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More New Groups to Welcome!

28 Feb

We’d like to announce another batch of newly chartered groups to our association:

51st Ad Astra – Mechanicsville, VA (Louise Capps, GSM)
16th Alberton Gorge – Alberton, MT (Frank McKinney, GSM)
39th Cypress – New Orleans, LA (Daniel Verlane Holloway, GSM)

Welcome aboard and good scouting to you!

Regional Commissioner Positions Available

6 Feb

BPSA is looking for volunteer applicants for the following positions!

The application deadline for these positions is March 15, 2014.

What are we looking for in our volunteer staff?

Consider this position if you…

  • believe in our mission to bring traditional scouting to the US within the context of a coed, inclusive environment,
  • have time and enthusiasm for our cause and program,
  • are willing to work hard to help BPSA succeed as a youth program, and
  • are 18 or over and are currently registered as BPSA member or eligible to register upon acceptance of the position.

If you meet the above criteria, read on; you could be a great fit for this needed role within our organization.

Regional Commissioner - Midwest & Southwest (2 positions)

BPSA membership and chartered groups are growing each year. To help provide a point of contact for members, Group Scoutmasters and others involved or interested in the BPSA program, we have put in place volunteer Commissioners at the “regional” level. Currently, we’ve divided up the country into 5 primary regions – Northeast, Midwest, South, Southwest, and West (see below).

 

 

Commissioners serve as Liasons and also representatives of their respective regions with HQ. Regional Commissioners are also considered voting members within their region. The primary responsibilities of Regional Commissioners are as follows:

  • Provide a first point of contact for members and non-members in their region about BPSA and our program
  • Help new and existing groups in their region maintain and build a good program
  • Coordinate, organize and work with other BPSA members in the region to provide training camps and activities
  • Enable effective communication with members, groups in the region regarding program and policy
  • Provide news and updates to BPSA HQ on regional activities, training and other events
  • Work with local groups and members to ensure BPSA and our program receive attention via news and other media sources
  • Network within the region to help find sponsors and supporters for the BPSA
  • Attend any quarterly HQ conference calls or meetings and provide input and ideas

Regional Commissioners are also able to delegate work to other BPSA members, groups or ad-hoc committees as needed for meeting any of the above goals. If funding for a particular activity, event, or undertaking is required, the Regional Commissioner should bring it to the attention of the Treasurer and also before HQ at a regular meeting for approval.

Volunteer applications should be sent via email to hq@bpsa-us.org. The “subject” line should mention the position being applied for, and the following information should be provided in the email:

Full Name: (First M. Last)

Social Security #: We do require a background check for all positions.

Contact Info: Phone number, alternate email

Address: Postal Address

BPSA Scout Group (if any): If you’re registered with a group or as a Lone Scout, let us know.

Resume/CV (attachment): If you have a resume or CV that provides background related to your position or that you might think is relevant, attach it.

Why you want to take on this position? Give us a summary of why you want this position; what intrigues you about it, what ideas you bring to the role and why/how you think taking on this role would be a benefit for BPSA and its program.

Remember, we need your application sent in to us by no later than March 15, 2014!

We look forward to hearing from you as we begin this process of staffing out HQ and working to make our organization and program more complete and successful!

Yours in Traditional Scouting,

BPSA HQ Staff and Committee

Newly Chartered Groups for January

16 Jan

We’ve just finished processing new charters from over the holidays, so I’d like to give a warm welcome to two of our newest chartered Scout Groups:

44th Lake Winnebago Scout Group
Appleton, Wisconsin
Group Scoutmaster: Dale Frampton

5280th Mountaineers Scout Group
Denver, Colorado
Group Scoutmaster: Joseph Clark

Welcome aboard to our new groups and happy hunting on your scouting trails!

Three New Groups to Welcome!

