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Issue 463 – December 1, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I have a question regarding the relationship between a troop and its chartered organization—in our case, a church, which provides us with meeting and storage spaces. In return, the Scouts of our troop devote between 20 and 25 service project days a year for the church. As a result of this heavy […]

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Issue 462 – November 24, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I just read your last week’s issue (November 19th) regarding adult leader training. I may have missed reading it in your reply, but I thought Youth Protection Training was mandatory for all adult leaders who have contact with youth, and I thought this was a BSA-wide thing, as it is in our […]

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Issue 461 – November 19, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I’ve searched your past issues, and couldn’t find an answer to this question, so maybe I’m the first… I recently returned from the first of our two Wood Badge weekends, at which we were all given patrol emblems. My patrol later discussed whether or not we should sew them on our uniforms […]

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Issue 460 – November 10, 2015

________________________________________ Here’s more on the idea of parents tagging along on every possible Boy Scout outing… Hi Andy, “Amen” to discouraging continual parental accompaniment! Thanks for discouraging continual parental accompaniment on overnighters and outings. In addition to interfering with peer-to-peer relationships (Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, and patrol-mates), as you pointed out, here are a […]

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Issue 459 – November 3, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I usually agree with most everything you have for us out here in the field, but I disagree on the point you made in your October 22 issue (No. 458), when you said, “One of the saddest things I ever heard was just a few years ago at an Eagle court of […]

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Issue 458 – October 22, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, While I know that the Camping and Service logs in the back of the Scout Handbook are great tools to use in keeping track of these activities, is the use of these mandatory, or is this in the realm of “adding to requirements”? (Bobby Sammons) No, it’s not “adding a requirement”—It’s a […]

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Issue 457 – October 15, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I found this very nice Personal Management Merit Badge Workbook using a google search. I would like to use it for our Merit Badge College, but it has a copyright: “Workbook © Copyright 2015 – U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. – All Rights Reserved”. How do I obtain a “right to use” […]

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Issue 456 – October 6, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, The Silver Beaver nomination process seems to blur across the BSA councils. Councils don’t like to reveal their selection process, have crude ranking procedures, ignore potential information on the personal records, don’t ask for recommendation letters, and so forth. In my opinion, it’s a mess. I’ve made suggestion on how to improve […]

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Issue 455 – September 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, On the question of “Should a group of Scouters band together and purchase a James E. West Fellowship for another Scouter?”—Without a doubt, Yes! I’m on the professional side of the campsite. When I was promoted from District Director to Development Officer, the volunteers of my district wanted to demonstrate their appreciation […]

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Issue 454 – September 22, 2015

________________________________________ Here are some interesting updates on “World Scout Scarf (Neckerchief) Day” that I missed but my readers didn’t… Proof that being glib isn’t nearly as important as being a good researcher! Hi Andy, In your response to Mitch Erickson in your September 8th column about wearing the neckerchief, you didn’t mention “World Scout Scarf […]

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