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Issue 383 – February 4, 2014

________________________________________ Hi Andy, What kind of training is available for new troop committee members, especially as it relates to how to conduct boards of review? (Name & Council Withheld) For general training, the BSA offers “The Troop Committee Challenge” as a training course all members of the committee would benefit by signing up for. It’s [...]

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Issue 382 – January 28, 2014

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I enjoy reading your column—it’s extremely helpful. Now, I have a question… We’re a troop of 17 Scouts. Seven of these are Life rank, two are Eagles, and only one is under age 13. We have two patrols. We’re expecting between six and eight new Scouts shortly (Webelos cross-overs), so our Scoutmaster [...]

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Issue 381 – January 23, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, It seems, of late, that boards of review are being treated more like job interviews—a discovery process that’s very difficult to keep from devolving into re-testing—rather than what I think the BSA intends for them to be: more like job “performance” reviews where, in conclusion, Scouts are given, in effect, merit promotions. [...]

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Issue 380 – January 15, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’m a Scoutmaster and find myself with a bit of a dilemma between a Scout and a small group of irate parents. This Scout is presently Life rank. He’s just about completed all requirements for the Eagle Scout rank. My observations tell me that he’s an exceptional Scout. He’s truly living the [...]

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Issue 379 – January 10, 2014

________________________________________ IMAGINE… It’s 1936. Berlin. Jesse Owens is running away—quite literally—with a bunch of Gold Medals. But he’s not the only American to do this. Marjorie Gestring has just taken Gold in the 3-meter springboard. And—get this—she’s just 13 years old! The Olympic Committee’s chairman is about to drape the ribbon-and-medal over her neck when [...]

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Issue 378 – December 30, 2013

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I read with interest your latest column about the Scout needing to reschedule his appointment time because his mom decided to change the time she could drive him. Unfortunately, this sort of parental dysfunction is all too common. Several years ago, I took karate classes with my daughter. The instructor was talking [...]

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Issue 377 – December 28, 2013

________________________________________ It’s 9:15 Saturday morning. The Scout should be arriving momentarily; he’s earned Communications merit badge, so I’m hoping his counselor added to his knowledge—but not the requirements—by letting him know the best way to show respect when you make an appointment with anyone is to arrive ten minutes early—especially since this also gives you [...]

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Issue 376 – December 25, 2013

________________________________________ Two years ago, instead of my usual column, my Christmas gift to you was a short story titled “A Winter Tale.” It was based on a story I’d read as a boy, in a 1921 Boy Scout Yearbook passed down to me by my father, who had also been a Scout. Many readers quickly [...]

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Issue 375 – December 10, 2013

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I recently attended our council’s annual Eagle Scout recognition dinner—a very nice, semi-formal event to recognize this year’s “class” of Eagle Scouts, their parents and Scoutmasters. It’s also a big fund-raiser for the council. As an Eagle Scout from this council, I attend most every year to connect with Scouting friends and [...]

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Issue 374 – December 5, 2013

________________________________________ A Scout recently earned every merit badge Scouting has to offer. Here’s the link… http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Some-upset-Boy-Scout-earns-all-merit-badges-of-scouting-232276831.html#.UorHQPOWcPw.email It’s interesting that this clip talks about some folks not “approving” of this—as if their lame-brained opinion had any weight or merit. To Scout Carter, GREAT GOING! To anyone who doesn’t “approve” of a Scout setting a goal for [...]

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