The BPSA was founded in 2006 by an ex-Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, and Troop Leader whose pursuit of inclusivity in Scouting led him to form the Baden-Powell Service Association, which welcomes everyone without regard to race, religion, gender, sexuality or other differentiating factors.
The BPSA is part of the World Federation of Independent Scouts, and is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA. Since its inception in 2006, it’s been a back-to-basics journey into traditional scoutcraft, citizenship and service which we believe are an essential part of every child’s education.
Traditional scouting skills teach not only camping and how to read a map, but the fun of hard work and perseverance, important logical thinking skills, and form a connection between the child and his or her natural environment. As other Scouting organizations have grown, and seek to remain relevant, they have added more and more programs which bring kids indoors. Some of these are very interesting and perfectly valid as important life skills, but we think that there’s something to be said for keeping Scouting outdoors and in nature.