The Baden-Powell Service Association was formed in 2006 as a traditional, “back-to-basics” scouting organization that is open to everyone. BPSA is focused on outdoor skills and service, and it’s 100% run by volunteers at all levels. Our groups are all gender, all ages, and open to everyone regardless of religious choice, sexual orientation, class, ability, nationality, language, or income level.
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 scouts method 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 youth with the opportunity to craft and develop their own adventures, trips, and service projects. They are meeting, outdoors, together with adult leaders, or Rovers.
Rovers are adult scouts (18+) who may choose to lead a youth section. They undergo yearly independent background checks and follow a training protocol in BPSA method, practice, and policy.
About 12th Chinook
The 12th Chinook is the sixth BPSA group in the Portland, Oregon area. Due to high interest, and a need to reach further populations in East Portland, the 12th Chinook will offer BPSA scouting starting March 2017. Please join us for an Open House, Wednesday, February 8, from 6:30-8pm at the Midland branch of Multnomah County Library, 805 SE 122nd.