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Issue 513 – January 3, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Any tips for a dad going on a Philmont trek? I know my son will have no problem this summer; it’s me I’m worried about! Unfortunately, so far I’ve taken “Be Prepared” to the extreme and I’ve wound up a “maximalist” when it comes to packing—right now my pack looks like the […]

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Issue 512 – December 27, 2016

________________________________________ Good Morning Andy, The charter- and JTE-year run from January 1st through December 31st but the actual, operational Scouting runs essentially from September through May (with a smattering of events plus summer camp during the summer). As the Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner for my district, I need contact information (e.g., email addresses) so I […]

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Issue 511 – December 21, 2016

________________________________________ (I first wrote this story—it’s a true one—in 2007. Today, nine years later, we have, in addition to long-time readers, a whole new generation of Scouters, Scouts, and parents reading. So it occurred to me that perhaps it’s time for our newest readers to see this particular tale…which I offer with very best wishes […]

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Issue 510 – December 13, 2016

________________________________________ Several regular readers wrote to me about the pack finances problem Kevin, in the Longhorn Council, was having. Check these out (they may help you, too!)… Hi Andy, This is for Kevin. Start with a pack budget; it can prevent the type of problem you’re having. If the pack’s committee does what it’s supposed […]

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Issue 509 – December 6, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, About David Ball’s question (your November 11th Issue) about adult support on outings, let me share something our Senior Patrol Leader and his ASPL did a couple of years ago… They were having issues with outing preparations in general, so they asked our Scoutmaster if they could call a parents’ meeting. They […]

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Issue 508 – November 29, 2016

________________________________________ HOW WORDS CAN DIRECT—OR MISDIRECT—THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS The great semanticist, S.I. Hayakawa informs us that, “of all forms of symbolism, language is the most highly developed, most subtle, and most complicated.” He correspondingly advises that “there is no necessary connection between the symbol and that which is symbolized.” Wearing a Dodgers baseball cap, he […]

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Issue 507 – November 15, 2016

________________________________________ (This should have posted automatically last Tuesday… Obviously, something went wrong.  Please help out fellow Commissioner Paul Geissler ASAP, with my thanks!) The message and request below is from fellow Commissioner Paul Geissler, of the Laurel Highlands Council in the Pittsburgh, PA area. This is a fabulous opportunity for pack, troop, and crew leaders, […]

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Issue 506 – November 11, 2016

________________________________________ VETERANS DAY The aftermath of an appendectomy gone bad, producing a lower intestinal infection that plagued me for several years, I was physically rejected by the U.S. Army on three separate attempts to enlist, which effectively eliminated any possibility of military service for me, even though I was otherwise healthy. This was at the […]

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Issue 505 – November 1, 2016

________________________________________ (Here are two letters that follow up on last week’s troop “horror story”…) Hi Andy, Thanks for sharing the letter from “Puzzled & Confused” last week. Sometimes, when I think our troop is all messed up, I open your column and when I compare ours to others, I realize we’re doing more things right […]

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Issue 503 – October 18, 2016

________________________________________ (This conversation is from early September…) Hi, Andy, I’m a Den Leader entering my second year and having a grand time. My den has grown to a good size—12 registered and about 10 showing up regularly, and continuing to receive inquiries from prospective new members, too. Problem is, I’m not eager for this den […]

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