Hello all,Wednesday was Founder's Day-- a celebration of Baden-Powell's birthday and his gift of the worldwide scouting movement. (And it's also Olave Baden-Powell's birthday, which is pretty cool.)I…Continue
Yo! BPSA leaders! Travis A. Wittwer (55th Cascadia; Asst. Western Region Commish) needs your participation for his "Scout Group Name Game." Emails went out to all GSMs, but only about half have…Continue
Friends and fellow leaders, it's with pleasure that I announce a new assistant commissioner for the southwest region: Lisa Ward! Lisa was recently knighted (YAY!) and will now work under the tutelage…Continue
"We are in the process of revamping our style guide and, once we do, will share with all.We will most likely stay with standard fonts-- I can't imagine buying fonts when we have so many other (better) ways we could use our funds. :)For now, the…"
"I have two questions as a lone scout: 1. "The scout will complete one BPSA advancement (appropriate to their Section) during 2016."
Since I'm new-ish, does this include Tenderfoot?
2. Four nights of camping:
Hi everyone,Important reminders re: the Inclusive Scouting Campaign and Ten Year Anniversary Award:1. These are *not* for sale to individual scouts/leaders in the QM store. (You won't find them there when you look.) 2. They MUST be purchased (via direct contact with our QM) by GSMs (or a designated area/group QM) or by Lone Scout leaders. 3. If purchased by a group's designated QM, the patches should immediately be handed over to the GSM. 4. The above is *intentional.* To earn the TYAA, a scout…See More
When I asked about the swim tests it was, I guess, sort of retorical, in that ,generally speaking, when you take the swim tests, its hard to show certain abilities like drown proofing, staying afloat, etc while wearing a pfd. I do believe…"
"Joseph, the swim tests are done without life jackets. But there should be lifeguards and lookouts on hand, as per the Safe Swim Defense.We are currently tweaking the SSD and having our legal people look at it-- hope to publish an updated version…"
Are you a member of a current BPSA group? If so, which?
College English teacher, nurse, and writer. Three grown kids who were involved in BSA and Campfire. I love camping, swimming, organic gardening, reading, and working with herbs. Lots of expertise in Earth sciences.
Are you interested in starting a new BPSA group?
I'm the BPSA's sixth chief commissioner as of August 2015. I also belong to 55th Cascadia (Portland, OR) where I'm the Rover Section Leader; I am a Rover night, mentored and knighted by the fifth BPSA chief commissioner, David Atchley.
Any previous scouting background?
Deep past involvement in BSA but left when their policies became overtly exclusionary. Started a pack and two troops and served in just about every role, including Scoutmaster. Wood Badge assistant course director. Was a leader-trainer at council level. OA Brotherhood member. Skills: campcraft, outdoor cooking (esp. Dutch ovens), nature study, geology, astronomy, first aid (I'm also a nurse), swimming, herb craft.
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When I asked about the swim tests it was, I guess, sort of retorical, in that ,generally speaking, when you take the swim tests, its hard to show certain abilities like drown proofing, staying afloat, etc while wearing a pfd. I do believe its also important for scouts (and everyone else), to be able to swim with pfds on as well if circumstances put you overboard, good to be able to swim back to the boat, or shore.
It is good to hear back from you, and also to know that the 55th Cascade has made accommodations.
My thought is that the BPSA-US organization might provide common guidelines to leaders. In that way all groups and sections would have some similar directions on how to proceed should they encounter scouts with disabilities. Furthermore, it could provide a way for our organization to invite children, who might feel reticent, to join in our outdoor activities.
Rather than leaving it up to individual leaders to grapple with each individual scout's case, national organizational alternatives for working with a number of disabilities, both mental and physical, may be more helpful.
More specifically, for example, if a scout cannot swim or hike, what can be done as a substitute so the scout may complete proficiency badges? And, since proficiency has been codified, shouldn't also the substitutes? In this way, scouts with similar disabilities will have completed similar requirements for proficiency.
Obviously, there cannot be "one size fits all" alternative requirements for a number of disabilities. However, a conformity in the choice of alternatives may assure a commonality among proficiency requirements.
In a previous life, I served in the BSA's Scouts with Disabilities program. Much in the same way as William Carter is working to bring Seafarers to BPSA-US, I would like to take on a quest of sculpting and orchestrating a program for scouts with disabilities. However, I have no desire to commit to such a task without the blessings of HQ.
I am curious to know whether or not HQ would like me to proceed with such an undertaking.
"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…"
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