The BPSA’s Scout program is known as Pathfinders. This section is open to youth of all genders beginning at age 11 and going through age 17 (grades 6 through 12). The emphasis will be in training through hands-on, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking, as well as community-service projects. Pathfinders are organized into Troops that operate in Patrols of 6 to 8 members, led by a (youth) Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader (called the Scoutmaster) for discipline, activity planning, and training the less-experienced members.
The Pathfinder program is based upon Robert Baden-Powell‘s book, Scouting for Boys, and is similar in appearance to programs that were in common use nearly 100 years ago.
When a Pathfinder turns 18, they are encouraged to continue their Scouting career by becoming Rover Scouts.
NOTE: Pathfinders and above are expected to maintain their own uniform. They will sew on their own patches, launder, and iron them. These are all important life skills and every Scout should know them.
- Hat: Olive or Brown Campaign style (Brown preferred), flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown. OR a green beret is also permitted with appropriate metal pin or patch on front.
- Shirt: Dark gray short sleeve (BPSA-US lists long sleeve, we have adapted to short-sleeve for the climate) Safari/Bush-style shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and optional shoulder epaulets.
- Pants: Blue, khaki, olive, or gray in color and of a comfortable outdoor/cargo style.
- Belt: Brown leather or webbing belt.
- Necker: 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s colors, worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
- Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray.
- Shoes: brown or black (Troop Choice)
For badge placement, please reference the BPSA Quick Uniform Reference .
More Info about the Pathfinder Program
- Pathfinder Handbook – BPSA-developed handbook for the Pathfinder section.
- Scouting for Boys – The definitive manual for Scouts. This is the book that started Scouting. Complete with illustrations by B-P. Originally published in installments every other Wednesday from January 15, 1908. The book consists of introductions for Scouters, 28 “Campfire Yarns” for Scouts, and a summary.
It should be noted that this text was written in 1908 and is in every way a reflection of the time. BPSA-US aims to move beyond the vestiges of colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, et al contained within this text and we are working every day to build a program that embodies 21st Century inclusivity. We look to the history as a framework for our educational method and theory, but we denounce the bigotry and discrimination presented in these texts.
- See more at: https://bpsa-us.org/program/pathfinder/