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Scouting the way B.-P. intended

We are an independent scouting association affiliated with many other Baden-Powell Scout Associations around the world, and with other BPSA groups in Canada and the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). We were established to promote the principles, methods and practices of Scouting as originally laid down by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.

A Promise and Law, age appropriate, assist youth in learning by doing. We offer a progressive and stimulating program of varied activities based on the interests of the participants, largely in an outdoor setting in contact with nature.

Since the founding of the Scouting Movement it has spread around the world like a brush fire. Today there are only a handful of countries where Scouting is not being practised to some degree. The principles and methods of Scouting are so fundamentally sound and so adaptable that traditional scouting goes on developing and can never be dated or unsuited to any community.

The Aim of our Association is, as stated by B-P himself, to promote good citizenship and wholesome physical, mental development; and training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful life skills.

We are proud as an Association to be upholding Lord Baden-Powell's Scouting ideals and his original programs, proving that his planning and foresight still holds true today. We preserve Lord Baden-Powell's original ideas in our programs and methods as much as possible, while progressing with the times and keeping up to date with the very latest technology, child protection, legislation, first aid standards, and safety in outdoor education.

BPSA-ON believes that true traditional Scouting should be available to all, at a cost affordable to all, and therefore we do all we can to keep the cost of traditional Scouting within the means of Ontario youth and families from all walks of life.

This association lives by B.-P.'s original Scout Law. B.-P.'s 4th Scout Law reads:

A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout


In keeping with the Scout Law, our Association has a policy of goodwill and co-operation with any other Scouting organisation of like minded intent, whether in Canada or abroad. BPSA - ON is a proud member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). We work in co-operation with many of the other independent Scouting Associations.


We invite you to have a good look around our site and enjoy your visit. We hope you learn a bit about us and find out more about the many benefits Traditional Scouting offers the youth of today. Should you have any questions about Traditional Scouting in your community or general inquiry about the Traditional Scouting methods and programs, please drop us a line. We would be pleased to hear from you and assure that all inquiries will be answered in a timely fashion.


The BP Service Association is a Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.
For information on donating to charities such as ours, please visit
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/donors/


BPSA-ON is in no way affiliated with, nor part of Scouts Canada or any other WOSM organization.
BPSA is a Licensed Trademark owned by the BP Service Association.

SECTION INFORMATION

Traditional Scouting uses training in small groups that allow the youth to learn team work as well as give them enough room for individual development. Youth are organized in smaller groups called "sections" according to their age.

Every section follows a program that is appropriate to the age of the youth, but is still designed to follow the values and aims of traditional Scouting.

Within their age sections, they are usually organized into even smaller groups of 5 to 8, where most of their training takes place. In sections older than the Otters, each smaller group has its own youth leader as well as an adult leader helping them with their work.

Click on the age group on the left to read more details about that section's programs.

Section Ages
Otters 5 to 7
Timber Wolves 8 to 11
Explorers 11 to 15
Senior Explorers 15 to 17
Lone Explorers by arrangement
Rovers older than 17

OTTERS

Their motto is "Busy and Bright". The Otters are the youngest section in our Association with children joining at the age of 5 years of age and going to the Timber Wolf Pack at the age of 8. The unit is known as an "Otter Raft" and both boys or girls may join, depending upon the composition of the Group. Otters learn useful family skills, community skills, and learn to play safely together. There is a proficiency badge system of four "paws", a Safety Badge, Service Badge and a Camping Badge. The highest award is the Swimming Otter Badge.

TIMBER WOLVES

Boys or girls may join this section between the ages of 8 and 11, depending upon the composition of the Group. Their motto is "Do Your Best". They join in many games and practical activities based on the Jungle Book as written by B-P's friend Rudyard Kipling. Much of their learning is 'by doing'. The program is based on the "Tenderpad to Second Star" and starts to focus more on outdoor activities. "New Chums" join and are invested becoming Tenderpads. They progress then from First Star to Second Star with the highest award being the Leaping Wolf Badge.

EXPLORERS

Boys or girls may be members between ages 11 - 15.  Their motto is "Be Prepared".
The emphasis is by training through hands on training in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking. The Explorer Troop operates in Patrols of 6 to 8 members led by a Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader for discipline, activity planning and training the less experienced members. The new Explorer starts as a Tenderfoot and then progresses to Second Class.

