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.
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.
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.