Melissa Kay Thompson and #WindEnergy in #Kansas.

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.” ( Following Melissa & Mark Thompson on their way to #Colorado.


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Melissa Kay Thompson is a personal trainer who likes physical fitness, healthy style-life, adventures, hikes, and backpacking. We are going to share lessons from her long trails including the #AppalachianTrail. She is now traveling with her husband Mark Thompson to explore Colorado. Stay tune.

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.

Left: The BSA council office in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Right: Guajataka Scout Reservation. Both photos are from well before Hurricane Maria hit.

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.

The BSA has also created this special disaster relief page that outlines all the ways you can help. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reblogged from Scouting Magazine Blog

Topics: #Scouting, #OutdoorsLearning #DisasterRecovery #EmergencyPreparedness #FEMA #Guajataka #PuertoRicoStrong #PuertoRicoRelief #Tourism

Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida Keys, Houston, and several other Caribbean Islands had recent natural disasters. Earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes have created zones of disaster recovery actions. We can help in many ways.

1. Keep these countries in your prayers in positive thoughts.

2. Find you cause, donate your talents, time, and treasure. Keep the disaster area in your mind for fast recovery.

3. Support your family and friends in disaster areas. Call them, be there for them.

4. Plan for visiting those area for volunteering, tourism, or business. Recovery also need visitors to make thier contribution.

5. If you have been there, share your memories. Show to others how beautiful those countries were and why we all want ro go back.

#PuertoRicoStrong #ElMorro #SanJuan

#MexicoStrong #Cozumel

Lessons: #InternationalBusiness #Tourism #DisasterRecovery #Hospitality #CityManagement

Outdoors Instagramers are learning new life lessons as they travel and share their views and thoughts. It is outdoors learning by using mobile photography, and instant sharing in social media. These are some of their public photos who are caught our attention. Follow their photo journals. We will share some of them that align with our learning topics. Message to @globallearningnews if you know an Instagramer that we should follow.

Outdoors Instagramers we follow to repost their photo journals
@albertopomares_photography– Commercial photography. Time-lapses. Venezuela
@barrogante – TEDxUPValencia Organizer. Spain
@iamjeanne_b – An MD by profession. Traveling and learning is her passion.
@corinasotillo – Traveler. Venezuela. United Arab Emirates.
@dominiquedieffenbach – College professor. Traveler. USA
@drlepervanche – Professor. TEDxFSCJ Organizer. Scouter. SCA Survivor. USA
@isaidgo – Traveling the world to re-learn. Jumping around the world.
@johnsilvaphototraveler – Photojournalist. Scouter. Travel in a Vespa. Ecuador.
@lawrenceim – TEDx curator. Spreading ideas to millions Chinese via @TEDtoChina
@myjulieee – In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
@n0ramaria – Traveler and Photographer. Amsterdam.
@richard_toygt86 – Semester at Sea.
@pablo.cigoy – Traveler, Chef, Photographer.
@patioscout – Social media. Society, environment, & peace news. Scouting. Chile.
@vamospedaleando –  Biking. Permaculture and sustainable life.

More Instagramers coming soon…

Mark Thompson likes Photography, Backpacking, Hiking and he is an all-round Adventurer.

Note: “Since my accident in January of 2016 no longer am able to participate in the sports I used to be able to. However, I’m still more than able to hike, camp and partake in the plethora of adventures available to those with willing spirit.”

One day Mark Thompson decided to leave the city and he moved to the mountains in North Caroline. We have followed his hikes, backpacking journeys, car trips, photos and videos. He was not alone, his wife Melissa Kay Thompson went with him. These are their  outdoors lessons from the Appalachian Trail and many other forests. This was our first selection of photos. #BarrenMountain #AppalachianTrail #ExploringMaine

Update: We are using these photos and posts in online and on-ground college courses. We will update the post when they are used. This is one of the objectives of the GLOBE educational model. Once a Global Learning Opportunity is identified, Building Engagement is next. We also use the most visited post to update our Facebook cover page.

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#CitizensReporters have been using #MobileDevices and #SocialMedia to share instant news, videos, texts, and pictures during times of crisis. We have seen political demonstrations, elections, events, disasters, and many more cases. We have in our hands a powerful computer, communicator, and camera to share and connect with family and friends. We also use these technologies to access #InstantKnowledge about the events, stories, and background information. We are more connected to our mobile devices but also using them to be more connected to people.

#HurricaneMaria and #EarthquakeMexico2017 are recent examples about the use of mobile technologies and smartphone apps to send emergency messages, find relatives, share videos and pictures that later are shown in traditional TV channels.

The issue is to avoid censorship, hacking, fake news, and disruption of the signal. People in Puerto Rico are struggling to communicate and share that they are safe. These are small examples of the increasing dependence of technologies and energy. The bottom line is to know what are we learning during emergencies. We continue with our adapted #Scouting mottos: #BePreparedForemergencies, #BePreparedToChange.

What are we learning about the use of social media and mobile devices?

Here is the report and pictures from Alan Taylor | The Atlantic:
Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico

Here is our CNN iReport about the use of mobile technologies during another crisis.
#CitizensReporters 2013
CNN iReport: Venezuelan Elections in New Orleans | #CitizenReporters

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