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Pathfinder Program

Please use this group forum below to discuss the BPSA's Pathfinder program. See our Pathfinder Resources page for more information and PDF downloads relating to this section.

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BAT, SAT, GAT (sounds like the start of a skit)

Started by Robert McKay on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Another question so soon!I could use some explanation on Bronze Arrow Training, (Silver Arrow Training - I'm not sure this one exists, but I feel like I saw it somewhere), and Gold Arrow Training.Reading the Golden Arrow PL Training method, and Jeff…Continue

Recruiting your first Golden Arrow Patrol

Started by Robert McKay on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Fellow leaders and scouts,We're about to start our recruitment campaign for our first Pathfinders and the Arrow Patrol.   I've read the Golden Arrow PL Training from the dump, which I think originated in Canada. I've also read Jeff Kopp's 2013 post…Continue

Tags: patrol, arrow, golden

bushman's thong instructions

Started by William Carter. Last reply by Joseph C. Braxton May 1. 5 Replies

Not sure of the source but informative on how to tie one.Continue

Observer and Tracking Proficiency Badges

Started by Scott Moore. Last reply by Scott Moore Nov 20, 2016. 4 Replies

Here's something I've put together while working on my Scoutcraft Star: a guidebook for those Pathfinders looking to work on their Observer and/or Tracker Proficiency Badge(s). It's still in draft form, but I hope some Scouts find it useful!Yours in…Continue

Marksmanship Proficiency Badge

Started by Peter Adrian. Last reply by Scott Moore Nov 20, 2016. 10 Replies

My 15 y.o. son is close to earning his 1st Class badge, and he was looking through the Proficiencies the other day when he noticed the Marksmanship badge. Firearms are a touchy subject in our house. My question is whether this badge can be earned…Continue

Motivating PLs to actually LEAD

Started by Jeff Kopp. Last reply by Nancy Muller Nov 9, 2016. 1 Reply

What are some ideas some of our Pathfinder Scoutmasters or GSMs have used to get their PF Patrol Leaders to actually lead their patrols and get them to do their own troop/patrol planning of service projects and outdoor activities?What sorts of tools…Continue

Tags: patrol, method, scout, patrols, pathfinder

Special Proficiency Badges

Started by Will Adamson. Last reply by Nancy Muller Apr 28, 2016. 6 Replies

This may indeed by in the Pathfinder Handbook, but I can't seem to find reference to this one way or the other.  When may Pathfinders begin wearing earned Special Proficiency Badges?  I had thought it was similar to Timberwolves in that a Timberwolf…Continue


Coed Scouting and the Patrol Method

Started by Kemper A. Straley. Last reply by Jeff Kopp Jul 20, 2015. 8 Replies

Since I'm fairly experienced at scouting, but new at co-ed scouting, I'm a bit clueless on camping with a coed troop. I realize that you need to set up separate camping areas for the girls and the boys, but how do you do this and keep the patrol…Continue

Pathfinders' BTC

Started by Jeff Kopp. Last reply by Richard C Saunders Jr (Rick) Jun 18, 2015. 3 Replies

We're going to try something new this summer and hold a weekend-long Brownsea Training for our new Pathfinders (those who just moved up from Timberwolves). We'll be operating from basically the same syllabus that's used for the Rover BTCs but…Continue

Tags: BTC, Camp, Training, Brownsea, Pathfinder

Beret Sizing

Started by Laureen Park. Last reply by Scott Hudson Oct 16, 2014. 1 Reply

Hello all,I'm going to be developing the PF program for the 5th Brooklyn group this year. I have a question about the sizing numbers for the PF berets. It does not correspond to inches, I know that. Does anyone know where I can find sizing…Continue


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Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

Being an amateur radio operator (HAM), it came to my attention that there's a yearly international event that encourages scouts around the world to reach out over the airwaves to connect to one another, even if so briefly.I noticed that WFIS even…See More
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Oregon BTC at Oxbow Regional Park

September 29, 2017 at 9am to October 1, 2017 at 1pm
Named after the very first scout camp on England's Brownsea Island, Brownsea Training Camp (BTC) is the basic leader/Rover scout training for the Baden-Powell Service Association. When you attend a BTC weekend, you will come away with important…See More


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