I am thrilled beyond all words to announce the co-chairpersons for BPSA-US’ shiny new National Training team: Linda Hopkins (636th Mt. Tabor; Portland, OR.) and Marika (muh-REE-kuh) Beck (55th Cascadia; Portland, OR.).
 
These two women share what I believe represents the broadest training experience currently available in our organization.
 
As trainers, both have helped plan, revise, and staff Brownsea Courses in the western region. Linda has planned and executed “quick start” group-level training— a model one-day course for helping new leaders hit the ground running in advance of going to Brownsea. In completion for her own Wood Beads project, she organized and put on the first ever “Timberwolf Howl,” a day-long training for Timberwolf sixers. Linda also assisted in planning and staffing one of the two kick-off Pathfinder BAT (Bronze Arrow Training) courses, serving on the west coast staff in October 2016.
 
Marika, in turn, has been an integral part of creating the newest iteration of Brownsea (Brownsea v3.0), has staffed multiple BTC courses, and has trained and mentored a number of new BTC staffers. Recently, she served on staff for the September 2016 northwest Wood Beads course, acting as a trainer while simultaneously shadowing experienced Wood Beads scouters from Canada.
 
Scouting-wise, both women are Rover Knights, and both have been involved in all levels of group leadership. And did I mention that they’re both just really, really wonderful, nice people? Good people. Excellent communicators. Great scouts!
 
Marika and Linda are charged with developing and executing a national training program, and I think they're *perfectly* suited for this responsibility. Their first efforts will be aimed at outlining a training structure/schema and setting initial priorities. More details (and calls for helpers) will come from them as the work develops. I can’t wait to see where they take us.
 
Please join me in welcoming Marika and Linda to their new positions!
 

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