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Issue 476 – March 1, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My district has established an “Every Leader Trained” emphasis to encourage volunteers to train for their position. So far, training is up four percent. Looking at individual unit size and the number of adult volunteers, we noticed several units with very large adult registrations and discussed how this would affect training emphasis […]

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Issue 475 – February 23, 2016

________________________________________ Bunch of years ago, while living in southern California, I had the delight and honor of being the first Scoutmaster of a brand-new troop. These young Scouts—recently graduated from nearby pack—just ate up the Boy Scouting program! We started small; just two patrols of six Scouts each, plus a popular and knowledgeable slightly older […]

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Issue 474 – February 16, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, One of our troop’s Assistant Scoutmasters asked the Scouts to assist in filling in pot holes in the parking of our troop’s Scout house. The Scouts are expecting to earn service hours credit for the work they did. However, as Advancement Chair, I feel they shouldn’t receive service hour credit for work […]

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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 468 – December 31, 2015

________________________________________ FORMATTING’S BEEN PROBLEMATIC HERE. I THINK I HAVE IT FIXED, SO THAT THIS IS NOW EASIER TO READ — Thank you, one and all! Frankly, I’m shocked and delighted to hear from so many readers asking for a year-end installment of THE MANTOOTH BONE. So here you have it, with my apology for the […]

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Issue 467 – December 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Last week (December 22 – Issue 466), in response to a 14 year-old Scout who’s been getting into fights, with punching Scouts in the face, kicking them in the shins with steel-toed boots, and threatening Scouts with a knife, you ended by saying, “…since you also mentioned that he may be going […]

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