Pathfinder Troop

Scout Cartoon“Be Prepared”

BPSA’s Pathfinder program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 (preferably grades 6–12). The emphasis is on Scoutcraft training and community service through hands-on, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking, as well as monthly “good turns” in the community. Pathfinder Troops 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 program is based upon Robert Baden-Powell’s book, Scouting for Boys.

David Mulcahy is the Pathfinder Scoutmaster. The Assistant Scoutmasters are Elke & Mark Overton.

Troop meetings will be held in conjunction with the All-Group Meetings the second Sunday of every month from September through May, and on their own over the summer months. See our Group Calendar for exact dates and location details. Additionally, they also perform monthly “good turns” or service projects and other outdoor activities (hiking, camping, etc.) as the schedule permits. The outings and service projects will normally occur on weekends.

Resources for Pathfinders:

  • Pathfinder Handbook – BPSA-developed handbook for the Pathfinder section. Click here to order a bound version.
  • 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. Click here to order from Dover Publications.
  • Pathfinders Group on BPSA’s Trailhead site.
  • Woods Tools Award Guide

Pathfinder Uniform:

A Scout wears their uniform as follows, with the appropriate badges of rank as described below in the Policy, Organisation & Rules (see

  • Hat: Pathfinder Scouts may wear either a bush (“boonie”) hat or beret, both are available from the BPSA Quartermaster Store.
  • Shirt: “Steel grey” Port Authority button-down shirt with two front button-flap pockets, sleeves rolled up or down. Available for purchase here: Boys or Girls. The BPSA Quartermaster Store also offers a 100% cotton safari shirt that may also be worn.
  • Necker: of the group’s colors, worn with a ring or slide at the throat (available from the Troop Scoutmaster)
  • The Tenderfoot Badge – Granted by the Association on the recommendation of the
    Scoutmaster, must be worn by all grades of Scouts in uniform on the center of the left-hand pocket of the shirt. (This is also referred to as the BPSA Association badge.)
  • WFIS Badge – Worn by all Scouts in all Sections. The Pathfinder wears this on the center of the right-hand pocket of the shirt. This show’s our association’s membership in the World Federation of Independent Scouts.
  • Association Name Strip (not shown in graphic). The “B-P Service Association” name strip is worn directly above the right-hand pocket of the shirt.
  • Shoulder Knot: Braid six inches long, 1⁄2 inch wide, of Patrol colors, and on the left shoulder.
  • Group Name Strip: A badge indicating the Scout Group; worn on the right shoulder.
  • Shorts/Pants: Blue, khaki, olive, or grey in color and of a comfortable outdoor/cargo style. Female sections/patrols may opt to wear a traditional kilt, as long as all are of the same design, color, and pattern. Blue jeans are discouraged.
  • Belt: Brown leather or web.
  • Socks: Any plain color, worn turned down below the knee with a green tabbed garter showing on outside.
  • Boots/Shoes: Brown or black, sturdy, hiking-style shoes.
  • Staff: Every Scout should be equipped with a natural wood staff, marked in feet and inches, to be carried on all appropriate occasions. We encourage our Scouts to make their own hiking staves.

We recognize that families may not be able to invest in a full uniform immediately but encourage scouts to add to their uniform over time.

CLICK HERE to register your son or daughter as a BPSA Pathfinder Scout today!