My name is David Atchley and I'm the acting Commissioner for the BPSA US.

I got involved with the organization back in 2008 after leaving the Boy Scouts of America. I was Cubmaster/Den Leader for my oldest son's Pack at the time; and I had proposed a non-discriminatory policy just for our local Pack. Some were for it, some against; so I took the idea to the local St. Louis Area Council for feedback.

I was told, in no uncertain terms, that if we adopted such a policy they would revoke our charter.  I told them that was ridiculous and after a longer conversation about my long history in the BSA and the meaning of the Scout Law and Promise, I was told that, because I was an atheist, I wasn't the kind of adult leader the BSA was looking for - and to go and find another organization to be a part of.

I did just that. Getting involved with BPSA in 2008, the organization was primarily older Rover Scouts (18+ age) and no registered youth participating at that time. This sort of defeats the purpose of Scouting, which is primarily a youth program; and so I started my own local group in Missouri.  I served as acting Secretary for a while and then the organization went stagnant for a couple of years with no movement or growth at all. 

I took over as Commissioner in early 2010 with one clear goal in mind to preserve and push the organization forward - promote Scouting at the local level and get the youth involved.  There are a lot of people unhappy with the BSA policy but yet still want to do Scouting. There are girls and mothers involved with Girl Scouts that want to do more outdoor activities and learn Scoutcraft skills related to camping, orienteering, backpacking and the like. And there are Scouters, youth and adult, who would prefer a more back-to-basics, traditional style Scouting program compared to many of the modernized versions of Scouting in the US and other countries.

This is what BPSA aims to provide!  Our job is to inspire and encourage all those people mentioned above to get involved in our program, provide them with the necessary resources and training and promote traditional style Scouting at the local level.  

I hope to meet and talk with all our members as time goes on, and I always try to make myself available via phone, email and other means. So don't hesitate to contact me and get in touch!

Happy Scouting

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Welcome aboard Shauna! It would be super exciting to see a scout group form on the doorstep of the Rockies. I passed on most of my tips to Shawn already . . . so I will leave it to others to add on.

Awesome thanks!!! Sorry to double team. Didn't realize he had contacted you already. 

If you are new to Trailhead, don't forget to drop a note here and introduce yourself!

OK, I guess I'm the new guy here, so:

I've just started as an assistant scouter for the 9th Welland BPSA Scouting Group in Welland, Ontario Canada.  While I'm new to being an adult Scout leader, I grew up in a very Scouting-oriented family: I was one of five kids and all of us were in Scouting or Guiding, and both my parents were leaders. The troop I was involved with was a very rural and old-fashioned one, which placed far more emphasis on bushcraft skills than was usual for a Scouts Canada troop in the 1980s and 90s. 

I was looking to get re-involved with Scouting, and was not particularly excited by what I saw of Scouts Canada's current program. I googled "traditional scouting" and discovered BPSA-ON, and found an active local troop; I joined up and have been heavily involved for a couple of months now.

I've got a strong background in outdoorsmanship and bushcraft skills, so I'm confident about those, but what I'm really looking for through Trailhead and other BPSA online resources is advice on how to be a good Scouter and mentor for the youth.

I've also started a Scouter blog to help me reflect on and keep track of my progress in this effort:  https://scouterpaul.wordpress.com/

Hi! My name is Michele Brown and I just found this thread. I am 51 years young, and have about four years  of Scout experience as a Junior Girl Scout. I was a High School Librarian for many years, and have worked extensively with High School age kids. I have my sailboat and first aid certifications though they are way out of date.  I worked for many years as a Historical Reenactor, covering Ancient Rome, 14th Century Ireland, and 16th Century Ireland and Scotland. Little did I know that the experience tying knots, building camps, building fires, and cooking while camping would come in so handy.

My current skills are writing, proofreading, networking.  I am looking forward to my BPSA Journey

Hi Everyone,

Just joined, looking for more information on a Scouting option that could work for everyone in my family and be open to all. 

I have been a teacher for almost 20 years, a former GS and GS Leader as well as mom to a Webelos Scout, wife to an Asst. Den Leader and a future GS....or maybe a future Otter, who knows? 

I would definitely like to talk more with anyone in NJ, especially in the West Essex area who might be interested in chartering a group here in NJ.

Hi Jennifer.  Your regional commissioner is Rick Saunders.  You can email him, 'friend' him here on Trailhead or Facebook.  He is a nice, experienced scouter who can talk with you.   Welcome aboard!


Rick Saunders, Northeast Commissioner
commissionernortheast@bpsa-us.org

Jennifer Best said:

Hi Everyone,

Just joined, looking for more information on a Scouting option that could work for everyone in my family and be open to all. 

I have been a teacher for almost 20 years, a former GS and GS Leader as well as mom to a Webelos Scout, wife to an Asst. Den Leader and a future GS....or maybe a future Otter, who knows? 

I would definitely like to talk more with anyone in NJ, especially in the West Essex area who might be interested in chartering a group here in NJ.

Thank you!

I'll reach out to him.

Jen

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