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Astronomy and Eclipse Viewing Resources

Started on Tuesday 0 Replies

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…Continue

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Certificate Templates

Started this discussion. Last reply by 2psjstil4f3wx Mar 26, 2014. 11 Replies

I would like to print up certificates for completion of a Brownsea Training Camp and for Rover Investiture.  Does anyone have templates that I could use?  I can make boring ones but I'm guessing that…Continue

History and Philosophy of the BPSA, a draft of an explanation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ethan Jewett May 8, 2013. 39 Replies

The recent thread on women’s uniforms drifted into the history and philosophy of traditional scouting. Since some newer members (and perhaps some older members) are or were unaware of the reasons for…Continue

Minnesota-Wisconsin Brownsea, June 14-15-16

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chun-Yin "Chewy" Chong Jun 24, 2013. 7 Replies

Calling all Rovers!  We will host a Brownsea Training Camp at William O'Brien State Park June 14…Continue

 

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George Stecher commented on George Stecher's blog post Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere
"I've changed my settings so I get notified by email when someone comments on my posts, so I hope I won't let any other comments slip by."
Tuesday
George Stecher commented on George Stecher's blog post Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere
"Hi Katie,Sorry for the delay.  Somehow I missed your comment.  I used 7-zip, which is freely and has versions for the Windows, Mac, and Linux.  The next post in my blog, which corrected a typo or two, is what I think is a more generic…"
Tuesday
George Stecher posted a discussion

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 star chart that can be set for any date and any time) that you can download, print out, and assemble.  Instructions are included in the zip file.  (This was my Rover Project Badge project.)I've also started Rover George's Astronomy Notes, which will be…See More
Tuesday
George Stecher posted a blog post

Rover George's Astronomy Notes Introduction and Note #1: Viewing the Sun

Welcome to Rover George’s Astronomy Notes.  Each Note will be a short discussion about some aspect of astronomy designed to help Scouts—or anyone else—learn about the sky.  I will try to keep each note brief so that Scouts can print them and take them into the field.  They will be posted on my blog on BPSA Trailhead.   What will be covered? Eventually I hope to cover constellations and sky lore, motions in the sky, the Moon, observing planets, finding north, resources for learning about…See More
Aug 10
George Stecher posted a blog post

Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere -- fixed minor typos

I fixed some minor typos on the planisphere and instructions.  Also, this is a .zip file instead of a .7z file, which I think is more universal.  Here's the new file:  Planisphere.40N.BPSA.02.zipSee More
Jul 12
Katie Rogers commented on George Stecher's blog post Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere
"Thank you for this Planisphere! I am having trouble opening the file because I don't seem to have the right application to do so on my Mac. Any suggestions? There are a million choices..."
Jul 12
George Stecher posted a blog post

Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere

Hi all,For my Rover Project I made a planisphere that can be downloaded, printed out, and assembled.  A planisphere is a star chart that can be set for any time and date.  It is useful for learning stars, constellations, and star motions in the night sky.Give it a look!  I also plan to post more astronomy resources here in my Trailhead blog.Included in the 7zip file are the planisphere files, assembly instructions, and use instructions.  Here's the file:…See More
Jul 11
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Jun 8
George Stecher replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"Thanks!"
Jun 8

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William Carter replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"Nice work George!"
Jun 7
George Stecher replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"Thanks, Scott.  I will see what I can come up with.  I do want to write up more stuff, and a list of resources is high on the list.  It might take me a little while though, and that's a document that would change a lot. George"
Jun 7

Nat'l Staff
Scott Moore replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"Excellent write up, George!  Unfortunately, I'm traveling for the next two weeks and won't be on PC much, but I will check it out before the end of the month! As far as changing the scope of your original proposal, I'm fine with…"
Jun 6
George Stecher replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"Here is the 7zip file."
Jun 5
George Stecher replied to George Stecher's discussion Rover Project Badge idea in the group Rovers
"I see that I proposed this project over four years ago and wrote that I had hoped to finish within a year and a half. Ha! When I was in graduate school, an older graduate student gave me sage advice: "If another grad student tells you how long…"
Jun 5
George Stecher replied to David Atchley's discussion Introductions
"Hi Paul,Welcome!  I don't have great advice about starting a group, other than to use the resources BPSA-US provides, but I wanted you to know that you aren't the only science professor here--I'm a professor of physics and…"
May 8
George Stecher joined Jeff Kopp's group
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6th Woodrunners

6th Woodrunners Scout Group based in Minneapolis, MN, under the leadership of Chun-Yin Chong.See More
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Are you a member of a current BPSA group? If so, which?
6th Woodrunners
If you're a current member, which leadership positions do you hold; within your group, your region, or for BPSA National (if applicable)?
RSL of 6th Woodrunners
Any previous scouting background?
In 1982, in a different Scouting organization, I earned an award named after a big bird.

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At 10:58pm on March 7, 2014, David Bielski said…

Hi George, thanks for the warm welcome back, good to be here!

At 2:18pm on November 14, 2013,
Nat'l Staff
Jeff Kopp
said…

George, would you be interested in applying for the Regional Commissioner position?

At 8:28pm on October 10, 2013, Daniel Rendon said…
Very impressive background in Rovering and in your professional endeavors. My respects.
At 10:44am on June 6, 2013, Ric Raynor said…

Thanks George!

Together we are stongest!

YiTS, Ric

At 11:19pm on January 10, 2013,
Nat'l Staff
Richard C Saunders Jr (Rick)
said…

Happy Birthday!

At 7:09pm on September 11, 2012,
GSM
Chun-Yin "Chewy" Chong
said…
George, how the new school year?
At 8:14am on September 11, 2012,
BPSA HQ
Scott Hudson
said…

Hey George. How's the new semester going?

At 10:10pm on September 10, 2012, David Atchley said…

Hey! There you are!

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Rover George's Astronomy Notes Introduction and Note #1: Viewing the Sun

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Welcome to Rover George’s Astronomy Notes.  Each Note will be a short discussion about some aspect of astronomy designed to help Scouts—or anyone else—learn about the sky.  I will try to keep each note brief so that Scouts can print them and take them into the field.  They will be posted on my blog on BPSA Trailhead.  



What will be covered?



Eventually I hope to cover constellations and sky lore, motions in the sky, the Moon, observing planets, finding north, resources…

Continue

Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere -- fixed minor typos

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 2:24pm 0 Comments

I fixed some minor typos on the planisphere and instructions.  Also, this is a .zip file instead of a .7z file, which I think is more universal.  Here's the new file:  Planisphere.40N.BPSA.02.zip

Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

Hi all,

For my Rover Project I made a planisphere that can be downloaded, printed out, and assembled.  A planisphere is a star chart that can be set for any time and date.  It is useful for learning stars, constellations, and star motions in the night sky.

Give it a look!  I also plan to post more astronomy resources here in my Trailhead blog.

Included in the 7zip file are the planisphere files, assembly instructions, and use instructions.  Here's the file:…

Continue
 
 
 

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"I've changed my settings so I get notified by email when someone comments on my posts, so I hope I won't let any other comments slip by."
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George Stecher commented on George Stecher's blog post Astronomy: The BPSA Planisphere
"Hi Katie,Sorry for the delay.  Somehow I missed your comment.  I used 7-zip, which is freely and has versions for the Windows, Mac, and Linux.  The next post in my blog, which corrected a typo or two, is what I think is a more generic…"
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George Stecher posted a discussion

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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