Joining the BPSA
The Portland chapter of the Baden-Powell Service Association is forming!
Welcome to the 55th Cascadia Scouts!
I feel so proud to be on the ground work for such an inclusive scouting platform and look forward to helping parents and kids, boys & girls, discover the fun of the outdoors and scouting in general.
Yesterday was the first informational meeting held at Velo Cult. Ethan and Travis gave a presentation about the BPSA, the forming of the 55th Cascadian Scouts, and answered questions about the new chapter, who is included (everyone), and what might be planned for the year.
There were two camera crews and a writer for Portland Monthly.
I was in the Cub Scouts back when I was in 3rd Grade, but after less than a year, I grew a bit leary about the emphasis on service to the church while in a public school so I decided to withdraw from the group. I’ve been an atheist since the age of 12, but even back in 3rd grade, the blurring line between church in state, visa-vi the support of church groups in a public schools, was very bothersome. Although I was raised Roman-Catholic, I stopped going to church when I was 12 years old.
I was specifically told “Tomas, if you don’t believe in God, you can’t be in the Cub Scouts”
Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. Bub-bye.
Ever since co-founding Cycle Wild back in 2008, I’ve been wanting to help people reconnect to nature and outdoor skills. After talking to Ethan about radios, scouting, Search & Rescue, and what it meant to be a scout many years ago, my interest has been re-ignited.
Let’s see how this goes.
Who is the Baden-Powell Service Association? Often referred to as the BPSA for short, it’s named after the founder Baden-Powell. The association is trying to go back to the roots of Scouting and connecting to the outdoors.
Here is the presentation given by Travis and Ethan
The 55th Cascadian Scouts online: