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.

 

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Red ‘necker’

It’s on the way to me per the Quartermaster!

2018 Autumn update

So I’m not doing much scouting since work occupies all of my time until near end of Dec 2018.

And since I decided to do the Lone Scout route it’s been Spartan on the scouting front. I want to do more and am considering rejoining with the 66th Confluence at renewal time.

 

2018 National Night Out

“Serving” hot wings tonight!

Grilled 40 lbs of donated chicken wings to get them all smokey and browned up.  Grilled

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about half way done and then tossed them into the slow cooker to finish the job.

Added cayenne pepper and habanero hot sauce.  That is about it.

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This Rover at the event

They did not last long. Considering the size of the crowds we have had the last couple of years at N. 14th Street & St. Louis Avenue it was bigger this year.

#nationalnightout #roverscout #bpsa

Chubb Trail yesterday

Rated as “difficult” by St Louis County Parks and alltrails.com, I managed to get lost on the 12 miles of trails yesterday.  Was a brief problem when I accidentally walked what I thought was the trail and it wasn’t.  Ended up on private property but quickly back to the official trail.

As I noted before, this park connects to the back side of  Castlewood State Park that is cut off by the Meramec River from the main portion of Castlewood.  It then connects to the trail behind Lone Elk Park of St Louis County Parks.

Perhaps St. Louis County and the State could coordinate some trail ‘blazes’ to better mark the official trail? Would be helpful.  Perhaps it is a future project for a Rover Scout.

At any rate, the only thing I had trouble persevering with was that it was too warm for Oct 1st.  I had started early enough at 8:30 am so I managed not to get drenched with perspiration.  All together I did about 6 miles.

I will return in a week when it is cooler and go a little further.

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Rover Scout: “Service”

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.

 

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.