The BPSA organizes itself based on Lord Baden-Powell’s original scouting vision, with the addition of a section for the youngest campers. Each group has one or more of these sections, which are organized by age:
- Chipmunks are aged 3-4 and are the younger siblings of older scouts. We include the Chipmunks in most of our activities so the whole family can be involved in scouting!
- Otters are aged 5-7 and in kindergarten through second grade. There is no traditional basis for this group, so the BPSA has organized the program based on the traditional Canadian scouting program for younger children. A group of Otters is called a Raft.
- Timberwolves are aged 8-11 and in the 3rd through 5th grade. They are based on Baden-Powell’s Wolf Cubs, which took inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book. A group of Timerwolves is called a Pack.
- Pathfinders are aged 11-17 and in the 6th to 12th grade. This is the traditional scouting group, based on the group that Baden-Powell organized in 1907. A group of Pathfinders is called a Troop.
- Rovers are adult scouts aged 18+. Baden-Powell thought that scouting is a life skill that people of all ages should enjoy.