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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Ray Publishing (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965120732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965120739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In a Scouting career spanning more than a quarter of a century, Mark Ray has participated in the program at almost every level: as a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout, a district executive, a Scout parent, a Wood Badge and National Jamboree staff member, and a Scoutmaster. Ray is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and a recipient of the Silver Beaver.

Currently, Ray is Scoutmaster of Troop 317, chartered to Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, Kentucky.

When he's not participating in Scouting activities, Ray is a freelance writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. His specialties include technology writing and corporate communications.


More About the Author

A lifelong Scouting volunteer, Mark Ray writes extensively on Scouting. In addition to his own books, he has collaborated on the forthcoming Troop Leader Guidebook, Bear Cub Scout Handbook, and Webelos Scout Handbook. He is a regular contributor to Scouting magazine and Eagles' Call, the magazine of the National Eagle Scout Association.

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Well written with lots of good ideas and sources to find even more.
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Mr. Ray offers a practical, common sense insight to Troop life, from someone who's has been there and done that.
G. Mulvey
Short and sweet -- If you're a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop, buy this book!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Mulvey on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mark Ray has written an absolute fabulous book and a MUST read by every Scouter! As an ADC, many times I am asked what is the correct way to do some aspect of Scouting. This book answers those questions. I found I couldn't put it down!
Mr. Ray offers a practical, common sense insight to Troop life, from someone who's has been there and done that. The current BSA Scoutmaster Specifics course is an 8 1/2 x 11 three ring book. Somewhat impractical to bring on camp out. However, this softcover 6 x 9 inch book can fit nicely in any backpack(along with the new Field Book)!
If you have questions on Boards of Review, the how to's of: Scoutmaster Conferences; Troop meetings; Ceremonies; Budgets, FOS, Advancements, Scoutmaster's minute, Patrols, etc., then this book is for you! Haven't been to Philmont yet? Don't worry, Mr. Ray has the answers to those "High Adventure" questions. He also includes a helpful resource section with Web addresses.
For some, there hasn't been a well written Scout book since "Green Bar Bill" passed. Well, then the torch has been passed to a new generation.
Weather you're a "Newbie" or a "four-beader", this book is a MUST read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James A. Davidson on August 13, 2005
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As a Scoutmaster of a successful Troop for over 16 years, I am always looking for fresh ideas. My own ideas have ofetn been used by others to build their programs, but the author gives a whole new perspective to common problems in Troop operations.

I read this book during a day and a half at Summer Camp and found myself noting new ideas to implement in my own Troop. In other areas, I found myself getting confirmation that the subtle changes I have made in our Troop were being suggested by someone else.

I consider this book to be an essential addition to your Scouting library to join the official publications of the Boy Scouts. You will see a different method to deliver a high-quality program to youth.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Murphy on July 31, 2004
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This book explains many practical and challenging opportunities faced with the management of a boy scout troop. It offers great resources and advice. I don't know what else to say, this book is worth adding to any scouters library. Read it and pass it around if you dare (you might not get it back).

The committee chair should make it required reading for all Scout Masters, ASM's and even all committee members.

As we grow our troop the managment becomes more complicated and this book helps outline the things we need to cover.

Thanks Mark Ray!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Kline on January 15, 2006
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From the first pages in which Mark describes the complimentary nature of his materials to those published by the BSA through my favorite quote of the book, a reader can sense Mark's support and compassion for those people filling Scouting's most important job. Scoutmasters taking the time to read this book will find themselves refreshed and inspired, and they will find their ability to live up to the awesome responsibility that they ought feel greatly enhanced. I don't know a single person who has read this book one time... the simple, practical wisdom allows them to continually refer to it as their preferred reference.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Orsinger on July 21, 2004
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During the Scoutmaster Training many specifics and boiler-plate of the position are explained. When you read Mark's book you see where the rubber meets the road. In page after page of specific examples you will learn how to do it, what can go wrong, how to fix it and how to avoid the problem in the future.

It is a must-share with all your leaders. You may have to give up, reluctantly, the edge it gives you. Remember it is "for the boys"!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Henry on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book provides solid practical ideas on how to handle scouts, patrols and troops. Reading it like spending quality time with a veteran scoutmaster who is talking about what worked during his tenure. I find some of the BSA literature a bit high level or dry, and in contrast The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook is refreshing with plenty of specific suggestions.

Thanks to Mark Ray for his worthwhile effort.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Collins on August 23, 2004
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The book covers the real world stuff which the official Scoutmaster's handbook doesn't. As a new Scoutmaster, I found myself using it as a working guide. It is well written, easily read and an excellent resource.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hollang on August 24, 2004
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Short and sweet -- If you're a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop, buy this book! We bought them for all our Adult Leaders as it's chock full of small, simple and highly practical tidbits. A sure-fire winner!
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