The Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) was formed in the U.S. in 2006 as an independent and traditional-style scouting association. Our association continues to perpetuate the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 that have been developed and refined in Scout associations around the world for over a century. Our aim is to promote good citizenship and holistic training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, and loyalty. We teach real outdoor skills and engage in adventures, campouts, and community-building. Service is one of our core tenets, as we create a culture where children and adults ask, "How can we help?"
The BPSA believes that everyone deserves a chance to participate in the movement that Baden-Powell started, and with that, we have crafted our policy of inclusion:
BPSA welcomes everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, religion (or no religion), or other differentiating factors. 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 cooperation.
The BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, either the Boy Scouts of America or the Girls 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.
The training scheme devised by Baden-Powell is based on using the natural desires of young people as a guide to the activities that will attract and hold them. Our method and practice provide young people with the opportunity to craft and develop their own adventures, trips, and service projects. 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. Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. To whatever degree conditions may, at time, force us indoors—such as weather, darkness, or town life—we must regard this as second-best necessity and never as a satisfactory substitute for the real thing.
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