About the Baden-Powell Service Association

BPSA perpetuates the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, which have been developed and refined in Boy Scout Associations around the world for over 99 years. 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, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills.

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.

The training scheme devised by Baden-Powell is based on using the natural desires of young people as a guide to the activities which will attract and hold them. The appeal of true scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer and explorer which is part of our nature; and is at its most evident in youth. Hence the significance of the opening sequence of B-P’s “Explanation of Scouting” in “Scouting for Boys”: By the term ‘scouting’ is meant the work and attributes of backwoodsmen, explorers and frontiersmen.

BPSA believes that everyone deserves a chance to participate in the movement which Baden- Powell started, and with that, we have crafted our policy of inclusion:

Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) offers a choice for those with curiosity, energy and independence of spirit. We are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience. BPSA welcomes everyone. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of Scouts in an environment of mutual respect and co-operation.  Membership is open to all, regardless of gender identity, religion or race, and we have a full range of training and proficiency badges for all sections.

We have affiliated associations in Canada, as well as overseas. A range of international opportunities exist for our members through the World Federation of Independent Scouts. See http://www.wfis-worldwide.org for more information on WFIS.

Visit http://www.bpsa-us.org for more info and resources on BPSA.