Brownsea

Jeffrey Kaye, the GSM for the 45th Columbia River scouts (Vancouver, WA), shares his write up of the Pacific Northwest 2013 Brownsea training. Jeffrey, as well as leaders from the 55th, 59th, and 636th attended Brownsea in September of 2013. Thank you, Jeffrey, for sharing your words with us.
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PNW Brownsea Training Camp
´┐╝Pacific Northwest Brownsea Training Camp – 2013
During the third weekend of September 2013, adult leaders of four northwest BPSA-US Scout Groups joined together for Brownsea Training. BPSA-US Chief Commissioner David Atchley and Quartermaster Scott Hudson acted as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master respectively. Continue reading

September 2013 Report

How did September get past us?

In September, we hosted Northwest Brownsea. Brownsea is the name given to the training for BPSA leaders, and comes from Brownsea Island, the location of the first organized scouting camp, set up by then Lieutenant-General Baden-Powell in 1907. This experiment is accepted world-wide as the origins of scouting. Continue reading

Vigil

As the sun set, the warmth of the night blew in on sounds of insects dashing in and out of the lingering rays of light, and the low hum of the river. The walk down the river was slow, and intentional. In the distance, the sound of the Pileated woodpecker, the largest woodpecker, was heard. This was a rare sound. A new sound. The Vigil had started.

It was a time to look back on life, and look to the future. To consider purpose and Service. The location of this Vigil was not the initial choice. Indeed, the first choice was selected for reasons of ease and time. However, the name of the second campground fit so perfectly. It was meant to be the one.

A vigil is a time for the Rover Squire to reflect in the solitude of nature. The Vigil is part of the Squire’s progression to that of Rover Knight. Continue reading

August 2013 Report

August was a month of Ffffffs–Funding, Fun Times, and First Aid.

Scout Garage Sale
Funding: Scout Sale
We organized a fundraising event that held to our core beliefs of fundraising: (1) the fundraising endeavor should not be lengthy, such as months; (2) the fundraising endeavor supports the ideals of thrifty, resourcefulness, and community; and (3) the fundraising endeavor involves as many people in our 55th Cascadia group as can participate. We were strategically located just off of the busy Mississippi St/Skidmore intersection in Portland, Oregon. As our first fundraiser, it went well. We took notes on what worked, and ways to improve for next time. Yes, there will be a next time so put a box in your basement and start filling it with good items for a sale. Funds from the sale will be used to support the group with gear, adventures, and scholarships. Continue reading