SENIOR EXPLORERS

A section for 15 - 17 year olds in which they become increasingly responsible for their own management and programming. Their motto is "Be Prepared".
They are encouraged to help with the younger sections and may continue as Patrol Leaders. They complete their First Class and then work on the bushman's Thong with the highest award being the St George Award, comparable in standard to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

SEA PROGRAMS

A special branch of Scout training called Sea Scouting for the Explorer and Senior Explorer sections is also supported. Their motto is "Be Prepared".
B-P Seafarers and Senior Seafarers follow the same program as Explorers and Senior Explorers do with the added element of learning seamanship, learning about marine navigation, boat handling and water safety.

LONE PROGRAMS

The Lone Scouting Plan serves children in isolated areas, or who cannot take part in a nearby Timber Wolf pack or Explorer troop on a regular basis because of such factors as distance, weather, time, or disability. These children apply for membership as individual Lone Timber Wolves or Lone Explorers.

The program has been in existence in various countries since 1913. BPSA-UK continued the tradition of Lone Scouting upon its formation in 1970 and BPSA-ON also offers this program. Although the Lone Scouting member might miss the opportunity to participate in activities in the pack or troop, the program makes it possible for such children to become members of BPSA - ON and to know the fun, values, and achievements of traditional Scouting. Every child registering as a Lone Timber Wolf or Lone Explorer is assigned an advisor. The advisor encourages, instructs, examines, and reviews the child's progress at all steps toward traditional Scouting advancement. This person also helps the Lone Scouting member take part in local council activities. If you would like further information about our Lone Scouting Program, or have any questions about our association, please e-mail us for detailed instructions.

ROVERS

A section for young men or women over the age of 17 who may also become leaders, but who wish to remain uniformed members of a section. Their motto is: "Service". As B-P originally intended, there is no upper age limit. Rovers are organized in a self-organising Crew. Their motto is put into practice both in the group and in the community. The highest award is the BP Award.

Leader Screening

All programs of BPSA-ON are designed with due consideration for the protection and safety of all participants. To help ensure the safety and protection of all participants, BPSA-ON Council screens all adult volunteers for all positions, and conducts reviews of volunteers.
The BPSA-ON Council expects that all adult volunteers will adhere to this policy by:

Following the initial steps to become a Scout Adult volunteer, which are:
A Police Record Check,
Completion of the 'Application for Adult Membership',
Provide FOUR personal references, and
A personal interview.

Participate in training opportunities appropriate to their Scouting role;
Acting with due consideration for the safety of the other members; and
Reporting to the Council any volunteer who poses a risk to youth members.

Failure or refusal to complete the Police Record Check, and provide the completed application form,
and the required references will make the application unacceptable.
All checks will be handled with confidentially.
If you have any questions or concerns in this matter please contact your Group Scoutmaster or District Commissioner.
All adult members will fill their positions on a trial basis for a period of four months. In this probationary period the new adult volunteer is permitted to work with children only when under close supervision of a Warranted adult member. During this time the volunteer will remain under the supervision and assessment of the Group Scoutmaster. Once this probationary period has been successfully completed, the new member may be invested.

Program Links


Scouting History and Traditions
Scouting Library
Pinetree Web The Essence of Scouting
Scouting Archives Sea Scouting

Hiking, Camping and Outdoors
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Canada

Leave No Trace

Great Outdoors Recreation Guide

Outdoors Recreation Resources
Club Tread Hiking With Mike
Vancouver Hiking Hiking Vancouver
The Lightweight Backpacker First Aid & Health
How to use a Compass Canadian Topo Maps On-Line
Hypothermia Snow Camping Primer
Winter Camping The Winter Backpacker
Canadian Avalanche Centre Canadian Weather Service
Wilderness Survival Bear Safety
Outside Magazine Explore Magazine
Hiking Safety Navigating with a Map and Compass
Creating a Fire for Survival Building a First Aid Kit
Lets Go Camping!

