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
Regarding the Ten Year Anniversary Awards for GROUPS and PATROLS.... We have not ordered these recognition items in advance as they won't be cheap and we didn't want to over-order, i.e., no sense…Continue
"Where does the patch goes on the TW and OT uniform? Can you please point me to the correct resource as this, along with the Inclusiveness Award are not pictured, since they are not commonly earned patches.
Regarding the Ten Year Anniversary Awards for GROUPS and PATROLS.... We have not ordered these recognition items in advance as they won't be cheap and we didn't want to over-order, i.e., no sense keeping them in stock as no one else will be eligible for them in the future. Now that the award period has closed, it's time for a head count. If your Group or one or more of your Pathfinder patrols earned the TYAA (using the Group or patrol) requirements), please email me at…See More
""A Wood Beads I course was held near Sandy, OR., in September 2016. Trainers from Canada led the event, supported by in-training-trainers Marika Beck and Chuck Ehrismann. This was the first WFIS Wood Beads course to be held on US…"
"Reminder! There are only about two weeks left to complete the requirements for the Ten Year Anniversary Award, after which the ability to earn it goes away for good! ALL WORK FOR THE TYAA MUST HAVE BEEN DONE WITHIN 2016.
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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…See More
"When we placed our last order, both the Inclusive Award and the TYAA were available. You need to leave a comment for the QM requesting them when you place an order for other things, and he'll include the awards in the order."
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.
What BPSA Scout Group do you belong to (if any)?
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.
Any specific skills or talents that you could help BPSA out with?
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.
I just posted an event listing for a BTC/Moot to be held in Abingdon, VA April 7-9. Cost will be $30. Fee will cover badges awarded, Brownsea necker, food, and some instructional materials. If you are a Rover Squire who wishes to pursue knighting…See More