Message from the chief commissioner
Spring is in full swing in my yard, and it’s in full swing throughout the soon-to-be-renamed BPSA, too. There are so many things to share in this newsletter about how we are growing and changing: our new DEI Commissioner is starting to line up her projects and the crew to work on them, the ReNaming Committee is due to give a final presentation and we will have a new name in May, the Resource Committee is looking at ways to start an information library. The Pathfinder Handbook Committee is still hard at work making a truly fantastic upgrade to our program.
Change and growth are exciting, but they are also difficult, and slow. Spring is also the season for patience and grace. This year of pandemic has been difficult for everyone, in ways that are both common to all and unique to each. When I look around me, my gratitude for every single scout who shares this tent and is on this journey together gives me great optimism. Thank you for being here.
Yours in Traditional, Inclusive, Constantly-Evolving Scouting,
Signs of spring
The cold weather is easing and spring flowers are starting to bloom. Warmer weather invites more opportunity for some great hikes, camping, and nature exploration. Remember to continue following local, state, and CDC guidelines as you look to get your group outside exploring.
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Scout Law Update
Our Pathfinder Handbook Committee made a motion to officially, formally update our scout law, and it was quickly approved by the board. Summary of changes & full scout law below.
Law #4: "... brother or sister ..." changes to "sibling." This is substantially more inclusive to our non-binary scouts, simpler, and equalizing to all.
Law #6: "...friend to animals." changes to "...kind to animals."
Full Scout Law:
A scout's honor is to be trusted.
A scout is loyal.
A scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.
A scout is a friend to all and a sibling to every other scout, no matter to what country, class, or creed the other may belong.
A scout is courteous.
A scout is kind to animals.
A scout obeys orders.
A scout smiles and whistles.
A scout is thrifty.
A scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.
Do you have a Chipmunk Scurry? Or are you considering having one? There is a new version of the Chipmunk booklet available for download. This new version has had some updates and is better than ever. The leader guide is available for download separately, instead of as part of the Chipmunk booklet, and has new tips for leaders to make running a scurry easier. You can also download the new booklet in Spanish, too!
All of these are located at:
South Region: Resources to share
South Region Commissioner, Laura Sowdon, and GSM of the 17th Black Bears, Melanie Willett, have spent the last year creating a website that functions as a resource for scout leaders who could use a little help. They decided to spend part of the pandemic creating a website that helps leaders of all age levels and GSMs get more out of their BPSA experience. You can see the website at www.southregionbpsa.org
The Resource Section has links to the National Website, the Registration Dashboard, and has pages dedicated to posts, ideas and handouts for every age level. Blog posts over the last year have tackled a wide range of topics from how to recruit and keep volunteers, to how to plan a multi-year timberwolf program, to understanding sexism and menstruation as scout leaders. They have also featured many lesson plans for pandemic scouting and details of how to do scouting skills over zoom. After working on it for a year and adding new things every month, there are now many posts and resources to explore.
Drop by the website and leave a comment to let them know if you were there. If you'd like to guest author a blog post, send an email to email@example.com