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.
CAP balloon launch SAREX
Making friends in Havana
Rebuilding what was broken in Hurricane Maria
This Rover near Viñales, Cuba
Rover Scout: “Service”
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.
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.
Never been to a conference like this. Scheduled for the first week of April. Looks to be interesting! I also expect to hike a bit of Memphis. Hiking the urban terrain is challenging.
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:
4148 Botanical Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
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’.
There will be one in Michigan. I desire to attend it and help out. Making plans!
“Service” is the motto of the Rover Scout.
If all goes well I should be nominated by the governor of Missouri to sit on my local Selective Service board. Yes, the ‘draft board’.
Well, somebody has to do it. Why not me?
So a Rover Scout ran into a lost UPS driver the other day. And the scout was prepared.