Who/What is the Baden Powell Service Area?
As explained in this previous blog article the Baden Powell Service Area was created to support those units in our council who are not sponsored by – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as “Community Units” around here. Currently, that is about 45 units throughout the council but that number is rapidly changing – increasing. It’s taken a while to get any real traction but the volunteers on the Baden Powell Service Area Task Force (most of whom are leaders from those community units) started meeting last spring to determine the needs of leaders and what resources we could provide.
There have been many discussions about creating a VOA (Venturing Officers Association), teaching IOLS, BALOO, KODIAK, and leader-specific training, providing Roundtable, a Pinewood Derby, Camporee, Klondike and many other events and activities. There is so much that could be done because the problem is we need to know where to start.
Why a Roundtable?
Roundtables are meant to be a “face to face collaboration” where “Scouters help Scouters.” It’s a special kind of meeting where yes, someone is in charge, but all may share and all may help. It’s networking, inspiration, training, ideas. So, a bi-monthly roundtable is where the task force decided to start so that they can find out from the leaders what they want, what they need, which they feel are most important, and who can help put them together. This first roundtable will include a lot of brainstorming/planning etc. The meeting kick-starts the process of supporting community units the way they want to be supported. Since some of the districts in our council no longer hold a district-wide roundtable we had ideas for leaders. Some leaders might want to attend and get that training, information, networking, etc. that they currently miss.
Who can attend?
Anyone who wants to attend is welcome. As a “Service Area”, we cover the entire council. As stated above it was originally designed for the leaders in the “Community Units” in the UNPC. Keep in mind after 2019 when the LDS church no longer sponsors units all units in the UNPC will be “Community Units”. If you have any plans to continue in Scouting or plan to help start a new unit there are options. The leaders here are the kind of leaders you want to network with. These will be the people who have “been there, done that” and can help you navigate the road ahead.