Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - Feb. 2014

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SCOUTING (Continued from Page 25) on knowledge and skills to the next generation, instilling values of community pride and a sense of belonging, and simply feeling good about taking action on a daily basis." BPSA emphasizes the importance of remaining outdoors, skill building, direct service and nature; everything they do is hands on. Georgia, an 11-year-old from Palenville, was previously a Girl Scout and is now a BPSA Pathfinder. She says she loves camping along with her family, which includes her younger brother, Rowan, 9, who is a Timberwolf. "We had to dig our own latrine!" Georgia said proudly. With two skill-building meetings, one hike and one weekend camping trip per month, the 91st Sojourners know a lot about traditional scouting. The scouting groups are broken down by age: Otters (5-7), Timberwolves (8-10), Pathfinders (11-17) and Rovers (18+). The adults-only "Rovers Crew" sets BPSA apart from some other scouting groups because being a Rovers Kate Johnson and Haida Mohammed teach Otters the square knot at the 91st Sojourners' first annual Family Camp at YMCA Camp Seewackamano in Olivebridge last fall. scout doesn't end when you reach the age of 18. The vision of traditional scouting is that it is a lifelong learning program — you never stop developing your outdoor skills or serving your community. Gloria Darmanin lives in Saugerties with her husband and two sons. She is a social media coordinator for Hudson Valley Parent magazine. The 91st Sojourners participated in the Riverkeeper's River Sweep volunteer litter cleanup at Sojourner Truth Park in Saugerties last spring. The co-ed scouting group removed an entire dumpster of trash from the site. 26 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2014 BPSA in the Hudson Valley Interested in starting your own chapter? It's easy to do. There is a fee of $35 to receive your charter license and you'll need at least two registered adult leaders and a minimum of two youth members in the same section. Reach out to your neighbors, friends, family and other parents to get the word out. Social media is a great tool to reach out to your community, and to recruit scouts and volunteers. For more information on the Baden-Powell Service Association, visit If you would like to inquire about joining the 91st Sojourners, e-mail Andy Bicking at for more information about their next open house and open enrollment. You can also visit their Facebook page: facebook. com/91stSojournersScoutsBPSA

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