Local Baden-Powell scouting association groups forming

This is the logo of the Baden Powell organization.

Have you ever heard of Baden-Powell Scouting Association? There is a new group forming in southern Chester county. Formed in 2006, Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) is an independent and traditional style scouting association that perpetuates the principles and practices of scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. Their aim is to promote good citizenship and wholesome physical, mental and spiritual development; and training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful life skills. It is not in any way associated with either Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts, nor do they consider themselves to be in competition with either of those groups.

So what makes them different? The BPSA offers a traditional (back to basics) scouting program for youth and adults, girls and boys, men and women, with open and progressive membership policies that disallow any and all discrimination. They believe the youth of our country need a scouting program today that reflects the progressive, open, and tolerant values we hold as a nation an alternative program that keeps to the aims, methods, and teachings of scoutings founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and that offers a program of progressive training in scoutcraft/outdoor skills and teaches service over self to all boys and girls, men and women. Their aim is to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. They do not discriminate or exclude anyone on the basis of race, color, religion (or no religion), sexual orientation, nationality or any other differentiating characteristics. BPSA welcomes everyone to the game of Scouting.

I recently heard from some parents in Oxford who want to try to make a go of this and I agreed to not only join, but to help them organize. I have long been thinking of what I was going to do about a scouting program and my boys and this is a good fit for our family.

This is in the very beginning stages. Right now the other parent involved has said that she would like to have an organizational meeting this summer and hopefully get a group going in early fall at the start of the school year. To get started I think we are going to focus on 5 to 9 year olds. If you have a child in that age range and want more information you can e-mail me at LisaLightner@yahoo.com. Send me a note that you want to be added to our email list and we will contact you when we start to have meetings. We also have contacted a few local outdoors associations and facilities to see if they will give us meeting space, so if we havent contacted you and youre interested, you can email me about that too.

I love camping and doing other outdoors activities with my family. Im very excited at the prospect of meeting other families who have children the same age who also enjoy this so that our kids will have great times and great memories together. Looking forward to hearing from some of you!

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.