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Issue 445 – June 2, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Folks! I'll be traveling for the next 13 days, so we'll have to skip next week's column. I'll be back online the week of June 15th, so keep those letters comin' in! Happy Scouting! (Just the other day,... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Issue 444 – May 26, 2015

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I just read your Issue 443 (May 19th). BRAVO! That letter to you about a troop equipment trailer and insurance hit the nail on the head! We have a "troop shed" that requires no insurance of any... From Ask Andy 2 months ago


Like most units, our Troop has a new Scout Patrol that has started their Scouting adventure in earnest. They crossed over in February, like most Webelos and went on their first camp out with the Troop that following week.  The Troop went to Camp... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 months ago

Issue 432 – February 10, 2015

________________________________________ Thanks to you loyal readers and great Scouters for being patient with me! Yup, took a vacation. But by the time I returned I had a major client assignment in my lap, so I did the unthinkable: I let my work... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Issue 431 – January 13, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A Life Scout in my troop informed me last week that his Eagle project was complete and that he'd like to have a Scoutmaster conference with me. While I was aware that the project was in the works,... From Ask Andy 6 months ago

Scouting and Money

A reader asks: I would really like to hear how various troops handle money. While I am certain there is no "one" right way  to handle Scouting and money, I feel we can learn from sharing each other's methods. How is the money collected, who... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 8 months ago

Philmont Base Camp at Night

When I was at the Philmont Training Center for a week last June, I gave my camera quite a workout. I think I came back with around 900 pictures from the trip. That is a lot, even for me. I remember my first trips to Philmont for 10 day backpacking... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 9 months ago

The 2014-2015 Program of Troop 68

This month is the beginning of the new 2014-2015 program for the Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68. The Scouts got together one Saturday last month and plotted out their monthly themes and activities for another year. A few of the traditional outings... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 10 months ago

Scouts in the News

Here's a few news blips about Scouts this week. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Most Pathetic - troop treasurer embezzles $16K from scouts. This is a way too common occurrence. A few tips to help prevent this sort of thing: Use checks rather than... From Scoutmaster Musings 10 months ago

The 2014 Scouting Village Pieces

I arrived at the Central Minnesota Council office early for Tuesday night's roundtable so I spent some time checking out the Scout Shop. There was only a couple of us looking around when the clerk asked me if she could help me find anything, like... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 10 months ago

It Is Popcorn Season

It is the season for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts across central Minnesota to be out knocking on doors to sell popcorn! I already have my 30 pack case of microwave popcorn ordered. How about you? Or do you need a Boy Scout to stop by your house so... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 10 months ago

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition Http://

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth Of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition : via Twitter From Inside Boys' Life 11 months ago

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition

We don't know what Trevor Rau's secret is when it comes to selling popcorn, but we're certainly impressed by his results. Over the last 12 years, the South Dakota Eagle Scout has sold about $25,000 worth of popcorn. The funds have helped pay for... From Inside Boys' Life 11 months ago

Issue 397 – May 20, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, We have an 11 year-old Scout who just recently crossed over into our troop. While starting work on his Tenderfoot fitness requirement (10a), he couldn't do a single pull-up. After 30 days (for... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

The Role Of "Other" Adults, Part 1

Nearly all of us grew up with our sons in Scouting, starting first with Cub Scouts. We remember the pleas for help from the Cub parents. You were always in need of a parent to head up the next outing or field trip or make a run to the Scout shop or... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 year ago

Troop 68 2014 Spring Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 68 of Melrose conducts three fundraisers during the year. In the fall we participate in the council's popcorn sales. For the last few years the other two fundraisers have been a Dad's Belgium Waffle meal. We have been holding a... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Issue 396 – May 6, 2014

________________________________________ Here's something different… a bona fide SUCCESS STORY! If you're a regular reader, you already know that I advocate having the Scouts themselves decide what patrols they want to be in (meaning: which friends... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Issue 392 – April 8, 2014

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I'm confused. In your column No. 390 (March 25th), a reader raised a question about Scouts not being able to repeat the Scout Oath, Law, etc., at their boards of review. Part of your answer was:... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Popcorn Fun for Cub Scout Meetings