Sea Program Resources
Canadian Coast Guard

Knotting for Scouts

Knots

Canadian Hydrographic Service Royal Canadian Navy
Nautical Dictionary Sea Shanties
Celestial Navigation Boat Safety Tips
Marine Weather Weather Service
International Marine Signal Flags Semaphore

OTHER LINKS

Other BPSA Councils

BPSA Canada
BPSA BC
BPSA Alberta
BPSA Manitoba
BPSA New Brunswick
BPSA USA

TRADITIONAL SCOUTING RESOURCE SITES

The "Dump"
Rick Seymour's Inquiry.net

OTHER INDEPENDENT SCOUT GROUP SITES

Four Arrows Group, FSE
AABP - Montreal, Canada
Traditional Explorers Council Ontario (TEAC)

W.F.I.S ASSOCIATION SITES

World Federation of Independent Scouts - World Council
World Federation of Independent Scouts - Europe
World Federation of Independent Scouts - Americas
World Federation of Independent Scouts - Africa
World Federation of Independent Scouts - Asia
B-P Scouts of Ireland
B-P Scouts of Denmark
Pfadfinderbund Georgsritter e.V.
Deutche Pfadfinder Bund (1911)
Pfadfinder Weltenbummler
Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flue
Boy Scouts of Chile
Skaut - Czech Scouting ABS
BPSA-UK

OTHER SCOUTING ASSOCIATIONS

Polish Boy Scouts in Canada
Polish Scouts of Canada
Hungarian Scouts in Exile
National Organisation of Russian Scouts (Australia)
Confederation of European Scouts
Royal Rangers

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Leaders Library

The following books should be part of every leader's library. These and many other traditional books are available for free download. In order to use these files, you will need a pdf reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader are available for free download. To avoid duplication, all of these files are available from “The Dump” at http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/

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Title Description
Aids to Scoutmastership Aids to Scoutmastership
by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
The fundamental manual for Scout Leaders. Describes the purpose and methods of Scouting. Complete with original illustrations.
1945 "Brotherhood Edition".
Scouting For Boys Scouting For Boys
by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
The definitive manual for Scouts. This is the book that started Scouting. Complete with original illustrations by B-P.
1954 "Brotherhood Edition".
The book consists of introductions for Scouters, 26 "Campfire Yarns" for Scouts and a summary
Rovering to Success Rovering to Success
by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
The foundation of the Rover program. "A guide for young manhood. Religion, sex, gambling, etc."
Scoutmasters First Year Scoutmaster's First Year The 1948 edition of this popular and informative manual for new Scout Leaders
Golden Arrow Golden Arrow Training Handbook Training Manual for Patrol Leaders
1960 first edition
cover Sea Scouting For Boys
by Sir Robert Baden-Powell.
A 1910 introduction to Sea Scouting written by B-P for Scoutmasters and organizers.
cover Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys
by Warington Baden-Powell, KC
A full Sea Scout manual published in 1911 by Sir Robert's older brother Warington.
Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout 1955 Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout 1955 edition of the basic Canadian Scout manual.
Book is presented here in 6 parts for easier downloads

Games

Scouting Games
by Sir Robert Baden-Powell.
A collection of games written by the Founder specifically for boys

 

Enjoy Camping? Enjoy the Outdoors?
Then why not join us.

Joining us couldn't be simpler and there are two ways to do it. Look up a group nearest you on the Groups tab above and e-mail or phone their Group contact person for information. If there is no BPSA-ON group near you just email us and we'll help you start your own Patrol or Six.

Starting a new Group or Patrol

If there is no Group near you then why not gather a group of friends around you and start playing the game of Scouting.
We can tell you how to do it.

Ideally gather a group of 4 to 6 friends, boys or girls with the assistance of a parent or young adult, and decide that you want to become BPSA Explorers. You do not need to have 24 Explorers or a headquarters to meet in. Many countries of the world have single Patrols or Sixes meeting as Explorers or Timber Wolves.

We have 5 different schemes for Scouting depending upon your age group. First, you should read about our programs, and choose the one which is appropriate to your age group.

  • Otters 5 to 8 years
  • Timber Wolves 8 to 11 years
  • Explorers or Seafarers 11 to 15 years
  • Senior Explorers or Senior Seafarers 15 to 18 years
  • Rovers 17+

For more information on what each Section is about, and what they do, please see our Section Information in the tab above.

