The 503rd Spotted Owl is proud to serve as SW Portland and Beaverton’s BPSA scout group. Founded in 2015, the 503rd’s four scouting sections are open to boys and girls, men and women and all focus on a traditional, open and inclusive, outdoor program. We welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion (or no-religion) or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.
Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. Historically, the appeal of scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer and explorer which is part of our nature, and is at its most evident in youth. BPSA retains scouting’s original focus on this aspect of the program; and encourages our scouts, parents and volunteers to plan programs that take advantage of being out of doors, whenever and wherever possible, even here in the rainy Northwest.
The Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) follows the original principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, which had been developed and refined in Scout and Guide Associations around the world for over 99 years. Our belief is that scouting’s original program remains universal, relevant, and adaptable. In Traditional Scouting, changes are primarily for advances in a) health and safety practices, b) environmental concerns, and c) light weight camping technologies.
Our aim thus remains the same as when scouting was founded: to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, the Boys Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA. We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS); and as such are not in competition with other American scouting associations, we are only their brothers and sisters. BPSA-US work closely with the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in Canada.
BPSA believes that everyone deserves a chance to participate in the movement which Baden-Powell started, and with that, we have crafted our policy of inclusion:
Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) offers a choice for those with curiosity, energy and independence of spirit. All BPSA scout groups are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience.
BPSA is a volunteer-led organization with no paid staff. This approach keeps the focus on the scouting program and helps keep costs down to a minimum. Training handbooks are available, along with support material. A range of international opportunities exist for our members through the World Federation of Independent Scouts.