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Puget Sound BTC 2018 at Camp Long ELC, West Seattle

March 23, 2018 at 9am to March 25, 2018 at 12pm
Camp will open Thursday night for those driving/flying in for the training. Training starts Friday morning at 9 a.m. sharp.Washington area BPSA leaders are excited to host a spring Brownsea Training Camp.Named after the very first scout camp on England's Brownsea Island, Brownsea Training Camp (BTC) is the basic leader/Rover scout training for the Baden-Powell Service Association. When you attend a BTC weekend, you will come away with important information regarding what traditional scouting is…See More
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Geoffrey McGrath commented on Ethan Jewett's event Puget Sound BTC
"Keith, staff from the 98th Rainier will be able to coordinate your pickup. Let me know your arrival plans as soon as they are firmed up."
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Puget Sound BTC at Camp Long, West Seattle WA

March 31, 2017 at 9am to April 2, 2017 at 1pm
Camp will open Thursday night for those driving/flying in for the training. Training starts Friday morning at 9am sharp.Washington area BPSA leaders are excited to host a spring Brownsea Training Camp.Named after the very first scout camp on England's Brownsea Island, Brownsea Training Camp (BTC) is the basic leader/Rover scout training for the Baden-Powell Service Association. When you attend a BTC weekend, you will come away with important information regarding what traditional scouting is…See More
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98th Rainier's First Swimming Up Otters

In the dark of December 5th, 2016, two Otters of the 98th Rainier completed the Otter program, achieving all badges and participations and experiences. These two became the first Swimming Up Otters in our scout group.A solemn yet joyous ceremony was held on the grounds of the Pathfinder HQ, around a campfire and lit by torches.…See More
Dec 7, 2016

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Geoffrey McGrath replied to Robert McKay's discussion Policy on Political Activism
"Happy to be of service--please use it as you see fit :)"
Dec 7, 2016

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Geoffrey McGrath replied to Robert McKay's discussion Policy on Political Activism
"Here is my little free-write on the topic: I think a "Movement Non-Political" avoids all partisan activities, especially those designed to support one candidate over another in a bid for office. The first rule of this is that we seek…"
Nov 19, 2016

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98th Rainier 2016 Fall Calendar

After taking a bit of a breath following a very busy traditional scouting summer, it is time for each section to pull together plans for the Fall, and look forward to the Winter. Listed will be upcoming events for later next year as well...I've been in the habit of creating specific Facebook events, perhaps we'll get organized and cross-post here in the BPSA Trailhead for those who are Facebook-phobic.  Also--the era of evening darkness has begun ("winter is coming(tm)"), so we will be flexible…See More
Sep 19, 2016

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Geoffrey McGrath replied to Joel Smith's discussion Uniforms & Subtropical Climates
"To stiffen the hat brim, i apply liberal use of spray fabric starch on the brim, then iron. Straightens it out and stiffens it up nicely. Additionslly, to manage the salt line from evaporated sweat, sont be afraid to rinse your quality felt hat in a…"
Sep 12, 2016

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Pathfinder badge display of the 98th Rainier of the Baden-Powell Service Association.
Aug 4, 2016

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Geoffrey McGrath replied to Joel Smith's discussion Uniforms & Subtropical Climates
"These fabrics would work in the Cascades. This shortsleeve http://www.blankshirts.com/Sport-Tek_YST350.htm?color=4. Or the long sleeve: http://www.blankshirts.com/Sport-Tek_T473LS.htm. Do we have access to BPSA logos for the back? Printing will be…"
Jul 31, 2016

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Geoffrey McGrath replied to Joel Smith's discussion Uniforms & Subtropical Climates
"It would be very cool if the Quartermaster could supply color-and-brand-conforming options of materials that span the diversity of climate we experience. For instance, in the often cool-and-gloomy-and-damp Pacific Northwest, wearing cotton in the…"
Jul 11, 2016

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Wood Beads I - 2016 at Bull Run Education Center, Sandy OR

September 16, 2016 at 9am to September 18, 2016 at 2pm
WB1 Otter & Tiberwolf Track REGISTRATION is LIVE: http://tinyurl.com/WB16Registration BPSA-US will be providing trainers to work under Ric's WFIS qualification, speeding up the process of establishing an indigenous WB training capability.See More
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Are you a member of a current BPSA group? If so, which?
I'm 51 years young, been an avid Scout all my live. Consider myself a Heritage Scout, with full-throated endorsement of the Scouting Movement world-wide. Trained as a social worker, but a software engineer by practice.
Are you interested in starting a new BPSA group?
I am the GSM for the 98th Rainier in Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.
Any previous scouting background?
Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 838. Founder and Scoutmaster for Troop 98. Founder and Committeeman for Pack 98.

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98th Rainier's First Swimming Up Otters

Posted on December 7, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

In the dark of December 5th, 2016, two Otters of the 98th Rainier completed the Otter program, achieving all badges and participations and experiences. These two became the first Swimming Up Otters in our scout group.

A solemn yet joyous ceremony was held on the grounds of the Pathfinder HQ, around a campfire and lit by torches.…

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Staffing Up the 98th Rainier

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

I was asked by a wise woman last night the following question, "How do people know what the staffing needs are in your scout group? Because if they don't know, then they won't volunteer..." I thought about this, and realized that where the gaps and opportunities are may be clear to me, but they may not be so clear to anyone else. The baseline requirement for youth leadership is spelled out in the…

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On Courtesy and Service

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 6:33pm 0 Comments

Today I received an e-mail from a gentleman who lives next the the church where we meet:
can you meet me before your meeting on Monday. I would like to talk about the noise from the kids. also Monday the 8th I'm going into surgery. I might need some help
thanks bob [not his real name]
I shared this with the Scoutmaster's consort (that would be my husband, Mike), who wondered if "bob" had considered honey attracts more bees…
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At 7:08pm on April 30, 2014, David Bielski said…

Glad you're here Geoff.  Welcome and please reach out if I may be of service or assistance.

At 1:14am on April 29, 2014,
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Dave McGrath
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Welcome aboard! This time I was born first!

At 10:39am on April 28, 2014,
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Jeff Kopp
said…

Welcome to Base Camp, Geoff! Great to have you here.

 
 
 

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Astronomy and Eclipse Viewing Resources

Hi all,I'm slowly developing some astronomy resources to help Pathfinders earn their Astronomy Special Proficiency Badge and to help all scouts appreciate the sky and learn astronomy and sky lore.On my blog you will find a planisphere (a rotating…See More
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