20 Nov

It’s time to take care of some business and welcome our newest Scout Groups to BPSA:

Group Name: 57th Camp Collins
Location: Ft. Collins, CO
Group Scoutmaster: Amie Tyler
Region: Southwest

Group Name: 212th FoF Dallas
Location: Dallas, TX
Group Scoutmaster: Dan Dornback
Region: Southwest

Group Name: 33rd Pioneer
Location: Spokane, WA
Group Scoutmaster: Joe Edge
Region: West

That brings our Scout Group count up to 45 across the USA. Welcome aboard and Good Scouting to you!

Fundraising and Grant Writing Assistance Needed

11 Nov

The Baden-Powell Service Association, having recently been granted 501(c)(3) status, is looking for people to help with fundraising and grant writing. Previous experience, although potentially helpful, is not necessary. We will be tasked with developing ideas and pursuing funding opportunities for BPSA-US.

If you are looking for a way to support our burgeoning effort to bring Traditional Scouting to Everyone, this would be a good one! Please email our Treasurer, Kathleen, at treasurer@bpsa-us.org.

Thank you!

Newly Chartered Groups! Welcome!

17 Oct

I wanted to take a moment to announce our newest set of chartered groups in the organization. Congratulations to each of these new groups and their Group Scoutmasters for stepping up and helping the youth in their community and making the BPSA traditional scouting program stronger for the future!  Follow the links to find them on Scout Finder and get in touch if you’re in their area(s)!

995th Wildcat Valley Scout Group
Group Scoutmaster: Lynn Gillespie
Location: Greentown, Indiana
Scout Finder: http://www.scout-finder.bpsa-us.org/index.html?p=Greentown,IN

 34th Woodland Rangers Scout Group
Group Scoutmaster: Amy Marie Kwasnicki
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Scout Finder: http://www.scout-finder.bpsa-us.org/index.html?p=Philadelphia,PA

82nd Sandhills Adventurers Scout Group
Group Scoutmaster: Nathan Feinberg
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Scout Finder: http://www.scout-finder.bpsa-us.org/index.html?p=Fayetteville,NC

Welcome aboard and happy Scouting to you!

Fundraising and Grant Writing

1 Oct

We are looking for someone with experience with fundraising and grant writing to help develop ideas and pursue funding opportunities for BPSA-US. If you have any experience with either and are willing to lend your expertise, please send an email to treasurer@bpsa-us.org. Thanks!

Midwest Commissioner Needed!

12 Sep

BPSA is looking for volunteer applicants for the following position!

UPDATE: The application deadline for this position has been pushed back to Dec. 31, 2013.

What are we looking for in our volunteer staff?

Consider this position if you…

  • believe in our mission to bring traditional scouting to the US within the context of a coed, inclusive environment,
  • have time and enthusiasm for our cause and program,
  • are willing to work hard to help BPSA succeed as a youth program, and
  • are 18 or over and are currently registered as BPSA member or eligible to register upon acceptance of the position.

If you meet the above criteria, read on; you could be a great fit for this needed role within our organization.

Regional Commissioner - Midwest (1 position)

BPSA membership and chartered groups are growing each year. To help provide a point of contact for members, Group Scoutmasters and others involved or interested in the BPSA program, we have put in place volunteer Commissioners at the “regional” level. Currently, we’ve divided up the country into 5 primary regions – Northeast, Midwest, South, Southwest, and West (see below).

 

 

Commissioners serve as Liasons and also representatives of their respective regions with HQ. Regional Commissioners are also considered voting members within their region. The primary responsibilities of Regional Commissioners are as follows:

  • Provide a first point of contact for members and non-members in their region about BPSA and our program
  • Help new and existing groups in their region maintain and build a good program
  • Coordinate, organize and work with other BPSA members in the region to provide training camps and activities
  • Enable effective communication with members, groups in the region regarding program and policy
  • Provide news and updates to BPSA HQ on regional activities, training and other events
  • Work with local groups and members to ensure BPSA and our program receive attention via news and other media sources
  • Network within the region to help find sponsors and supporters for the BPSA
  • Attend any quarterly HQ conf calls or meetings and provide input and ideas

Regional Commissioners are also able to delegate work to other BPSA members, groups or ad-hoc committees as needed for meeting any of the above goals. If funding for a particular activity, event, or undertaking is required, the Regional Commissioner should bring it to the attention of the Treasurer and also before HQ at a regular meeting for approval.

