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I am getting stationed at US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain

Good day fellow scouts,

Back in November 2016 I had to negotiate for new assignment orders for my next duty station. I had two choices: stay in southern California or go to Spain. Choosing orders in the Navy isn't up to the individual Sailor, but the Sailor can give up to five different choices. On December 1st I found out that I was selected to move to Spain. Well its May almost June and I don't official travel orders in hand. I hope I will get them in the next few weeks. 



Added by Clayton Smith on May 20, 2017 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Scout Season

We shifted our scout season away from the school year calendar (Aug - Feb) so now it runs from April to September, when the weather is nicer and we'd rather be outside. 

10th Research Triangle

Added by Joel Smith on March 29, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Nat'l Staff
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.…


Added by Geoffrey McGrath on December 7, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A New Blog

I'm not a huge fan of Trailhead's built-in blog system, so I've started a new Wordpress blog to record and work with my new Scouting experiences.  It can be found here:

The advantage of having a Wordpress blog is that friends, colleagues and family who aren't on Trailhead but who are interested in my thoughts on Scouting can have access to what I write.

Added by Paul Matisz on December 4, 2016 at 1:04pm — No Comments


After a recent visit to my mom's apartment, I took the opportunity this week to go through the old scouting stuff that has been sitting in one storage unit or another for about twenty years.

First I discovered the remains of my wool campfire blanket, which clearly provided meals for many generations of moths; the dozens of patches were salvageable, the blanket not so much. I'll be sewing them…


Added by Paul Matisz on November 25, 2016 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Back to Scouting

I think it's safe to say I grew up in Scouting: I was one of five kids and we were all in Scouts or Guides; my mom was a Guide leader and my dad, after both his sons joined Scouts, became a Scouter himself.  My maternal grandfather was a Scoutmaster back in the 1950s and 60s, and I remember how proud he was when I was invested as a Scout.  I went from Beavers all the way to Rovers, and attended my last Rover meeting about a month and a half…


Added by Paul Matisz on November 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

First camp of the 2016/17 season!

5th Brooklyn just held its first camp of the season, at Clarence Fahnestock State Park, one of our favorites.

The Otters camped on one of the group sites, and our Northern Timberwolf Pack set up on individual sites about four miles away.  Our Pathfinder troop camped in a corner of our group site, and used their lashing skills to create a very cool obstacle course for our Otters to navigate.

Coming from the theater, I use a "Roses & Thorns" approach to post-mortems; it's…


Added by Chance Michaels on October 11, 2016 at 12:43pm — 3 Comments

Hurricane Mathew

Hello All, Just wanted to say that we've survived Mathew, just got power back today, it was out since sat. night.  Hope all in areas where Mathew visited are well, and getting everything back to normal.  All that said, looks like we're now in for some great service opportunities around here.

In Service,

JC Braxton 

Added by Joseph C. Braxton on October 11, 2016 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Awards, badges, and other commendations

September 23rd, 2016: I earned the Inclusive Scout Award

December 2016: I earned the Ten Year Anniversary Award

Added by M. Michele Brown on September 24, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

My BPSA Journey

I started exploring BPSA when a very dear friend Mathew L. Mauss began sharing his experiences with me.

On July 25th, 2016 I registered an account and started to explore the organization more fully.  I really liked what I saw.

On September 17th, 2016 I finally registered for BPSA as a Lone Scout, and joined the Rover Program.  With that commitment the work began.  I started reading the books recommended for Rover Scouts, this same night I finished The Mini Guide to…


Added by M. Michele Brown on September 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Scout Meeting – August 2016

Added by Joel Smith on August 31, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Angry otters attack teens in California

Angry otters attack teens

Added by Joel Smith on August 20, 2016 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Organizational Structure

I've put together a draft table of organization to help prospective members understand our organizational structure in the 69th Rangers.

This is a direct link to the document on Google Drive. Please copy and modify as you see fit:

Table of Organization Google Doc

This is an image of the Table of Organization:…


Added by Dave McGrath on August 1, 2016 at 9:50pm — 4 Comments

Parting ways

Earlier this year I was tapped to serve as a Troop Guide on my council's Wood Badge staff. I was honored to be picked up and proudly looking forward to the experience. The other day the course director e-mailed all of us on staff and advised that due to low enrollment numbers two of the patrols would be dropped -- one of which was mine; I could stay on as extra commissary staff if I wanted. I didn't reply. The next day my daughter turned ten and as I read through the birthday wishes for her…


Added by Clint Vallee on July 21, 2016 at 5:01pm — 6 Comments

Test Blog Post 1

This is a test of the BPSA Trailhead blog.

Added by Joel Smith on July 12, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Nat'l Staff
Staffing Up the 98th Rainier

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…


Added by Geoffrey McGrath on June 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

⚜⚜⚜How I stumbled across BPSA-US⚜⚜⚜

⚜⚜⚜⚜BPSA-US Brothers and Sisters ⚜⚜⚜⚜

Welcome to my first blog post!

 I wanted to make my first blog post about my journey in finding BPSA-US. …


Added by Clayton Smith on January 23, 2016 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Nat'l Staff
Some observations on promoting the BPSA-US

It's been just over two years since I discovered and promptly joined the BPSA, thus starting my own journey in scouting.  Nearly the whole time I have done my best to promote the organization and recruit groups as well as scouts into our local group.  When we discuss promotion and recruiting we inevitably have to deal with an issue of brand recognition that we are trying to build, and the well established nature of other organizations.  I wish to identify some other obstacles that we face,…


Added by Will Adamson on October 30, 2015 at 10:34am — 9 Comments

Welcome to the BPSA Base Camp

Networking site for BPSA members & staff, plus anyone else interested in growing our coed, inclusive, traditional scouting program in the United States.

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Alright so school me here, where did the campaign hat go?Albeit, I wear a Stratton now, however I did initially buy a Rothco when I first joined - still have it (will probably hand it down to my daughter when she leaps up to pathfinding).We're no…See More
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Base Camp forum for BPSA scout groups and lone scouts living in the South Region: Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, District of Columbia, the Carolinas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin…See More
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NorCal Hullabaloo at Bort Meadows group campsite in Anthony Chabot regional park

July 7, 2017 at 2pm to July 9, 2017 at 12pm
Registration is now open for Northern California’s third annual Hullabaloo, at the Bort Meadow group campsite in Anthony Chabot regional park, from 2 PM on Friday, July 7th to noon on Sunday,…See More
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A Group for current and prospective Scout Group Leaders and other warranted group positions (Group Scoutmaster, Troop Leaders, Pack Leaders, Otter Leaders, and assistants for each).See More


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