NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP – JUNE 16-18, 2017 – This month, The Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) held its 4th annual Northeast All-Section Moot at Lackawanna State Park. Over 100 scouts of all ages gathered to take part in weekend scouting activities, building friendships and camaraderie.
A “Moot” is an Anglo-Saxon word for an assembly of people for the purpose of discussion or debate. Adopted by early scouts to denote a gathering of Rovers, BPSA groups in the northeast region have adapted this tradition to include Otters, Timberwolves, Pathfinders and Rovers in an annual event where scouts can practice traditional outdoor skills, engage in friendly and creative competitions, meet new friends, and learn from one another. Activities included biking, messaging with American sign language, Morse code and semaphores, orienteering, swimming, safety skills, pioneering/knots, building camp gadgets, and hiking.
Attending scout groups included: 1st Lone Scouts (throughout the Northeast), 5th Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY), 67th Wallabout Bay (Brooklyn, NY), 89th Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY), 8th Providence (Providence, RI), 17th Black Bear (Woodbridge, VA), 34th Woodland Rangers (Philadelphia, PA), 64th Brandywine (Oxford, PA), 68th Frost Hollow (North Abington, PA), 91st Sojourners (Kingston, NY Area).
The BPSA was formed in the U.S. in 2006 as a co-ed, inclusive, secular and traditional Scouting association. The association continues the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. The BPSA is not affiliated with either the Boy Scouts of America or the Girls Scouts of the USA; the BPSA is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).
For more information, please contact Victoria Martin Grimme, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-563-4003.
CAPTION: Scouts from across the northeast region attended the Moot.