Volunteer applications should be sent via email to hq@bpsa-us.org. The “subject” line should mention the position being applied for, and the following information should be provided in the email:

Full Name: (First M. Last)

Social Security #: We do require a background check for all positions.

Contact Info: Phone number, alternate email

Address: Postal Address

BPSA Scout Group (if any): If you’re registered with a group or as a Lone Scout, let us know.

Resume/CV (attachment): If you have a resume or CV that provides background related to your position or that you might think is relevant, attach it.

Why you want to take on this position? Give us a summary of why you want this position; what intrigues you about it, what ideas you bring to the role and why/how you think taking on this role would be a benefit for BPSA and its program.

Remember, we need your application sent in to us by no later than October 31, 2013!

We look forward to hearing from you as we begin this process of staffing out HQ and working to make our organization and program more complete and successful!

Yours in Traditional Scouting,

BPSA HQ Staff and Committee

Brownsea Training Camp(s) 2013!

18 Mar

I want to encourage our adult members and those around the Minnesota, Missouri and New Hampshire areas to really make an effort to attend one of our upcoming Brownsea Training Camps (BTC).

BTC is the first and most important step in adult, Rover training within our association. Attending one will help you and your group get off to a great start, by

  1. Introducing traditional scouting, scouting history & tradition, BPSA and WFIS.
  2. Give you hands on experience in learning all the outdoor/scoutcraft skills needed to teach a 1st year Pathfinder.
  3. Provide a learning environment by having you participate as a member of a patrol on a Troop campout, giving you insight into how groups and the patrol system work.
  4. Earn your investment as a Rover Squire, your first step in the Rover program.

(Check out photos from last year’s Missouri BTC -http://www.flickr.com/photos/kopper/tags/mobtc2012/)

As with any youth program, the quality of the program starts from the bottom up, through the training of adults and volunteers who understand the fundamentals, methods and aims of the program; and are creative and enthusiastic enough to take the time to “be prepared” as a Rover and leader of younger scouts.

I have no doubt that this is you. Follow one of the links below and register for your spot in one of our upcoming BTC events near you. It’s one weekend that will cover a lot of ground and invests you in the program you’ve chosen and want to see succeed!

North East (New Boston, NH):
https://www.wepay.com/events/spring-2013-brownsea-northeast

Mid-West (Marine on St. Croix, MN):
https://www.wepay.com/events/spring-2013-brownsea-minnesota

Mid-West (St. Louis, MO)
https://www.wepay.com/events/spring-2013-brownsea-missouri

BPSA National Call for Volunteers

20 Dec

The Baden-Powell Service Association is looking for volunteer applicants for the following positions!  Applications for these positions should be sent in by January 31, 2013.

What are we looking for in our volunteer staff?

Consider one of these positions if you…

  • believe in our mission to bring traditional scouting to the US within the context of a coed, inclusive environment,
  • have time and enthusiasm for our cause and program,
  • are willing to work hard to help BPSA succeed as a youth program, and
  • are 18 or over and are currently registered as BPSA member or eligible to register upon acceptance of the position.

If you meet the above criteria, read on; you could be a great fit for one of these needed roles within our organization.

The following list gives a description of the responsibilities and expectations of those roles as well.  Read carefully and if you’re interested in applying for a position, follow the instructions after the list to submit your application.  Keep in mind that BPSA is a volunteer-run organization and we do not have any paid full- or part-time staff.  Our organization’s success is up to the commitment and ethusiasm of our members.

