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

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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.

 

tropical service

It was slow.

It was hot.

Occasionally disorganized.

Homes were rebuilt.

New building skills were acquired (I learned some masonry and rebar fabrication).

A modest hike occurred.

Insect bites were suffered (and continue to be).

Having mechanical and carpentry skills is good!  The ability to serve the people of Puerto Rico was a blessing and honor.

Vaya con Dios

 

#hurricanemaria #puertorico

 

 

Team Puerto Rico

Word has it prior to departure that our work team will assist “La Hormiga” as they work on demolition in a suburb of San Juan, PR.  The homes do not qualify for FEMA funds because the occupants didn’t legally own the property, so private groups are assisting with the rebuild. The state government is assisting the squatters with acquiring legal right to the land.  I do wish them well and not the speed with which matters typically happen on ‘island time’.

The days will be long in the sun. I am looking forward to cool nights and coqui frogs chirping all night.

#hurricanemaria

 

Leading a relief group for hurricane relief

In July 2018 I will lead a Hurricane Maria relief group to Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

I am expected to raise $1,000 that will cover my expenses like airfare, food, etc, but will also include my buying building materials for things like roofs.

A tax-deductible donation to assist me can be made through:

Midtown Church

4148 Botanical Ave.

Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

314-680-3670

One reason I am leading this is I know the island well. Some of our family is from the island. Additionally, I have carpentry, fabrication, search & rescue, and emergency radio operation skills as KE0JIT – ham radio that will aid this work.

As a Rover Scout, I will be prepared!

Thank you in advance for any small assistance, even if $5 or $10! Please specify in the ‘memo’ on your check ‘David Holden PR hurricane relief trip’.

 

Baden-Powell himself

Recently read a few unflattering pieces about Lord Baden-Powell. The least flattering and most critical was on a ‘free thinker’ site.

I understand the criticism. The problem with any hero is that it is far too easy in hindsight to see their foibles. Given enough time their alleged plagiarism and theft of ideas might outweigh apparent success.

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Three Scouting pioneers: Robert Baden-Powell (seated), Ernest T. Seton (left), and Dan Beard (right). Image and caption courtesy of Wikipedia.

Some of the criticism about B-P is deserved. Certainly the BPSA-US is aware of the ‘colonial’ charges, perhaps his “authoritarianism”. Certainly Seton’s view of scouting was to see indigenous cultures as ‘noble savages’, really not much of an improvement over Lord Baden-Powell’s Edwardian attitude.

The overly harsh criticism of B-P strikes me mostly as a case of plank-eye.

BPSA-US doesn’t try to drag down the good of what scouting accomplished. ‘Traditional scouting’ is their theme. Inclusive and democratic.  Religious, or not at all.

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Lord Baden-Powell, Chief Scout

For instance, BPSA-US realizes problems persist with aspects of the Boy Scouts of America scouting model. They hope to improve it. BPSA-US did improve it.  BPSA-US recognizes the good about BSA (and Girl Scouts) and sees them as fellow scouts.

What attracted me to BPSA-US was their success at improved scouting. Instead of whining about it something was done to fix it.  It is back to basics.  And everyone can participate!  Really, everyone.

I gather that some would hope the scouts wouldn’t persist, run contrary to their values. True, B-P was no saint, however, he did provide a movement with fantastic leadership. It was his true calling. Despite his foibles, B-P is justly still the chief scout.