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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.…

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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:


https://scouterpaul.wordpress.com/

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

Treasures

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…

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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…

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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…

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


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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…

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Added by M. Michele Brown on September 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — 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


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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:…

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


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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…

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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


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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…

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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. …

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


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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,…

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


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Sacramento Cornucopia Project

31st River Valley is going to be volunteering with The Cornucopia Project on Sunday, October 25th. https://www.facebook.com/groups/818198514902123/
Service!

Added by David Coronado on October 16, 2015 at 12:45am — No Comments


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8 Minutes to Easy Eggs: Pathfinder Finn's Hobo Stove

A few of the Pathfinders at the 91st have been experimenting with homemade and lightweight camp cooking tools. Here's their latest invention caught on film at our October camp out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWklcPKf0Sw

Added by Andy Bicking on October 13, 2015 at 3:24pm — 3 Comments

8th Providence First Organization Conference Call

The 8th Providence held a conference call for active parents and prospective leaders tonight (August 18).  We had 4 attendees, and the slides were circulated to all parents (15+ families) with additional responses offline.  After learning from others on Base Camp, especially the 91st Sojourners, we focused on meeting location, leadership organization, and member on boarding as the critical topics.  At the end of the call, we now have 2 committed Auxiliary Committee members, a candidate for…

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Added by Robert McKay on August 18, 2015 at 8:55pm — No Comments

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Geoffrey McGrath updated an event

Puget Sound WA Spring 2017 Brownsea Training Camp (BTC) at Camp Long ELC

March 31, 2017 at 9am to April 2, 2017 at 12pm
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…See More
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Diane Carson is now a member of Baden-Powell Service Association Trailhead
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Northeast Moot - June 16-18, 2017 at Lackawanna State Park, PA at Lackawanna State Park, PA

June 16, 2017 at 6pm to June 18, 2017 at 12pm
The 68th Frost Hollow is excited to host the 2017 Northeast Moot at Lackawanna State Park in PA. The location was chosen to make travel as easy as possible for the largest number of families in the Northeast. We're planning a full weekend of…See More
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Celeste VanLandingham is attending Victoria Grimme's event

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Brownsea Training Camp at Susquehannock State Park

June 2, 2017 at 6pm to June 4, 2017 at 12pm
Time for another Brownsea Training Camp! We will post a signup sheet and further details as the planning progresses. Any questions, please email me!See More
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Cynthia Kwan commented on Cynthia Kwan's event Northeast Moot - June 16-18, 2017 at Lackawanna State Park, PA
"Here is the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294551100964204/"
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Cynthia Kwan posted an event

Northeast Moot - June 16-18, 2017 at Lackawanna State Park, PA at Lackawanna State Park, PA

June 16, 2017 at 6pm to June 18, 2017 at 12pm
The 68th Frost Hollow is excited to host the 2017 Northeast Moot at Lackawanna State Park in PA. The location was chosen to make travel as easy as possible for the largest number of families in the Northeast. We're planning a full weekend of…See More
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Todd Svitzer is now a member of Baden-Powell Service Association Trailhead
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Profile IconLorje Salamonski (LC) and Jennifer Best are attending Victoria Grimme's event

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Brownsea Training Camp at Susquehannock State Park

June 2, 2017 at 6pm to June 4, 2017 at 12pm
Time for another Brownsea Training Camp! We will post a signup sheet and further details as the planning progresses. Any questions, please email me!See More
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