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 Rovering, and at Mathew's suggestion I joined the BPSA Trailhead.  The key to success in any organization, at least to me, is you get out of it what you put in and more.

Today is September 18th, 2016.  I've been working on memorizing the Scout Promise, and I just finished Introduction to Traditional Scouting.  So far, I'm enjoying learning more about BPSA. Today's resolution is to try to make one new friend within the organization a week, more if possible.

September 21st, 2016: I sent my essay for the Inclusive Scout Award in today, and now I'm waiting for questions and revisions. (posted below)

September 22nd, 2016: Still working on memorizing things, and getting things started. Thank you to Scott Moore for the information in order to start these things, thank you to Mathew for your calmness.  I also finished Rover Scouts - What They Are and What They Do.  It's been a very good week so far

September 23rd, 2016: I earned the Inclusive Scout Award with the Essay "What Being Part of an Inclusive Group Means"!

November 7th, 2016: I finished The Rover Handbook

What Being Part of an Inclusive Group Means

The issue of acceptance is one that is being struggled with today on many fronts. It's pretty easy to accept everyone here in Southern California, as the LGBT community here includes family, neighbors, classmates, people I have taught as well as colleagues, and people I see everyday on the bus, train, even the grocery store.

In my city we've been inclusive of all of the above since the late 1970's, in my family it is the same. I plan to continue to accept people in these groups, as well as others, for the rest of my life. 

This doesn't stop at sexual identity though, it includes both racial and religious diversity as well. Again the area I live in, as well as working in a High School for many years, assure that tolerance is practiced and all are welcome. 

When it comes to religion, or lack of religion, that's a personal choice that should be accepted by all. I'm not saying everyone has to go to the same Church, but someone who goes to Mass should be welcomed as much as someone who attends the local Mosque.

All in all, Inclusiveness means everyone has the same right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Respectfully,

Michele Brown

December 2016: I finished my 10 Year Anniversary Award requirements

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