Once you have learned about the different Sections BPSA-ON offers, you now need to be sure that Traditional Scouting is indeed for you. If you think you would like to join us, and start a new Group, Patrol or Six, you may request a Charter Application Package from our Commissioner

What's the cost?

BPSA-ON, as well as the other BPSA Councils across Canada, strongly believe that the cost of Scouting should be as low as possible. We believe that Scouting should not just be for the rich, but that it should be for everyone.

Our annual registration cost (2013-2014), per person, is $40.00, effective March 31, 2013, although Groups may charge slightly more.

BPSA-ON keeps its costs down to the bare bones by being 100% volunteer. Our uniforms and badges are sold at cost with no mark-up. The annual registration covers our insurance premiums and a minimal amount for administration.

Already a Scout Group with another organization?

First of all the BPSA-ON is not seeking to expand its organization by taking groups from any other organization. Each organization has its own merits and styles. BPSA-ON follows the original teachings of Baden Powell and his love for the great outdoors.

However, if you feel that what we offer better meets the needs of your local area, and more importantly your youth, then we would be pleased to help you, on an individual basis, to make a decision on whether or not traditional Scouting is for you.

For more information and/or assistance, please e-mail our Commissioner

History

A very brief history of the Scouting Movement

The exact date of the beginning of Scouting is difficult to determine. To some it dates back to the days of B-P as a young Lieutenant in the 13th Hussars was teaching the NCOs of his regiment the art of observation and recognisance. To others the idea was born at the time of the siege of Mafeking during the Boer Wars when Colonel B-P relied on a hastily assembled troop of local boys to help in the defenceBrownsea Island of their town by running various errands and recognisance missions, thereby freeing soldiers to be available for the battles. To some others it was probably August 1907 when B-P gathered twenty boys to an experimental camp on Brownsea Island to try out in practice an idea of a training scheme he had been working on for a couple of years.

The fact is that not even Baden-Powell himself could put an exact date to it. The idea had grown over time, took several different directions and shapes until it suddenly sprung out and took the world by storm. By the time in the spring of 1908 when Baden-Powell started publishing Scouting For Boys, the movement was well on its way.

None was more surprised by its tremendous success than Baden-Powell himself. What was originally intended as a modest training booklet for the military under the title Aids to Scouting grew into a Movement of millions of boys worldwide subscribing to the principles of a new game called Scouting.

History of the Baden-Powell Scouts Associations

Mr. Lawrie Dring of Yorkshire, England formed the BPSA in 1970.  He did so in reaction to the "Advance Party Report," which the Boy Scouts Association in the UK published in 1966. This study resulted in substantial changes to British Scouting which caused some British Scouts/Scouters to seek alternatives they felt were closer to Baden-Powell's original program.

The BPSA was established to perpetuate the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, which had been developed and refined in the Boy Scouts Association for over 60 years.

The spark that formed BPSA in the UK has ignited many other Scouters to re-evaluate and re-think the type of Scouting they are doing. Since 1970, and from Lawrie Dring's single Troop, the BPSA has grown into a worldwide organization with member associations in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ireland, the United States of America as well as Canada.

History of the BPSA in Canada

The history of the BPSA began on a cold and wet camping trip to Jordan River in the fall of 1996, during a meeting between a group of Scouters, where the idea of a Traditional Scouting Association for BC was conceived. Shortly after that meeting, Lawrie Dring, the UK founder of the BPSA, travelled to Vancouver to meet with the group and authorized the project to proceed using the UK Baden-Powell Scout Association's name.

The Association was formed to promote and practise Traditional Scouting. From its inception, it vowed to ensure that Scouting would remain affordable to all, not just for those who are well off. That it would be run by volunteers for volunteers, and there would be no paid staff. BPSA - BC is about giving young people the opportunity to learn to be independent and self-reliant as well as to provide leadership and service in their communities. The philosophy is reflected in the organization of the Association.

BPSA was formally established in Victoria on 22 February 1997 to perpetuate the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, which had been developed and refined for over 100 years by many Scout Associations world-wide. These principles are so fundamentally sound and the practices so adaptable that traditional scouting goes on developing and can never be dated or unsuited to any community. Our aim is to promote good citizenship and wholesome physical, mental development; and training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful life skills in an outdoor setting. In March 2000, the BPSA-BC became incorporated in British Columbia under the Societies Act.

