BSA stipulation […]

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Issue 498 – August 16, 2016

________________________________________ In my previous column (No. 497 – August 3rd), Jim Byers asked, “In Venturing and Sea Scouts, if you have a coed group on an overnight outing, you need both a male and a female adult leader. Okay so far, but then what’s the reasoning that says a Boy Scout troop (or team) can […]

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Issue 497 – August 3, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Can to explain to me the rationale behind this anomaly in the BSA’s GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING? Here it is: In Venturing and Sea Scouts, if you have a coed group on an overnight outing, you need both a male and a female adult leader. Okay so far, but then what’s the […]

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Issue 496 – July 26, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We held a Tenderfoot board of review last night for one of our newest Scouts. We had two committee members present. I had sent out an email to the committee last week, right after I’d conferenced with this Scout, stressing the need for a review ASAP, but these two were the only […]

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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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