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



         Paul Matisz said:

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

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

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Best wishes, Paul. I'm trying to follow you on Wordpress, but it's giving me fits at the moment (so is Trailhead with this formatting stuff). I too have a small scouting blog on Wordpress, and radio related stuff - KE0JIT. I wish you well in your newest Scout endeavors!  - rover-bpsa at outlook dot com.

Hello!

My name is Jacob Allison, and I'm a U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class currently stationed on board USS Somerset in San Diego, California. I've been spending some time recently looking for ways to volunteer in my community and provide local service in addition to the service I do for our country. I was raised in 4-H and the UU church, both of which are big on service! I found the BPSA mentioned in a news article about alternative scouting programs and after reading the short introduction, knew right away this was where I wanted to be.

As a youngster I also participated in BSA, earning the rank of Life scout. Around that time a lot of problems with the BSA's policies were becoming apparent to me, and I decided it wasn't something I wanted to continue with. I dove more into 4-H and my local UU Youth Service Action Committee and abandoned Scouting, eventually becoming my local club's Vice President for Community Service.

In 2010, I decided that sitting on my rear all day answering phones in a call center was not a life-long career choice, and I signed up for the U.S. Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist, where I've been ever since, reenlisting in 2016 for another 6 years. My job in the Navy consists of telling the Navy story to audiences at home and abroad through written journalism, photography, video news & production, print design & production, and graphic arts.

I've also never lost my love for the outdoors- while stationed in Japan from 2011-2016 I spent a lot of time in the Japanese Alps camping and backpacking!

As a prospective BPSA Scout, I'm hoping that I'll get the chance to meet each and every one of you at some point, and to help grow the BPSA through the skills I've learned on y'alls dime with the Navy. That means I'm free and open for any suggestions on any sort of graphics, photography, print, or public affairs projects any of you might need assistance with! Just send me a message and I'm more than happy to help.

Right now I'm registering as a Lone Scout. This looks like it'll be the best choice (for now!) as there aren't any local groups in San Diego. I'm hoping that will change soon! I want to mentor and teach the skills I've learned in the outdoors and in service to a younger generation, and I hope to find mentors and teachers in those of you who have been around as long as I have. (Or not- no sense in thinking you can't learn from someone younger!)

Thank you for the welcomes I'm already receiving, and I'm very excited to be here!
Very Respectfully,
Jacob I. Allison

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