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Who was Baden-Powell?

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also known as B-P, BP, or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, educational innovator and founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement. After having been educated at Charterhouse School, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking. Several of his military books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training in his Africa years, were also read by boys. Based on those earlier books, he wrote Scouting for Boys, published in 1908 by Sir Arthur Pearson, for youth readership. In 1907, he held the first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island, which is now seen as the beginning of Scouting. It is B-P’s writings and Scouting program that are the roots of all Scouting organizations and associations around the world..

How does the BPSA program differ from that of the BSA (Boy Scouts) and GSUSA (Girl Scouts)?

We are all brothers and sisters in scouting and take great pride in sharing similar core values of service, community, and self-empowerment. BPSA welcomes all genders to scout together in equal dignity, and there is no religious requirement. Further, our program harkens back to the original scouting programs designed by Robert and Olave Baden-Powell. In practice, this means our badgework is simplified, our meetings are held outdoors, and we run independently of any sponsoring organizations.

Are you in any way affiliated with BSA or GSUSA?

No. The 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 in Scouting. We are more closely related to the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in British Columbia, Canada.

What is a BPSA Group

A Group, in traditional scouting, is the organizational unit that contains within it each of the different program sections. Each Group will consist of an Otter Raft, Timberwolf Pack, Pathfinder Troop and Rover Crew.

Is BPSA really inclusive?

Yes, BPSA is proud to offer a traditional scouting program for youth and adults of all genders with open and progressive membership policies that disallow any and all discrimination. Our aim is to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. We do not discriminate or exclude anyone on the basis of gender identity, race, nation of origin, religion (or no religion), sexual orientation, class, ability, or any other differentiating characteristics. BPSA welcomes everyone to the game of scouting and we’ll do our best to get it right for all scouts who wish to join us.

What is traditional scouting?

The phrase, “traditional scouting” refers to a back-to-basics scouting movement based on the original principles and methods devised by scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell. The aim of our association is, as stated by B-P himself, to promote good citizenship and physical, mental development and training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful life skills. We meet outdoors, and service to the community is one of our core tenets. Our badgework focuses on proficiency in outdoor skills, citizenship, and self-reliance. We strive to preserve B-P’s original methods and educational philosophy in our program as much as possible, while modernizing language to keep up with societal evolution and staying up-to-date with best practice and safety in outdoor education.