Commissioner: could be fun

Not sure why I’ve been asked but I could end up being a commissioner for the BPSA to do training in the Midwest. It’s a nice challenge.  I think I’m up to it! Of course, it holds me to account and admittedly I’m a wee bit uncomfortable about doing it well. Must complete the BTC3 (Brownsea Training Camp [version] 3) to qualify.

Blades for Rovering

Thrift is a scouting virtue.

Like any hobby or interest, there is a budget to consider to participate. One thing I like to do in traditional scouting is dual use. A lot of BPSA-US members encourage the use of canvas type bags, some you see on the Quartermaster page. Since I also volunteer and train for FEMA projects, and Civil Air Patrol functions, I have contemporary ‘MOLLE’ type military bags. They’re not canvas. They are not camouflage. These bags are better, lighter and stronger, and they do not rot. In my view, less energy and waste means better for the environment, pound for pound of waste, so I go with MOLLE. And it’s dual use. In a couple cases FEMA, et al, gave me the bag(s). Why wouldn’t I use it? I can also use it as a Rover.

This leads me to the consideration of blades for scouting. For all of the hype, again, pound for pound consideration, the best scouting blades I’ve reviewed and used are old school Buck, Gerber hunting knives and K-Bar bayonet knives.  Durability, abililty to keep an edge, and value (budget minded!), these blades are exceptional.

The advantage too is they’re plenty long, strong enough for the trail and camp. Usually they’re fixed blade and high grade stainless steel. A disadvantage is they do not cost less buying them used because they’re in high demand since they are that good.

Value. Again, think traditional scouting (which means thrift!! per B-P himself), and it makes sense to consider the aforementioned, instead of of the common blades sold at REI or Walmart.

 

Toward addtional service

Within the next few months I have committed to earning the second of three ham licenses and will go for the General license in amature radio.

The ham is your best friend in a disaster, and because of the way radio signals ‘propigate’ a ham a thousand miles away might be the one who hears a distress call or aid in sending you help.  A General ham license will mean greater ability to serve the community better by being able to talk and send Morse Code in such emergency.

 

Bankruptcy for BSA

More bad news for fellow scouts at BSA.  Years ago they did not have precautions in place to weed out abusers like they do now.  Bankruptcy now looms because a lack of safety protocol.  Their drift years ago from ‘traditional scouting’ as envisioned by Lord Baden-Powell also hurt them.  Demographics of the population affected BSA.  Being too attached to religious institutions, that are disinterested in inclusion, is an issue now that BSA realized a need for it.  Many of the church based scout groups fell away recently because of abrupt change.  Further, some moved on to form their own independent, traditional, inclusive scouting organization like BPSA-US because of inclusion, not lack of it.

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I am pleased to know that the BPSA-US, from the onset is a tradional scouting organization.  Inclusion is important too and safety of our young scouts (and old too) is primary, not an afterthought.  All of us adult Rover scouts get an annual background check.

For the sake of all the fellow scouts who could lose their leadership I hope the BSA, or Scouts BSA will persist beyond bankruptcy.