Where I Serve

The Rover Scout motto in the BPSA-US is “Service“.

It’s part of the whole concept of errant knighthood, looking to do something useful other than fighting windmills, of course.  BPSA-US Rover Scouts are adult scouts, much as Lord Baden-Powell envisioned when he helped start the scouting movement early in the 20th Century.

The idea of course is to be helpful, as it states in the Scout Law.  Perpetuate a lifestyle of being useful in the scout group and in the community at large.  Encouraging others to do the same.

Scouting is a great structure to let your inner-nerd shine, particularly for the introvert.  So far I’ve had success at being useful in the community.  Thus far:

  • As a licensed ham radio operator, KE0JIT. At present as a Technician license operator.  Ham radio licensees are your best friend during any disaster.  With study I would like to go for the General license in 2019.
  • A secret project. Nope, not saying what it is here. It wouldn’t be a secret if I did.
  • Disaster relief (Hurricane Maria) in Puerto Rico through the La Hormiga Project and La Travesia Iglesia.
  • Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – Emergency Services.  If you get lost, or there is a downed pilot, we’ll help come find you.  I also help keep a squadron at CAP safe.

 

And there is other stuff, mostly less organized or more personal.

And during late 2018 into 2019 because time management may not be as big of an issue, I hope to assist in the scout group specifically.  Chiefly the 1st Lone Scouts is my aim, but we’ll see what happens.  Juggling priorities has been an obstacle to attending a hullabaloo or assisting at a BPSA -US Brownsea scout training.

 

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The problem with being an old scout

So, yeah, getting old. As the official summer wraps up I am concluding a couple of things.

One is the importance of keep moving about.  If you stop moving, you don’t want to start up again.  Newton was right, particularly as it applies to aging bodies in motion.

So despite my interest in carrying a larger pack and hiking a long distance it probably isn’t going to happen without a beast of burden.  Or an ATV.  I think I’m limited to about a 25 pound load.

Lastly, heat.  Really do not do well in it anymore, especially if somewhat laborious.  So temperatures above 90′ F are managed unlike when I was in my 20’s.  At 52 you can do things in the heat, just not for a very long time.  I discovered this in my early 40’s pouring cement in the back yard when I couldn’t take long breaks.  It hasn’t improved with age.

So being older and a scout has its challenges.  Go for the shaded trails!

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Me in the cold where it had a different set of challenges than the summer heat.

Hike!

Don Robinson State Park

Hike today at Don Robinson State Park. Second time on this trail, my first being right after the park first opened last year. But I’m out of shape from less hiking this past year so I had to take the cut out and do about 2 miles. Lots of scenic hills and Karst.