Wesley United Church is proud to sponsor the Welland 9th Baden Powell Service Association. We enjoy a fruitful relationship with BPSA Ontario and are pleased to have our youth participate in our worship services on Scouting Sunday each February.
Scouting the way B.-P. intended
BPSA Ontario is an independent scouting association affiliated with many other Baden-Powell Scout Associations around the world, and with other BPSA groups in Canada and the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). We were established to promote the principles, methods and practices of Scouting as originally laid down by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.
A Promise and Law, age appropriate, assist youth, boy and girls, in learning by doing. We offer a progressive and stimulating program of varied activities based on the interests of the participants, largely in an outdoor setting in contact with nature.
Since the founding of the Scouting Movement it has spread around the world like a brush fire. Today there are only a handful of countries where Scouting is not being practiced to some degree. The principles and methods of Scouting are so fundamentally sound and so adaptable that traditional scouting goes on developing and can never be dated or unsuited to any community.
The Aim of our Association is, as stated by B-P himself, to promote good citizenship and wholesome physical, mental development; and training in habits of observation, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful life skills.
We are proud as an Association to be upholding Lord Baden-Powell’s Scouting ideals and his original programs, proving that his planning and foresight still holds true today. We preserve Lord Baden-Powell’s original ideas in our programs and methods as much as possible, while progressing with the times and keeping up to date with the very latest technology, child protection, legislation, first aid standards, and safety in outdoor education.
BPSA-ON believes that true traditional Scouting should be available to all, at a cost affordable to all, and therefore we do all we can to keep the cost of traditional Scouting within the means of Ontario youth and families from all walks of life.
9th WELLAND BPSA GROUP HAS THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS:
- Otters meet Wednesday night at Wesley United from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, for youth ages 5 to 7 years of age.
- Timber Wolves meet Monday night at Wesley United Church from 6:30 to 8pm, for youth ages 8 to 10 years of age.
- Explorers meet Tuesday night at Wesley United Church from 7pm till 9pm, for youth ages 11 to 13 years of age.
- Senior Explorers meet Monday night from 8pm till 9:30 pm, for youth ages 14 to 17 years of Age
- Rovers meet at Wesley United Church Monday night from 8pm till 9:30pm for youth ages 18 years of age and over.
As part of our effort to keep traditional scouting available to all, we work to keep our registration fees as low as possible, the registration fees for the sections are:
- Otters – $80
- Timber Wolves -$100
- Explorers -$120
- Senior Explorers – $120
- Rovers – $120
Registration fees include insurance coverage, uniforms, crests and dues, so there is no additional weekly costs. We do our best to fundraise to keep the costs of camps and special events to a minimum, but there may be additional costs for these events.
Don’t forget you can try us out for a few meetings at no cost. Just come out to a meeting and talk to our great program leaders. We recommend that you contact us at email@example.com ahead of time to make sure we will be at the church, a lot of nights we may be offsite for various activities.
Their motto is “Busy and Bright”. The Otters are the youngest section in our Association with children joining at the age of 5 years of age and going to the Timber Wolf Pack at the age of 8. The unit is known as an “Otter Raft” and both boys and girls may join. Otters learn useful family skills, community skills, and learn to play safely together. There is a proficiency badge system of four “paws”, a Safety Badge, Service Badge and a Camping Badge. The highest award is the Swimming Otter Badge.
Boys and girls may join this section between the ages of 8 and 11. Their motto is “Do Your Best”. They join in many games and practical activities based on the Jungle Book as written by B-P’s friend Rudyard Kipling. Much of their learning is ‘by doing’. The program is based on the “Tenderpad to Second Star” and starts to focus more on outdoor activities. “New Chums” join and are invested becoming Tenderpads. They progress then from First Star to Second Star with the highest award being the Leaping Wolf Badge.
Boys and girls may be members between ages 11 – 15. Their motto is “Be Prepared”. The emphasis is by training through hands on training in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking. The Explorer Troop operates in Patrols of 6 to 8 members led by a Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader for discipline, activity planning and training the less experienced members. The new Explorer starts as a Tenderfoot and then progresses to Second Class.
A co-ed section for 15 – 17 year olds in which they become increasingly responsible for their own management and programming. Their motto is “Be Prepared”. They are encouraged to help with the younger sections and may continue as Patrol Leaders. They complete their First Class and then work on the bushman’s Thong with the highest award being the St George Award, comparable in standard to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
A co-ed section for young men or women over the age of 17 who may also become leaders, but who wish to remain uniformed members of a section. Their motto is: “Service”. As B-P originally intended, there is no upper age limit. Rovers are organized in a self-organizing Crew. Their motto is put into practice both in the group and in the community. The highest award is the BP Award.
Join our team and be part of Scouting as you develop your own skills in the great outdoors. Police record check and screening required.
- Program leader: Program Scouters work directly with the young people to create the Scouting program. You will develop your own skills in the great outdoors and be a positive role model for young people.
- Support roles: Assist with fundraising, event coordination, publicity, etc.
To ensure the safety of all members, all adult volunteers must complete a volunteer screening process lead by our experienced volunteer screeners in compliance with the policies of the BPSA. The screening process includes:
- Police Record Check
- Completion of the Application for Adult Membership
- Checks with FOUR personal references
- A personal interview
All new adult members will fill their positions on a trial basis for a period of four months. In this probationary period, the new adult volunteer is permitted to work with children only when under close supervision of an invested adult member. During this time, the volunteer will remain under the supervision and assessment of the Group Scoutmaster. Once this probationary period has been successfully completed, the new member may be invested.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone is required to act with due consideration for the safety of the other members and to report any safety concerns or volunteer who may pose a risk to youth members.
Volunteers are provided with training opportunities appropriate to their Scouting role in the form of training courses and on-the-job training. The training program for Scouters is called Wood Badge. New Scouters begin with Wood Badge Part I. Upon completion, they wear the Gilwell woggle as part of their uniform. Completion of further training earns Wood Badge Part II, which is recognized with the Gilwell necker and the Wood Badge, which is a necklace with two beads. (There are two levels of trainer qualification recognized with three and four beads.) In addition to program training, Scouters take skills training in specific areas such as first aid, water safety, canoeing, outdoor skills, etc.
When you are ready to start your traditional scouting adventure contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org