Welcome!

...to the web-home of the 1st Binbrook Traditional Scouting Group (BPSA)

 

At home, here with our families, in our Community of Binbrook.


This singular web page, is here, only as long as it takes the very nice parent who has offered to build out a shiny new web page for us. So, please bear with it's "bare bones" approach, there is a lot more information to share, and in a lot prettier way... and that will come.

We are no longer affiliated with Scouts Canada, and as a community of volunteers have chosen to take a different direction and switch to the Baden Powell Service Association.

We wish Scouts Canada well, truly.

 

What is the Baden Powell Service Association, aka BPSA?
The BPSA, is one of five or six legally incorporated Scouting organizations currently operating within Canada.

Short highlights include;   (logos below, hyperlink directly to the primary websites)

  • are a Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • have a thorough screening process for ALL program Leaders, including but not limited to Police Check, Vulnerable Sector Search, multiple interactive (non-email-automated) reference checks, personal interviews, and a probationary period.
  • are fully Volunteer run, with no financial resources going to paid staff or facility overhead.
  • carry full program Insurance, starting at $5 million in liability coverage.
  • are Traditional in origins, but Progressive in program - welcoming all to take part. (gender, faith, culture, economic status, etc.)
  • include program and training materials to support both Leaders and Youth
  • are youth led, in the truest Scouting sense
  • have safety rules, guidelines, and support, to ensure that youth safety and protection, is the top priority
  • recognize past Scouting history, training, and honours, that volunteers bring forward from anywhere

Who are the Group sponsors?
The Binbrook Ag Society is our Chartered Group Sponsor, for the 1st Binbrook BPSA Scouting Group, and we appreciate their continued support! (www.BinbrookAgSociety.org)
The Binbrook United Church is also a partner and host for our group. We do many events, activities, and activities in partnership with both of these fine community institutions, and others, on a regular basis! Please thank them, when you get the chance. 

What are the program age Groups?
Otters - ages 5-7 (or, SK to Grade 2)
Timber Wolves - ages 8-10 (or, Grade 3 to Grade 5)  (TW presently FULL - please complete item #1 below, if you wish to be on the waiting list)
Explorers - ages 11-14/15 (or, Grade 6 to Grade 9)
Senior Explorers - ages 15-17/18 (or, Grade 10-12)
Rovers - ages 18+

As you can see, there are grey areas on the ages, in particular in the older Explorers, allowing for flexibility in the maturity of the youth, and their ability to truly operate safely on their own, as Scouting intended.

Where/when do you meet?
Otters - Mondays - Binbrook Ag Hall - 630-745pm
Timber Wolves - Tuesdays - Binbrook Ag Hall - 700-830pm
Explorers & Senior Explorers - Wednesdays - Binbrook United Church - 700-900pm
Rovers - Meet as planned (TBD)

When will you start regular program this year?
Covid safety protocols within the BPSA, allow for Regional variances, depending where you are in Canada.
We will follow ALL local Public Health Unit rules and guidelines, and not start weekly meetings, until such time as it makes "common sense" to the Leaders and the Families in our community.
(there is no sense gathering everyone together in the park, masked & gloved, just to stare at each other for an hour and toss around a sanitized ball - that's NOT Scouting)
Our very kind hosts, will also determine when they feel they can support us being on their properties and in their facilities, based on the status of the community, ability to cleanse, etc.  We wholly understand and appreciate that!

2020 09 25 - Update in the next 24 hours, we plan to start with Registered Youth, next week!!

How much does it cost to Register as a Member?
$40  -  and of that, $30+ is for our National Insurance, and the remainder is used to facilitate web hosting, and other miscellaneous central expenses. (Quartermaster storage, printing, etc - this $40 leaves our community)
This registration will be valid, until October 31 of the following year. (Oct 31, 2021)

Are there additional fees?
When Protocols permit a resumption of regular meetings, we will ask for an additional $120 program fee.
None of that will leave the local group, and will support the program and youth directly.
It will include uniforms, necker, books, badges, and give the group some starting resources to run program.

Camps and special events, will have additional costs, based on attendance. That will pay for event-specific costs like site fees, food, materials, etc.

We have more questions, who do we ask?
Email info@1stBinbrook.org and ask... if you'd prefer to chat on the phone, meet for a distanced discussion, or have a Zoom call - we can do that too. Or call 905-692-0693.

How do we register?

  1. Complete & submit the Youth Membership Application Form.
    On a PC or Mac, using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can save and email this to us. Or, print it and bring to us. (please ensure you sign)
  2. Complete & submit the Youth Medical Form.  (Note: the "Medial Plan #" referred to on the form, is your OHIP Number, in Ontario)
    This is similarly fill-able, however it is not advised to email medical forms in Ontario. (we won't refuse them, but you're not supposed to, and thus its a separate form)
  3. Send by Interac email money transfer; $40 to info@1stBinbrook.org
    Or, bring $40 cash with the forms.
    Or, bring a $40 cheque, made out to "1st Binbrook BPSA Scouting Group".
    (cheques are presently a pain, if you can avoid them... but they are still possible)

And we'll be in touch!

 

There are many more questions... and as time allows, we'll get the answers on here.

We have made the change to BPSA. If you are still looking to connect with Scouts Canada you can do so by visiting www.scouts.ca or call 1-888-855-3336 to reach their well-staffed help desk.

 


 

“Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”
- Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouting

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Registration Open throughout the year, as space permits.