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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Eagle Scout wear his old Scout uniform and Eagle medal to his younger brother’s Eagle court of honor, even though he’s no longer active or registered in Scouting?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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Issue 477 – March 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’m the Chartered Organization Representative for a Boy Scout troop. Recently, our Scoutmaster started demanding access to the troop’s checking account. We said no, as it’s been our policy since the troop started. But he somehow went around us to the District Executive, who got him placed on the troop’s checking account […]

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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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