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


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

The Curious Forge – Nevada City, Ca – Nevada County

The Curious Forge is a nonprofit 501(c)3, Makerspace located at 13024 Bitney Springs Rd in Nevada City, California. The Curious Forge is a 20,000+ sq/ft space, where members have access to training and a wide variety of over $100,000 in equipment from traditional to advanced. Most of all we re a community of builders, tinkerers, artists and professionals who love to make. Think of it as a artistic, technical and industrial playground. http://thecuriousforge.org

Curious Forge from Sundown West on Vimeo.

We have a new Home!

As we’re still in the process of nesting since our recent move our next  Open House will be on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 6-8pm, come on out, see this incredible space!! (we’ll return to First Thursday Open Houses in November)

If you are interested in membership or want to see what a MakerSpace is, please watch our short video above and email us! Thank you for supporting makers, creators and our inspiring community.

The Sparkle Twins Liam and Kara

write us at spark@thecuriousforge.org




How to split logs for firewood

Well, we’re almost half way through August and you know what that means, October is only 6 weeks away. Time to split that wood. Normally we rent a vertical/horizontal splitter for one day $50 and we go at it like a car assembly line. We don’t worry about stacking when we are renting, only splitting. I found this video that covers axe, maul, electric and hydraulic splitting… 😉

Shower stall cleaning when you have a septic system

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I believe that to be true, especially when you don’t have on hand what was already invented 😉

Today I invented my own Cultured Marble (fake marble) Shower Cleaner. Because we are on a septic system and because you are not suppose to use anything harsh on the “marblite” I took to youtube. There were many concoctions but the one recipe I kept noticing was one with white vinegar. One recipe called for 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup Dawn dish liquid (1 whole cup of dish liquid seems a little excessive to me), so I made my own

First off, even with airing the shower out it starts to get pink mold.

“This mold (bacterial growth) is frequently found growing on damp surfaces, such as bathtubs and showers, and even in your grout. However, pink mold can be on wallpaper, carpet, bathroom cabinets, and behind mirrors.

It is advised not to use carpet in your bathrooms since the moisture can seep into the carpet and be the perfect breeding ground for mold. If you use a rug in the bathroom, wash it regularly and make sure it always dries completely before placing it back in the bathroom.

What is Pink Mold?

In the mold world, pink mold is known as Aureobasidium and can be found indoors and outdoors. Just like all mold, pink mold comes with its fair share of health problems. Pink mold can cause respiratory problems, inflammation and infections in the lungs, bleeding in the lungs, allergic reactions, and hives and rashes, just to name a few.

Anyone can be affected by pink mold, but infants and the elderly are more likely to experience more severe symptoms. Additionally, your pets can become sick by ingesting or being exposed to pink mold. It is important to locate the problem quickly, and have it taken care of in a timely manner. The longer you or your loved ones are exposed to mold, the more severe the long-term damage can be.” – https://www.waterdamageadvisor.com/mold/pink-mold/

Besides the pink mold the shower pan gets dirty like anything else. Those two things along with being on a septic system (no chlorine or bleach) forced myself to make my own concoction. Which I did and I thought the results were fantastic.

Disclaimer: like anything else if you choose to do this, be safe (safety glasses, gloves) and try it out on a small spot first just to make sure 😉

Here’s what you will need;

1/2 cup water + 1 cup white vinegar

2 Tablespoons dish liquid

Everyone seems to use Dawn but I think any dish liquid will do








Add to 1 spray bottle shake gently


Spray entire area (once you have spot tested) and let sit 10 minutes.

Spray more on high mold areas (we are only talking about light mold situations, mold can be dangerous. Do not go near black mold, call an expert!)


After ten minutes, spray again and scrub. I use a circular motion on the floor but be sure you get the corners, the framing and under the shower door.

Rinse with bucket. I do this just before I take a shower and rinse while I’m in the shower. I had no problems stepping on it except it can be slippery so hold on to something!

The mold came off easily and the shower pan after rinsing was not slippery at all and came out very nice indeed.

This has been cleaned and rinsed except,…..I forgot to get the rail under the door.

I also used this on the glass and it came out better than it was but glass is a whole different story 😉