 

Questions?

What kind of Insurance coverage does BPSA provide?

How do I join the BPSA in Ontario?

Where can I find a BPSA Group in my Community?

How much do I need to budget for manuals and handbooks for each child?

How much does leader training cost?

Are local groups obligated to participate in national or provincial fundraising campaigns?

Does a group need to have a sponsor?

I would like to become a leader but have no experience.

What about uniform & badge supplies?


What kind of Insurance coverage does BPSA provide?

We have an excellent. cost-effective insurance package. It is a comprehensive general liability insurance package, with coverage for land and water activities for anywhere in Canada. It also offers sport accident coverage and directors and officers coverage. A copy of the insurance certificate is provided to each new group.

How do I join the BPSA in Ontario?

Contact the Commissioner. If you are not from Ontario, please go to the Links Page on this site, where you will find links there to other BPSA Associations in Canada and abroad.

Where can I find a BPSA Group in my Community?

Drop us an email and we will let you know the Group closest to you. Our traditional style of scouting is mirroring the way scouting just popped up all over England in the beginning, and then spread around the world. Parents, Schools, churches can all start a new group. The Association will provide you with all the practical advice and assistance necessary to get your new group off to a good start.
There are no group charter or section fees payable to the Association.
Information is available on the rules governing the starting of groups in your community through the Provincial or District Councils.

How much do I need to budget for manuals and handbooks for each child?

There is no charge for handbooks. They are provided electronically, free of charge, and can be printed off as required.
The electronic distribution method ensures that all the members can have the latest version without any additional costs.

How much does leader training cost?

The only cost is your time. All training materials, adult or youth, are all available electronically. Any new amendments or adjustments will be provided electronically for download. You either read them on screen or print out only those parts you decide that you need in hard copy. Leader training is provided at no cost at Wood Bead courses that are offered annually.

Are local groups obligated to participate in national or provincial fundraising campaigns?

No, they are not. Our association is based on local autonomy and local initiative. It is the responsibility of the Group Auxiliary to raise enough community support to make sure that their children can participate in exciting programs. Field trips and camps do cost money. Even the provincial parks are now charging daily fees. All the funds raised by a group in their community stay in the group to support the operations of the group.

Does a group need to have a sponsor?

While it is desirable for a group to be sponsored by a community organization, a business enterprise or a local church,
a parents group is also acceptable as a group sponsor. Most of our groups are currently sponsored by parents.

I would like to become a leader but have no experience.

No problem. You will have to meet our Leader Screening requirements, however, being a leader is a rewarding experience.
We have a full range of training programs for leaders, both "on the job" and in weekend or week long training courses. Our trainers are highly experienced Scout Leaders and are available to all section leaders via e-mail at all times to help with advice and encouragement.
In addition your local District Commissioner is also available to help out with advice on programs and any other issue that may come up, be it suggestions for a fundraiser, dealing with a disruptive difficult child in a section, disagreements amongst leaders or group committee (yes, we are human). You are never left on your own to cope. Any time you as a leader or a committee member feel you need help or advice from your Association, you will have the support of the dedicated experienced volunteers on the Provincial Council.

What about uniform & badge supplies?

Uniforms, Badges and shoulder knots are available directly through the Quartermaster Store.

Myths about Traditional Scouting

Here are some of the myths and the facts about the Traditional Scouting Movement:

Traditional Scouting is a militaristic movement

Nothing could be further from the truth. This myth probably stems from the fact that our Founder, Sir Robert Baden-Powell was a distinguished and highly decorated soldier who attained the rank of General. However, it was B-P's military service and his war experiences that led him to the firm belief that there must be a better way for different people to resolve their differences.

B-P referred to the Movement he started as Peace Scouts. The 4th Scout Law reads "A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout". B-P's dream was to create worldwide brotherhood which would in turn, through common decency, knowledge of each other and personal friendships, prevent future wars.

Scouting is too regimented
This myth is similar to the one above and stems also from misunderstanding of the movement. Several misconceptions fuel this myth:

Uniforms:

Scouting uses the uniform both as the great equalizer between boys from families of modest means and those who are well off. The uniform, apart from erasing any class distinctions, also fosters the spirit of belonging into a single society in which all members are equal to one another and responsible to one another. It gives the boys a sense of pride of belonging to a worldwide movement.

