I'm an internationally published Romantic Adventure Photographer (estimated circulation: 15 million). I've shot over a quarter million photographs since 2003.
I'm a certified Wilderness First Responder, have extensive wilderness survival skills, and have over 400 miles of off-trail hiking experience in the Arizona deserts.
In my spare time, I'm writing a novel (current word count is 146,000... It's almost done).
Other hobbies include AcroYoga, watching documentaries, reading, supporting Kickstarter projects, and playing with power tools.
They have a lot of visibility, but don't do a lot as an organization. I'd like to see them organize community events, work as a liason to sponsor drives for people in need, etc. Mostly it just seems like they tell people, "hey, go be kind!", which is great, but you don't really need an NGO for that.
There is a better way to approach issues of violence. One organization that did it well was Invisible Children. Their documentary was fair, and showed you how awful the situation was, but as soon as you understood, they backed off and showed you what you could do about it. I wish PETA took this approach. My brother in law was forced to sit through a PETA video in high school and it's seriously scarred him. Not helpful at all.
I donate regularly. They always treat me super well. =) I'm grateful that they let you raid as much as you want from the snacks table. Mostly I donate whole blood. I tried donating platelets once and didn't have good luck with it. Once I got pale and they were careful to make we sit down and rest for 20 minutes before going home.
I have 4 brothers who are eagle scouts, and really appreciate everything this organization did for my family. Even as a girl who couldn't participate, watching my brothers learn awesome things made me really jealous and helped me take an interest in outdoor activities. Now I'm a wilderness survival expert good enough to laugh at survival TV shows. I'm also a certified Wilderness First Responder, and spent 10 months as a wilderness therapy guide for troubled teens in Arizona. =) Nature is a huge part of who I am, and I can honestly say that BSA started that interest.
When I am feeling crazy low, I write names of people who love me on my arms, people who'd be devastated if I didn't exist anymore. It always surprises me how long the list is, and it really helps. I appreciate what this organization is doing.