The 23rd Oaklanders are part of the Baden-Powell Service Association, a co-ed and inclusive organization that welcomes scouts and scout leaders of all religious beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation. Our program is wilderness-focused and based on the principles and practices of scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, developed and refined in scout associations around the world for over a century.
The BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, either Scouts USA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) or the Girls Scouts of the USA. We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). Our group activities are organized around camping, hiking, building wilderness skills, and performing community service. Our scouts earn badges and share in leadership opportunities as they progress in the program.
Our Pathfinder Troop for youth ages 11-18 is currently organizing a 2019-2020 schedule with an emphasis on youth leadership—scouts plan their own outings, with adults on hand to facilitate, guide, and ensure safety. We train through hands-on, outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, as well as community service projects. Like all BPSA sections, the Pathfinder Troop is open to scouts of all genders, levels of ability, races, religions, and orientations. We also have an active Rover Crew of adults 18 and over. Our Otter and Timberwolf sections for younger scouts are on hiatus, but families with younger children interested in BPSA scouting can participate through the Lone Scout program.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Group Scoutmaster, Shannon Phillips.