Have you ever thought about using popcorn as a den or pack meeting theme? Check out these ideas! The post Popcorn Fun for Cub Scout Meetings appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 1 year ago

Scout Night With the Utah Grizzlies

Growing up in Chicago and being a hockey player myself, I love watching the Blackhawks and have lots of memories going to games in the old Chicago Stadium. Now that I live in Utah, the closest professional hockey I can get (without traveling to... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago


Back in 2009 I had an email exchange with a "Concerned Eagle Scout" about Friends of Scouting.  As this month in our Council we are in full swing with our FOS campaign, I thought I would blow the dust off of this post and share it with you again... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 year ago

More Insight Into the National Council's Role in Unit Fundraising

Mark Moshier and the fundraising experts at the Boy Scouts of America hear you. Last week's explanation of why a unit's fundraiser was determined to be against BSA rules left some of you with even more questions about fundraising and the National... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Pack Fundraising Ideas

NOTE: Before doing any fundraiser, you must get approval from your local council. You must complete the Unit Money-Earning Application to request approval. Often, dues and popcorn income won't cover all of a pack's expenses, and we have to hold... From Cub Scout Ideas 1 year ago

Upon Further Review, Troop's Grocery-Bagging Fundraiser Isn't Permitted

I stand corrected. Yesterday I blogged about a troop that raised money by bagging groceries for tips at a local supermarket. Today I learned that such fundraisers aren't permitted by the Boy Scouts of America. Mark Moshier, team leader for the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Money and Scouting

I am going to tread lightly on this subject as I have some unpopular opinions when it comes to money and Scouting, but bare with me as I make an attempt to articulate my thoughts on this. When we talk about money and Scouting there are always a... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 year ago

23 Bizarre but True Fundraising Ideas From Scouting's Past

Popcorn's  all the rage these days, but Scout fundraisers haven't always been so mainstream. T hroughout history Scouts have sold a variety of less-conventional products to raise money for their pack and troop. I'm talking candles and fire... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Cub Scouting Should Be Disbanded

Yeah, pretty strong words. I have a bunch of reasons as to why the BSA should just fold up the Cub Scout program. There is no big payoff by having the Cub program. Boy Scout troops don't get any dividends for having Cub Scouts come to their troops... From True North Scouting 1 year ago

Scouting… Cool?

First off.. if you are a Scout or Scouter read this post with caution.  You may not agree with some of what I am going to say.  Know that I love the Boy Scouts of America.  I am always trying to tell our story in the best light of Scouting.  I... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 year ago

Scout Wars

Last year our troop was trying to sell popcorn outside Wal-Mart at one entrance while Girl Scouts were selling trail mix or whatever at the other entrance…  this video is almost exactly what happened, word for word…  (Maybe I'm... From An Hour a Week... left over after Scouting 1 year ago

Tuesday Talkback: Share Your Pack and Troop's Fundraising Secrets

The battle for fundraising dollars is on. At offices everywhere, parents peddle pizza dough, flower bulbs, Christmas wreaths and more to their coworkers in the name of financing their kids' extracurricular activities. It seems every orchestra,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Issue 369 – November 3, 2013

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Our troop's adult leaders have been at odds recently over the final determination of individual Scout accounts. Our troop does two major fundraisers each year-holiday wreaths and popcorn-and we... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Movie Review: The Last Eagle Scout

One of Boy Scout Troop 68′s Eagle Scouts stopped by Sunday afternoon to watch a new movie I had recently received in the mail. Both of us had been waiting for " The Last Eagle Scout " to be released since we had read about it on Facebook a... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

The New Program Year 2013-2014

The Boy Scouts planned it. The committee approved it. And now it is time to implement it. The 2013-2014 program for Troop 68 is ready to go! Here is a look at it. September 2013: Water Safety 2, 9, 16 – Troop Meetings 2 – Dad's Belgian Waffle... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Ensure Your Council's Incentive Products Are Approved for Scouting-Age Youth

In 2012, as part of the incentive program offered by one of our product sale vendors, the Z-curve bow was made available as an incentive item for Scouts. After delivery of this prize, it was discovered that it had three warnings plus a label on the... From Scout Wire 1 year ago

Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement – Temporary Patches

Cub Scouts love patches!  And there are many opportunities to earn them.  When our Cubs participate in activities such as the annual popcorn sale, the Memorial Day flag placement or the Scouting for Food drive, they get a new patch.  Scouting... From Cub Scout Ideas 2 years ago

An Approved Scout Fundraising Project

A Scout Fundraising Project  will help our Scouts get to Kandersteg International Scout Center in Switzerland next summer. We discussed lots of different ideas, did a bit of research and settled on selling coffee. We contacted a local coffee... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 years ago

Nathan's Scouting Memories

(The following article was written by Nathan Blommel, an alumni of Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68. Nathan was a Boy Scout from 1988 to 1993. He has earned the Life Rank. This is the first of a series of guest articles written by former members of Troop... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 years ago

Get Your DVD of 'Are You Tougher,' Due Out This Summer

Cord-cutters, busy people, and the DVR-averse, lend me your ears. Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is coming to DVD this summer. That's big news for a number of Scouting constituencies I heard from over the course of the six-episode season, which... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

The Spring Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 68 held its spring fundraiser last Friday, a Dad's Belgium Waffle Supper. This was the fourth year we held a spring waffle supper. The troop use to hold a Palm Sunday pancake and sausage breakfast but when the troop membership... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 years ago

Issue 348 – March 14, 2013

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We have a fifth grade boy who joined our pack last October. He'd like to earn his Arrow of Light award before crossing over to Boy Scouts. He's just turned 11, and school gets out at the end of... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

The Missing Older Scout: Part II – the Absence of Older Scouts

Introduction In Part I of this series, I began the process of looking into the "older Scout problem". This is where Scout Troops have trouble retaining and recruiting boys from the ages of 15-18. In the last post, I began the discussion... From Scouting Rediscovered 2 years ago

The Missing Older Scout: Part II – the Absence of Older Scouts

Introduction In Part I of this series , I began the process of looking into the "older Scout problem". This is where Scout Troops have trouble retaining and recruiting boys from the ages of 15-18. In the last post, I began the discussion... From Scouting Rediscovered 2 years ago

Andy's Rules -December 25, 2012

You've asked for them– Here they are! My "101 RULES" for Scouting and for Life. With personal thanks to Ken King, Diana Cilluffo, Mark Twain, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Douglas MacArthur, Laurence Peter, Oscar Wilde, and Murphy. No. 1: • Stupid has... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

Issue 339 – December 12, 2012

________________________________________ NEWS FLASH! The BSA's SCOUTING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION now has a Facebook page! Be sure to check it out, "Like" it if you like, and pass the word! Here's where to go…... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

Whats the Point: A Follow-Up to an Open Letter to the Great Alaska Council

Recently a Scouter posted a comment on "An Open Letter to the Great Alaska Council" post making me realize that I was extremely vague and that I didn't directly identify the issue. Due to my failure to identify the issue, I probably caused more... From Scouting Maniac 2 years ago

Denali District November 2012 District Committee Meeting

November 16, 2012 Thursday 1900-2045 Denali District District Committee Meeting Attendance: Travis Ransom, District Executive Cliff Crismore, Council Scout Executive Mark West, Unit Commissioner District Finance Chair District Advancement Chair... From Scouting Maniac 2 years ago

October 2012 Customer Photos!

A special THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers for taking the time to send us your super fun photos! We are so grateful that you continue to choose us to make your shirts for all these awesome events and there is nothing more rewarding than... From Official ClassB Blog 2 years ago

Issue 330 – October 10, 2012

Rule No. 93 • When you demand that someone meet you halfway, be sure he doesn't use his fist to do it. ________________________________________ In my September 26th column, Scouter John Ruppe of the San Diego-Imperial Council asked how the BSA... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

A Cubcast Every Responsible Scouter Should Hear

"Who is responsible for this?" The question conjures an image of a frazzled den leader, hands on hips, looking out over the mess the boys left behind. But spin the phrase around, and it can follow a praiseworthy moment where Scouts did what's right... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Credit Cards Welcome: How to Take Plastic for Popcorn

Cash or check only? Not anymore. Thanks to some handy new tech tools, it's possible to accept credit cards at your unit's next popcorn sale, carwash, or other money-earning project. That eliminates a big reason customers give when choosing not to... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

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