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Baden Powell Institute


Pre-Event Checklist

On February 6, 2021, the virtual campus on opens with hundreds of adult volunteers across the nation gathering to complete trainings, learn best practices, and meet Bill Spice, former National Director of High Adventure for the BSA in a live webinar. Before you get started, below is a list of items to make sure you’re ready!


1.  Create an Account on

  • To access all training courses and other content on the virtual campus during BPI, make sure you create an account on

    • To create an account, click on “Log In / Create Account” in the top right-hand corner. Then click “Sign Up” to create an account. NOTE: this account is exclusive to and separate from,, or


2.  Complete the pre-event trainings


3.  Learn about the virtual campus

  • This guidebook provides an overview on what to expect on the virtual campus and how you’ll access digital content released on 2/6 for Baden Powell Institute. Go to the virtual campus. NOTE: You will not be able to access anything until 2/6!

The Virtual Campus

The virtual campus is where you’ll find all of the digital content for Baden Powell Institute. It is accessible by logging into and clicking on Virtual Campus under Baden Powell Institute.


If you've participated in any HomeScouting programs delivered by the Buckeye Council, this is similar to the Virtual Campground for Cyber Summer Camp, the ClubHouse for the HomeScouting Adventure Club, or the Virtual Race Course for Cyber Sled Race. Each building will house specific trainings. All content will be accessible to you through March and is on a flexible schedule to best meet your needs. The webinar with Bill Spice will be recorded and available for you to enjoy anytime you want after 2/6.

Flexible Schedule

There is a sample schedule for BPI for those looking for structure, however you can complete the trainings at your own pace on your own time and the content will be available through March!

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Recorded Group Discussions

Throughout the day on 2/6 there were group discussions that occurred throughout the day. These were all recorded and available for you to watch at any point!


Fireside Chat with Buckeye Council Key 3 hosted by:

  • Jesse Roper, II – Scout Executive / CEO

  • Kurt Holmes – Council President

  • Bernie Miner – Council Commissioner

Leadership Today hosted by Brian Williams

  • Brian Williams is the National Membership/Relationships on the BSA National Leadership Council and past Central Region President & Regional Vice President at Large. Brian will be discussing the importance of staying the course in leading positively with strong unit programming, looking beyond the challenges we face today to see the future our current scouts will ascend to.

New NCAP Standards for District Events hosted by CJ Gavin

  • CJ Gavin is the Buckeye Council Program Director and will be discussing what is needed to host district events moving forward. This applies to districts across the nation, not just in the Buckeye Council

Anxiety in Youth Today hosted by Jim Foley

  • Jim Foley is the Director of Community Education and Prevention Services for the Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties in Ohio. Jim supervises school-based therapists and provides mental health trainings to the general community including seminars and forums with adults on how to be helpful to struggling youth.

Guide to Safe Scouting & Camp hosted by Steve Ernst

  • Steve Ernst is the Buckeye Council Ranger and will be leading a discussion on how to practice safe scouting during camping events.

Utilizing Scoutmaster & Cubmaster Minutes hosted by Chip Teague

  • Chip Teague is a Buckeye Council Scoutmaster who will lead a discussion on the benefits of using Scoutmaster minutes at the end of meetings.

Keynote Speaker

On Saturday, February 6 there was a live webinar with former National Director of High Adventure, Bill Spice. Find the webinar details and recording after 2/6 in the auditorium on the virtual campus.


Bill joined Scouting as a youth. He earned the rank of Life Scout and was recognized by his

lodge with the Vigil Honor. After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, he

entered professional Scouting in 1960 as a District Executive. In Fort  Wayne, Indiana. He later

served as Scout executive in Evansville, Indiana, and in Pontiac, Michigan. After serving five

years as area director in the East Central Region, he began his association with Philmont Scout

Ranch in 1993.

From 1993 to 1999, Bill served as director of the High Adventure Division and the general

manager of Philmont Scout Ranch. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the development

of a close working relationship between the Order of the Arrow and Philmont. He helped to launch the OA Trail Crew program at Philmont. He understands the significance of this program to the Arrowmen, Scouts, and Scouters who visit Philmont. More recently, he has given support and encouragement to the development of the OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage. This program is offered at the Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota. Bill retired from the Boy Scouts in June of 2000. 

Exact times for webinars and live discussions will be emailed in advance and available at the Auditorium on the Virtual Campus.

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Class Descriptions

Beginning 2/6, participants will have full access to all 30+ BPI courses. Each course is pre-recorded with supplemental resources.

Click here for the list of class descriptions

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