Happy New Year and welcome to Spring 2018. During this semester our students, curators, and collaborators will share outdoors activities with emphasis on specific learning topics. The topics are related to higher education courses also being taught this term.
Our first topic is the Environment. The focus is sustainability, climate, food, lands, reducing human impact, etc. Other topics will be open based on current interest and news.
We start our Spring 2018 with an outdoors Visit to the Center of Environmental Studies of Comunitat Valenciana in Spain.
Solar and wind exhibits outside main building of Center of Environmental Studies of Valencian Community. The center has a sample of energy sources used in Spain.
More photos of their farm and garden coming soon. Visit their website
Reblogging the first post that initiated this idea and project. The University is Outdoors.
Learning moments and activities outside the classroom. Resources for outdoors learners. The university is outdoors. This is our latest project based on many teachable moments found during our trips and outdoors activities. We want to share what the communities are doing to teach their citizens about the environment, energy, information systems, and technologies. Jun 30, 2014.
Scouts learned during 2015 World Scout Jamboree how Japan handle their recyclables. Troop had to divide trash into eight different parts (combustible, non combustible, hard plastic, soft plastic, aluminum, other metals, hard cartons, and paper). They later divided again into sixteen parts to be separately carried out of the Jamboree site.
During our tours to villages, cities, and parks, we were able to see different kind of recycling bins.
This map provides general locations of major fires burning in California. The fire locations are approximates. Some of the fires on the map are not in the jurisdiction of CAL FIRE and are under the command of another local or federal fire agency.
While Californians are learning more and more about the good as well as the bad of fire, the prevention of large, damaging fires remains a priority for CAL FIRE. From Smokey Bear, to the thousands of CAL FIRE Volunteers in Prevention (VIPs), to new alliances with communities, private industry, and government agencies, aggressive action in fire prevention and fire safety is occurring throughout the State.
#PlanB #BePreparedToChange #LongTrails #WeatherReports ==> “After about half of mile of trudging through more than half a foot of snow that dropped last night, we realized that finding trail was already difficult, and yet another 5 to 8 inches of snow is expected today and tonight. This realization (coupled with a little common sense) brought us to the decision to hike this trail another day in the future. We’re now headed into town for a hot cocoa and in search some fried chicken.”
Mark Thompson behind the scenes. Both take amazing outdoors photos. #WindEnergy in #Kansas. ==> “In the first three months of 2017, two wind farms — the 200-megawatt Cimarron Bend II wind farm in Clark County and the 280-megawatt Western Plains wind farm in Ford County — came on line. That brings Kansas to 4,931 megawatts of generation capacity, according to AWEA.” (http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article148442094.html) Following Melissa & Mark Thompson on their way to #Colorado.
Members of the Boy Scouts of America living in Puerto Rico — including nearly 11,000 members across 300 Scout units — have been severely impacted by Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island as a Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 20.
The damaged Guajataca Dam, at risk of failing completely, is next to the Guajataka Scout Reservation. While the camp is above the dam and would likely remain safe and dry if the dam fails, there is great concern that the camp was already damaged in the storm. And, of course, there is worry that the rushing water would cause further damage to residents.
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was drenched with feet of rain and battered with 150 mph winds. It could be months before power is fully restored for Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents and even longer before everyone has clean drinking water.
While we keep all of our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico in our minds, many in the Scouting community have asked how the Concilio de Puerto Rico de los Boy Scouts of America — or Puerto Rico Council, BSA — fared in the storm.
Information is limited, but we have heard from Maria Molinelli, the council’s Scout executive. She has been sending updates to a number of Scout officials, including John Mosby, director of the Northeast Region, of which Puerto Rico is a member.
What we know so far
Thankfully, Molinelli says BSA staffers at the council office in Puerto Rico are physically OK. Emotionally, the storm has left them frazzled.
The council office in Guaynabo, just south of the capital of San Juan, was damaged in the storm. There’s physical and water damage, and both air conditioning units were lost. Power is still off, and cell service is poor.
As was the case immediately after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it is too soon to understand the full impact of Hurricane Maria on our Scouting brethren.
Of concern as well is the beautiful Guajataka Scout Reservation. I have not yet heard of its current status. This Scout camp is where Scouts get some of their first exposure to the Scouting movement and where Scouters built lifelong memories at a Wood Badge course I blogged about in 2013.
Once more is known about the situation in Puerto Rico, including specific information on what the council needs in terms of financial support or volunteer labor, I will share it here.
Rob Hofmann, Area 2 Director in the Southern Region, has been coordinating all relief for hurricane disasters. He has been quite busy this year and will pass along updates as he can.
What you can do right now
The BSA has established an Emergency Assistance Fund to help our Scouting brothers and sisters in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and beyond. You can contribute to that fund here.