Discipline:

Scouting does require a certain degree of discipline from each member, youth or adult. So does life itself. If we are to achieve our stated goals, we all need to pull on the same end of the rope at the same time. As opposed to the military where the discipline is enforced, in Scouting, we achieve voluntary discipline by educating the boy of its benefits and by peer pressure. The emphasis is on self-discipline, rather than enforced blind obedience.

In her book Baden-Powell: The Man Who Lived Twice, Mary Drewery wrote: "Time and time again during his career, B-P had proved that discipline needs to come from within. It cannot be imposed by orders and regulations .... B-P found that trust produced better results than orders." BPSA follows Baden-Powell's methods.

Drill:

Scouts do use ceremonies on certain occasions such as opening and closing of a meeting or of a camp. However, while it is desirable that all members act in unison, any excessive drill has always been discouraged.

This is what Lieutenant General Baden-Powell wrote about drill: "Military drill gives a feeble, unimaginative officer something with which to occupy his boys. ... Military drill tends to destroy individuality, whereas we want, in Scouts, to develop individual character; and when once the drill has been learned it bores the boy ... Our aim is to make young backwoodsmen of them, not imitation soldiers."

Traditional Scouting is a Christian religious organization

Scouting does not promote any specific religion or even organized religions in general. Perhaps the largest Scout organization in the world, in Indonesia is composed mostly of Muslim members. There are Scout organisations in almost every other country in the world, regardless of what is the predominant religion in that country.

Scouting does, however, believe that spiritual development is part of making a complete person, as much as physical and social development is. To that end, Scouting encourages its members, youth and adults, to devote some time in their daily lives to matters spiritual, whether they take the form of organized religion, or a moment of quiet personal reflection.

Traditional Scouting is based on outdated Victorian England values
The beginnings of Scouting go back to 1907-1910. Queen Victoria died in 1901, succeeded by her son Edward VII, The Peacemaker. It was King Edward VII who saw the tremendous potential of Scouting and encouraged General Baden-Powell to give up his military career in order to devote himself full time to organizing Scouting and Guiding in Britain and around the world and to promote the Scouting ideals of honour, respect of self, of your peers and elders, selfless service to your community, healthy living, love and respect of nature and many other values which are as true to day as they were 100 years ago.

Scouting promotes international cooperation and friendship through good will contacts amongst all Scouting organizations around the world.

Traditional Scouting is not for everyone.
OK, so not everyone enjoys camping and the outdoors, however, Lord Baden-Powell spent most of his adult life, be it during his military service or later in the service of the Scouting Movement, travelling around the world, meeting local people and learning about their ways of life, their customs and beliefs.

In his book Scouting for Boys he wrote on the subject: "Scouts from all parts of the world are ambassadors of good will, making friends, breaking down barriers of colour, of creed, and of class".

The original 4th Scout Law as written by B-P in 1908 read:" A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what country, class or creed the other may belong"

Our Groups

(Click on the Group to go to their web page)




1st Bayridge Seafarers

Group Scoutmaster is Lorne Dudley





17th Belleville BPSA Scouting Group

Group Scoutmaster is Stuart Chalk




27th Cambridge BPSA Scouting Group


Group Scoutmaster is Kim Fowler





1st Lappe BPSA Scouting Group


Group Scoutmaster is Jerry Silen





1st Thunder Scouts BPSA Scouting Group


Group Scoutmaster is James Dusolt



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Newsletter

Every few months we publish our newsletter "The Brownsea Gazette" in PDF format and send it electronically to registered members and friends of the association. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please email us!

