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


AuburnLifestyles.com – Auburn, Ca. – Placer County

Auburn is our “Big City” neighbor to the West. Home Depot, Best Buy, Old Town and ….Ikeda’s! Ikedas isn’t big shopping, it’s a combination of a country market and burger stand. We’ve been stopping in at Ikedas since the 70’s, it’s one of Auburn’s secret spots!


” Welcome to Auburn Magazine. We are a locally owned direct mail and targeted monthly publication. Our focus is what we call Eat+Play+Drink packing every monthly magazine with everything Auburn, California “.




Absolutely EVERYTHING Auburn, California. If you live there, are visiting or are just passing through auburnlifestyles.com is your first place to go!

Here is the latest issue of  Auburn Magazine


Janet Martinez Photography and the wildfires around Bass Lake, Ca

Janet lives in Bass Lake, Ca in Madera County. Recently we posted her photos of “The Beast” a nickname she gave the Railroad fire which is just North of her home. Now, the Mission fire has started just a couple of miles South in the small community of North Fork, Ca.

Janet is understandably nervous but she tells me that her and her husband have been through this before and they are prepared to evacuate. While they wait and watch and constantly check the fire reports, Janet does what she does best,…her photography.

The photos below are Janet’s actual Facebook posts, you can find her on Facebook at – facebook.com/janetmartinezphotography and at her photography website – janetmartinezphotography.com


” Watching these men maneuvering their flying machines you realize how very expert they are at what they do. Today, dipping in to Bass Lake, they were fighting the Mission Fire in Northfork. They are my heroes of the day, all of them “.


“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” ~ John Muir

This morning the greeting is orange as we sip our coffee on the deck in the smoke filled sky. Hoping for good news soon.

Happy Sunday!


” Beauty and the Beast! Let us not forget to also thank these fearless fighters that fly above us and straight into the heart of the Beast. Thank you to all that you risk to keep us safe”. ❤️#Railroad Fire 8/31/2017


” Devastation! ” – Mission Fire in North Fork – 9/3/17


” I spent a couple of hours watching these amazing firefighters battling the beast today. I am in awe. They deserve our very most heartfelt thanks for what they do. I don’t know any of them but I can honestly say that I love them. Thank you guys from all of us praying that you win the battle swiftly “. Mission Fire


” To see this giant plane (VLAT) coming to the rescue brought me to tears. No words can express the emotion of seeing the devastation of an area where friends are losing their homes. Thanks again to our amazingly skilled firefighters in the air! “ ❤️ North Fork, CA 9/3/17


Please do not think anything about this post except that this is a very brave person taking photos of the devastation happening all around her of the area she absolutely loves.

We who have put our houses in the middle of the foothill, forest and mountain areas of California know the risks, this does not change however the feelings of fear and despair when something like a wildfire hits close to home.

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.


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Lake Tahoe Television

Can’t stand local news? Tired of what’s (not) on cable or satellite tv? Cannot figure out which show to stream?? Try streaming  Lake Tahoe TV

You will instantly transport yourself to Lake Tahoe. The happenings, the life style, even the commercials are informing you of where to go, where to stay, where to eat and where to shop.

Entertaining and Fun, we highly recommend you give it a try. Lake Tahoe TV can always be found in our TV/Webcams menu item 😉