How much does it cost to join?
Base annual dues are $45, covering a period from October to October. Uniform and handbook costs are extra. Some scholarship funds are available; please contact us if these costs would pose a burden for your family.
Are there opportunities for volunteers?
Absolutely! We especially need additional scout leaders willing to register with the BPSA and commit to attending a weekend training camp sometime within their first year of service. All adults who work directly with children will undergo a criminal history check as part of the registration process.
There is also a role for non-BPSA registered parents in our auxiliary committee. The auxiliary committee helps with fundraising, budgetary support, IRS filings etc. We welcome your involvement at whatever level you choose.
Do you accommodate children with disabilities?
Yes. We are committed to inclusivity and believe “Scouting Is for Everyone.” If your child has special needs please contact the Group Scoutmaster to discuss how we can best support them.
What are your safety and ethics policies?
BPSA has a policy of “Two-deep Leadership.” Two-deep Leadership means that when we are with youth members, there are always to be two Leaders present, at least one of whom must be a registered BPSA Rover Scout. This provides a safe environment for both the youth membership and the adult membership. All registered adult members must be aware of, and understand, the Association’s Abuse Policy, and what their personal responsibilities are. These are detailed in our Code of Ethics & Youth Protection Policy.
Part of the registration process for joining the BPSA includes filling out a Liability Waiver and Medical Release form. Since BPSA does not currently offer group liability coverage to local units, we are currently using a liability waiver for any members that join our group and plan on attending any hikes, camp outs, activities, or other events. In the future, BPSA plans to offer liability coverage to local scout groups.
The Medical Release portion of the form simply gives us important information regarding the health or medical needs of the scouts upon joining. This might include medications they need to take, special conditions such as diabetes, or other health history that we should be aware of before having them take part in scouting activities which can be on the physically engaging side. It also gives registered adult leaders in the scout group permission to treat the child should they become injured or suffer a medical condition. Please read this form thoroughly prior to signing during registration.
How does the BPSA program differ from the Girl Scouts or the Scouts BSA?
Some parents and Scouts often have questions about the differences among the Girl Scouts, Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America), and the BPSA’s classic scouting program. To address some of those differences and help further define how a scouting program can be both inclusive and traditional, please read our Introduction to Traditional Scouting.