 

Policies

No organisation can operate without clearly defined rules and procedures. These pages will help to explain some of our rules. While this is hardly the place to publish all the detailed policies of the association, we would like to point out at least some of the highlights:

  • The BP Service Association of Ontario abides in all its operations and policies by the Traditional Scout Law and our PO&R.
  • We do not actively solicit members of other Scouting organizations to change their membership or affiliation. We recognize that "membership poaching" works both ways, creates animosity and in the end does not benefit anyone, least of all the Scouting Movement. We respect the choices other Scouts make in the ways they play the Game. The important point is to play the game, regardless of association.
  • We do welcome as a member anyone who supports the traditional methods of Scouting, who is willing to abide by the Policy, Organization and Rules of our organization and who is willing make the Scout Promise and to abide by the Scout Law.
  • Membership in our organization is open to any person, adult, boy or girl of any racial or national origin, religious affiliation or cultural or economic background. We welcome new members from minorities and provide them with all the support they need to ensure their full and equal membership in the Traditional Scouting family.
  • We endeavor to make Scouting affordable to everyone by doing all we can to keep our costs to the absolute minimum. Uniforms and other program supplies are available to our members from our own Quartermaster's Stores at cost with no mark-up. Program manuals are supplied exclusively in electronic form, either by download or on a CD. This allows us to distribute any newly updated versions of the manuals at negligible cost to the association or the section leaders who use them.
  • All of our leaders and other volunteers who have direct contact with children must undergo our admissions process which includes police record checks, personal references and provisional membership under the direct supervision of an existing member. A more detailed description of the volunteer screening process is outlined elsewhere on this website. (Please see the menu on the left of your screen)
  • We provide insurance coverage for all our members, including accident insurance, directors and officers and  liability  insurance. The scope and levels of our coverage are comparable to any other children's organization in Canada. Further details are available on request from the Commissioner.



Co-Ed Policy

The BPSA-ON Council provides the following three membership options for Groups:
  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Co-ed

Each Group must weigh the pros and cons before deciding which membership option to select. There is no input from either the District, or Provincial Councils on this matter, it is entirely up to the Group as to what option they pursue.

There are of course rules regarding the composition of adult leadership teams for each option. Here in B.C. they are as follows:

  • All male Groups may have a mixed leadership team, except for the Explorer Troop which must have all male leaders.
  • All female Groups must have all female leadership teams, except for the Group Committee which may have male members.
  • All co-ed Groups must have a mixed leadership team.

Aims and Methods of Traditional Scouting

In his book "Aids to Scoutmastership" Lord Baden-Powell described the aims of his brand of Scouting as "training to improve the standard of our future citizens". When the Founder spoke of citizenship, he spoke of what he termed "active citizenship", contending that being law-abiding, minding your own business and going to the polls every four or so years is not enough. In his view, active citizenship includes service to the community, being able and willing to provide for oneself, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and doing a good turn every day. In other words, do your best not to be a burden to your community and be an active contributor to the well being of your community and the country. Traditional Scouting fully subscribes to that viewpoint.

In order to accomplish our aim, Scout training is divided into 4 branches, each of equal importance:

  • Character
  • Health and Strength
  • Handicraft and Skill
  • Service to Others

The aims are accomplished through work in small groups, typically 5 to 8 youth, who build a sense of teamwork, learn to rely on each other and accept the responsibility to be relied on. Activities, games and outings are designed to build self-esteem through acquired skills, increased awareness of the youth's surroundings and satisfaction of achievement.

The Scouting method of encouraging the youth to educate himself, rather than being instructed, has been proven effective for over 100 years in all nations of the world.

Contacts

BPSA-ON COUNCIL CONTACTS


For questions on Independent, Traditional Scouting, or specifically in your area,
please contact us using the email links below:

For information about the association,
how to join or how to start a new BPSA Scouting group in your neighbourhood,
write to the Commissioner

For details concerning uniforms, badges and other supplies
contact the Quartermaster


World Federation of
Independent Scouting
contacts in WFIS-Americas


Chairman Ric Raynor

Secretary Osvaldo Arancibia

Treasurer Mario Greggio

 

Special Events


It is the policy of the BPSA-ON that our activities are open to all Explorers, Scouts, Rovers, and Leaders,
from ALL associations, regardless of affiliation/world movement.


This is in accordance with B-P's 4th Scout Law.

Welcome to the Quartermaster Store

BPSA has no retail outlets, all of our material is ordered on-line and shipped directly on receipt of your order and payment.

In order to place an order, you will have to log in by clicking the link below, but feel free to browse around until you are ready to order.

Our goal is to bring to you, our members, the best price possible for uniform items. It is the policy of the association that no profit is made on any item we sell.

The BPSA QM Stores is available to all Traditional Scout Associations.

Click here to go to the QM Store

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