49th Gold Country Scout Group, BPSA-US – Grass Valley – Nevada County


Camp. Hike. Whittle. Whistle. Bring your whole family or just come on your own. This co-ed, all-age traditional outdoor scouting program was developed and refined over 40 years starting in 1907 by the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, Lord Robert  Baden-Powell. The nostalgia we have for scouting days of old exists because of this program.

 The opportunity to participate in a whole family activity is rare these days. The best way we learn is by example – from friends, from parents, and from other community members, young and old. Develop skills, meet new people, have pride in your work and your service to your community.

We teach real outdoor skills and engage in adventures, campouts, and community-building. Service is one of our core tenants, as we create a culture where children and adults ask,”how can I help?”

Our aim thus remains the same as when scouting was founded: to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, the Boys Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA.

We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS); and as such are not in competition with other American scouting associations, we are only their brothers and sisters. BPSA-US work closely with the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in Canada.

The original scouting family  Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, and his family

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”- Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scouting Movement


“The BPSA offers a choice for those with curiosity, energy, and independence of spirit. We are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience. The BPSA welcomes everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, religion (or no religion), or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of Scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.”

The training scheme devised by Baden-Powell is based on using the natural desires of young people as a guide to the activities that will attract and hold them.

Our method and practice provide young people with the opportunity to craft and develop their own adventures, trips, and service projects.

The appeal of true Scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer, and explorer, which is part of our nature, and is at its most evident in youth.

Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. To whatever degree conditions may, at time, force us indoors—such as weather, darkness, or town life—we must regard this as second-best necessity and never as a satisfactory substitute for the real thing.

For more info – https://49thgoldcountry.com


photos by Celeste


Still Wild – Greg Aiello

We got into a discussion on our Facebook Group Page (by the way, you are all invited to join our Facebook Group Page – Forest Living California) about Greg Aiello. I remembered Greg’s show “Motion” which was on a random tv channel called the Live Well Network about, I don’t know, ten years ago. Our good friend Janet Martinez remembered him not only for his tv show “Outside” on PBS but she said she has met him because he calls Bass Lake, Ca. his home.

We both love his outdoor video’s and I think you will too. Here’s one from several years ago called ” Still Wild ”

Still Wild from Greg Aiello on Vimeo.


Ansel Adams Wilderness Backpacking Day 2 | Landscape Photography – Bessie Young Photography

Bessie Young is Incredible 😉 Here’s her latest!

Published on Sep 13, 2017

Ansel Adams Wilderness Backpacking Day 2 | Landscape Photography I finally got day 2 up! Yay!! You guys have to watch till the end. Believe me you will not be disappointed 🙂 Day 1 video here: https://youtu.be/qnzE8xDMKPA Last years Garnett Lake Adventure here: https://youtu.be/0QxxD_LhDjA Blog Post: http://bessieyoung.photography Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bessieyoungph… Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bessieyoungp… Twitter: https://twitter.com/bessyoungphoto Images for sale here on my Landscape Website: https://bessieyoungphotography.com Kit Used: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Sony A6500 Sony 24-70mm G Master f2.8 lens Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku Filming: Samsung Note 4 Smart Phone Editing & Processing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority – Lake Tahoe’s premiere adventure tour operator

We are very excited to announce that we have added  Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority to the center of our menu bar!  Tahoejacks.com is Lake Tahoe’s premiere adventure tour operator providing unbelievable adventures in both Summer and Winter. (Summer Adventures from May 15- Oct 15 and Winter Adventures from Dec 15 – Apr 15).

Tapping or clicking on a picture will take you to the website!

Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority provides Lake Tahoe tours, excursions and expeditions throughout the greater South Lake Tahoe region. We offer a wide selection of Tahoe adventures and outdoor activities for people of all ages. We invite you to come experience why we are known as Lake Tahoe’s adventure authority.

Enjoy one of our many kayak tours through crystal clear waters.  Embark on a scenic hiking adventure high above Lake Tahoe.  Ride exciting mountain bike trails littered with fast paced single tracks. 

Venture into a vast winter wonderland on a Tahoe snowshoeing tour. Learn wilderness survival skills in one of our outdoor education courses.

Lake Tahoe’s Adventure Authority


Let one of our adventure consultants customize a package specific to your group.


Tahoe Jack’s Video Snap from Tahoe Jacks Adventure Authority on Vimeo.