Scouting the way B-P intended!
66th Confluence is part of the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA), an independent scouting association that is affiliated with many other Baden-Powell scouting associations around the world and is the only U.S. member organization belonging to the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). The BPSA was established to promote the principles, methods, and practices of scouting as originally laid down by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting, and to offer this concept to both boys and girls, youth and adults, with open and inclusive membership policies that disallow any and all discrimination.
A Promise and Law—age appropriate—assist youth and adults in learning by doing. We offer a progressive and stimulating program of varied activities and service projects based on the interests of the participants, largely (and preferably) in an outdoor setting in direct contact with nature.
Since its founding more than a hundred years ago, the scouting movement has spread around the world like wild fire. Today there are only a handful of countries where scouting is not being practiced to some degree. The aims and methods of scouting are so fundamentally sound and so adaptable that traditional scouting goes on developing and can never be outdated or unsuited to any community.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 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.
Scouting is one of the best programs for developing character, improving resourcefulness, and learning responsibility and skills in community service; and BPSA believes this program should be available to everyone, boys and girls, men and women, youth and adult, regardless of religious beliefs or sexual orientation, and therefore we do all we can to keep the cost of traditional scouting within the means of St. Louis-area youth and families from all walks of life.
This association lives by B-P’s original Scout Law. B-P’s 4th point of the Scout Law reads:
A Scout is a friend to all and a brother [or sister] to every other Scout.
66th Confluence — Our group name is a combination of Route 66 (the famous, iconic highway that ran through the heart of St. Louis from 1938 until about 1970) and the “Confluence” of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, which is located just north of downtown. Our group is headquartered in the South City area and we welcome anyone in the St. Louis Metro area interested in learning outdoor skills and putting service over self by volunteering in the local community.
The 66th Confluence BPSA Scout Group offers a scouting choice for those with curiosity, energy, and independence of spirit. We are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented scouting experience focused on character development, outdoor skills, and community service, providing experiences not found on the playground, at school, church, or home. We foster the development of scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation. We are accessible and inclusive, open to anyone in St. Louis, particularly St. Louis City, and are hoping to be an incubator for future BPSA groups in the St. Louis area.
We are in no way affiliated with either the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA; we are only their brothers and sisters in scouting.
Would you like to learn more about “traditional” scouting? Please read this introduction.
Thanks for your interest, and we’ll see you on the trail!