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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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Issue 485 – April 26, 2016

________________________________________ The term “Inner City” hadn’t been invented in the late 1940’s and through the 1950’s, when my neighborhood pals and I grew up in America’s third most densely populated city (bracketed by numbers one and two). This was likely a good thing, because it meant we had no idea we were supposed to be […]

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Issue 484 – April 19, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I hope you can guide us! In just this past week, our Chartered Organization Representative (“CR”) out of the blue started tearing apart our troop. First, he removed our Scoutmaster, replaced her with one of his friends who was an Assistant Scoutmaster. When we parents and other adult troop volunteers protested against […]

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Issue 483 – April 12, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Scoutmasters, I’ve just received another letter inviting me to a court of honor for your troop’s newest Eagle Scout—the most recent in a string of several hundred in the past ten years alone. Your letter lauds this Scout’s service project and gives great detail of all the work done. Inevitably, however, and like […]

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Issue 482 – April 7, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy – My grandson has just completed his Eagle project and wants to place a commemorative sign at the location. When my two previous grandsons were completing their Eagle projects, I remember seeing Scout signs for this purpose; however, we can’t seem to locate them on the Scouting.org website. Your assistance in locating […]

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Issue 481 – April 1, 2016

________________________________________ “Boy Scouts” have been featured in just a few movies in the past 60 or so years. Back in 1953 we had “Mister Scoutmaster,” with Clifton Webb as his usual crusty self, but his role plays off a boy who’s a Cub Scout. Then there was “Follow Me Boys,” a pretty accurate and nicely […]

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Issue 480 – March 29, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Do we have to have at least one CPR-certified person if we’re taking a troop on an overnight camp-out? I can’t find any reference that says if it’s required or not. (Name & Council Withheld) It’s not required, but it’s sure a good idea if you have someone with this training. (If […]

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Issue 479 – March 22, 2016

________________________________________ Hello Andy, Can an older (age 21) Eagle Scout wear his old Scout uniform and Eagle medal to his younger brother’s Eagle court of honor, even though he’s no longer active or registered in Scouting? (Ray Pietersen, their dad) All adults who are Eagle Scouts can and should wear their Eagle medals to courts […]

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NEWS FLASH

________________________________________ Did you watch “60 Minutes” last night? If not, go here: www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-newark-school-st-benedicts-scott-pelley/ Or, use a search engine for “60 Minutes St. Benedict’s” It’s a 13:49 minute segment, but you don’t have to watch the whole thing. Just be sure to watch the first 4 minutes and 54 seconds! This is one of the greatest […]

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Issue 478 – March 15, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’ve noticed that the activities qualifying for certain segments of the National Outdoor Awards have been changing rather quickly, but a few BSA activities still seem to have been left out. Specifically, can dog sledding at Northern Tier be counted for toward the mileage requirement for the “Riding” activity? On a related […]

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