Looking forward to another year of scouting…


I wanted to take a moment to share with you all some exciting changes coming to the 66th Confluence BPSA this Fall. I hope you and your family will be as eager as I am to embrace these new ideas, which I truly believe will strengthen our scouting.

Your Rovers (adult uniformed leadership) met last week to plan the coming year, and at the meeting, we adopted a new strategy for our regular monthly interactions. We are calling the new method: Second Sunday Scouting. And here is the BIG IDEA: rather than individual sections meeting on different days and at different locations (often in an urban setting) the 66th will meet on a Sunday afternoon once a month a regional park, conservation area or other “wild” venue. This will help consolidate leadership, promote fellowship among scouts and their families, and facilitate getting us out into nature more often. (Yay!)

Second Sunday Scouting will be an afternoon affair, typically lasting 2–3 hours (not including travel time). We have pre-selected locations for the meetings for the entire 2017–18 school year, and they all are an hour or less outside of St. Louis. Every meeting will have an opening ceremony, and then the age-grouped sections will work independently on their scouting, as well as looking for ways to collaborate on larger activities. There may be opportunities for hiking/biking/fishing/canoeing as a group or by sections after the regular meeting is concluded, all supervised by each section’s Rovers. As all sections will meet on the same day from now on, we can consolidate our resources and also bring in guest speakers/presenters as desired.

All in all, I am thrilled with this new direction and as your Group Scoutmaster, it is my job to see it through. But we will need the support of our scout families to make this a reality. In particular, we need parent volunteers to serve on our Auxiliary. This group helps plan outings, fund raises and manages the group’s books. Please email Jeff Kopp if you can serve a year on the Auxiliary. We also always welcome parents who would like to join the “nature nerds” we call Rovers. The uniformed adult leadership role is central to our success as an organization. See me or any other uniformed leader about joining the Hellbenders Rover Crew.

One final note, Second Sunday Scouting will begin on September 10th, but we have the annual Parent Meeting set for the evening of August 20th at Tower Grove Park. We are just waiting to confirm a time and a pavilion. We’ll have some food for all and some scouting activities for the youth. I hope to see you there, and think about bringing a friend or neighbor.

Onward 66th!

Yours in Scouting,
Colin E. Suchland
Group Scoutmaster (GSM)
66th Confluence – BPSA
Traditional Scouting for Everyone!
Saint Louis, Missouri

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