  1. Treasurer
  2. Regional Commissioner (Northeast)
  3. Regional Commissioner (South)
  4. Regional Commissioner (Midwest)
  5. Regional Commissioner (Southwest)
  6. Regional Commissioner (West)

Treasurer (1 position)

As part of the Executive Committee (HQ), the Treasurer is responsible for managing and tracking the budget and finances of BPSA. The treasurer should have a background in or experience with finance, budgeting, fundraising and other money matters. Among the duties of Treasurer are:

  • Yearly financial filing for organization, Federal 501(c)3 and State
  • Keeping financial records and receipts, archiving them and making them available to HQ
  • Coordinating with each area of HQ (Quartermaster, Secretary, CC and others) on creating and managing a budget for each area
  • Presenting our fiscal status in a report each quarter to HQ and yearly to our members
  • Managing our bank account/PayPal account and other resources, ensuring security and appropriate access to funds
  • Coordinate with other ad-hoc committees on fundraising efforts and expenditures

As a member of the HQ Executive Committee, you will also be a voting member and integral part of the organization. You should be available for any quarterly or other staff conference calls and make yourself available to HQ membes and ad-hoc committee chairman as needed. The ability to track and manage a budget are important in this role; as is the ability to communicate well with others, both written and oral.

Your experience and creativity can be brought to bear on proper financial management techniques, tools and methods to be employed by the BPSA; as well as best practices in communicating to our HQ staff and members. Keep in mind, this is a volunteer-run organization, and as a volunteer, you’ll need to be able to manage your own time and tasks in a way that not only helps the organization, but allows you the time to do your current work and be with your family—each of those is important to all our volunteer members and we understand that working with a large, volunteer organization can take a lot of time and effort.

Regional Commissioner - Northeast, Midwest, South, Southwest and West  (5 positions)

BPSA membership and chartered groups are growing each year. To help provide a point of contact for members, Group Scoutmasters and others involved or interested in the BPSA program, we are putting in place volunteer Commissioners at the “regional” level.  Currently, we’ve divided up the country into 5 primary regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, Southwest and West (see below).

Commissioners serve as liasons and also representatives of their respective regions with HQ. Regional Commissioners are also considered voting members within their region. The primary responsibilities of Regional Commissioners are as follows:

  • Provide a first point of contact for members and non-members in their region about BPSA and our program
  • Help new and existing groups in their region maintain and build a good program
  • Coordinate, organize and work with other BPSA members in the region to provide training camps and activities
  • Enable effective communication with members, groups in the region regarding program and policy
  • Provide news and updates to BPSA HQ on regional activities, training and other events
  • Work with local groups and members to ensure BPSA and our program receive attention via news and other media sources
  • Network within the region to help find sponsors and supporters for the BPSA
  • Attend any quarterly HQ conference calls or meetings and provide input and ideas

Regional Commissioners are also able to delegate work to other BPSA members, groups or ad-hoc committees as needed for meeting any of the above goals. If funding for a particular activity, event or undertaking is required, the Regional Commissioners should bring it to the attention of the Treasurer and also before HQ at a regular meeting for approval.

Great, so how do I apply for one of these positions?

Volunteer applications should be sent via email to hq@bpsa-us.org.  The “subject” line should mention the position being applied, and the following information should be provided in the email:

Full Name: (First M. Last)

Social Security #: We do require a background check for all positions.

Contact Info:  phone number, alternate email

Address: Postal Address

BPSA Scout Group (if any): If you’re registered with a group or as a Lone Scout, let us know

Resume/CV (attachment): If you have a resume or CV that provides background related to your position or that you might think is relevant, attach it.

Why you want to take on this position?  Give us a summary of why you want this position; what intrigues you about, what ideas you bring to the role and why/how you think taking on this role would be a benefit for BPSA and its program.

Remember, we need your application sent in to us by no later than January 31, 2013!

We look forward to hearing from you as we begin this process of staffing out HQ and working to make our organization and program more complete and successful!

Yours in Traditional Scouting,

BPSA HQ Staff and Committee