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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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Issue 504 – October 25, 2016

________________________________________ (Nope, this isn’t a pre-Halloween horror story… It’s real.) Hi Andy, Our son joined a troop of his choosing when he crossed over as an Webelos, and my husband (an Eagle Scout, former Assistant Cubmaster, Wood Badge) and I (Pack Committee Chair, Wood Badge) followed along as Assistant Scoutmaster (my husband) and Committee Member […]

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Issue 502 – October 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My son is working on Camping merit badge and I’m wondering if there’s any guidance as far as what constitutes “planning and carrying out a snow camping experience.” Is the goal specifically pitching a tent and sleeping when there is an accumulation of snow on the ground? Or being prepared to handle […]

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Issue 501 – October 8, 2016

________________________________________ The rumors of my… Well, you know the rest. Been traveling out of state and out of the country for the past several weeks. Back in the saddle now, so here we go… Dear Andy, Thank you for your commitment to Scouting. I thoroughly enjoy reading your columns and the insights you share with […]

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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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