Traditional Scouting


Promise and Law


Training (of children) and badges

Uniform and standards

Traditional Scouting

  1. I don't understand - isn't all just Scouts?

    Yes and no, there are two major Scouting organisations, the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS) and the World Organisation of Scouting Movements (WOSM).  Baden-Powell Scouts Malta (BPSM) belong to WFIS.  Our focus is on Scouting done in the traditional way as laid down by our founder Robert Baden-Powell back in 1907.

  2. What's the difference?

    WOSM have chosen to update and modernise the training programme in an effort to 'keep up with the times'.  We at Baden-Powell Scouts Malta (BPSM) feel that this has been to the detriment of what Scouting originally was, tradition has been eroded and standards seem to have been dropped in a bid to make modern Scouting 'cool'.

    BPSM follow the original Scouting method which has stood the test of time for over 100 years.  We have modernised where necessary but we follow the original programme of Scouting skills delivered by a method of formal training and putting into practice through the use of games.

    We maintain that what are perceived as 'old fashioned attitudes' of smartness, having standards and healthy competition are as relevant now as they always have been.

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  1. Are you official?

    Yes of course, WFIS is an official organisation, BPSM is registered with WFIS giving us offical status.

    Scout groups not registered with WFIS or WOSM are not official.

  2. But why two organisations?

    Ok, fair question.

    We have to look back to the 1960's in Britain where the Scout Association of the time was concerned with losing membership.  A report was commissioned called 'The Advanced Party Report', recommendations were made to modernise the uniform and the Scout training programme.  This was not recieved well by everyone and an alternative report was commissioned called the 'Black Report'.  A group of Scouters wanted to continue with traditional Scouting and this was refused.

    This led to a break away group who formed the Baden Powell Scout Association (BPSA), over time this traditional Scouting organisation spread throughout Britain and eventually through Europe and the rest of the world.  It is growing all the time.

  3. Does this make you better than the other Scouts?

    Not better, just different, we have seen no need to modernise to the same extent believing that the traditional methods have stood the test of time and are as relevant today as they were all those years ago.

    Certain aspects have been removed from the original programme such as references to colonialisation (remember Baden-Powell was a soldier who was alive at the time of the British Empire), the uniform has changed slightly (we no longer have to wear shorts but in the Maltese summer it may be a good idea!).

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  1. Are you a religious organisation?

    Not as such, our founder Baden-Powell suggested that it was good for people to have a belief in God and indeed it is incorporated into our promise when we promise to do our duty to God.

    We do not teach religion neither do we force it on anyone although we do take part in church related activities such as church parades and in April every year we celebrate St George's Day.

    St George was chosen as Scouting's Patron Saint because of his example of courage and service in the face of difficulty.

  2. But I am Atheist?

    OK, we pride ourselves on being inclusive, we are open to people of all religions and faiths but on the understanding that Malta is a Christian country first.  In the case of those with no faith or religious belief this can be discussed on a case by case basis but the proviso will be that there should be respect for those who have faith as we will respect those with no faith.

    As long as those conditions can be fulfilled then we are sure you can be accomodated.

    Baden-Powell did make allowance for this at one time in the form of an 'outlander' promise.

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Promise and Law

  1. Do I have to take the promise?

    Yes, this is what sets Scouting apart from other youth organisations.

    The promise and law are a set of guidelines for life, even when a person leaves Scouting, refusal to take the promise and accept the Scout law means you cannot be a Scout.

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  1. How do I know my child will be safe?

    All adult leaders are subject to police checks and rigorous training in child safety matters.

    All adult leaders are health and safety aware and activities are planned in advance so as to minimise safety risks.

    All adult leaders are first aid trained either by St John's Ambulance Malta or the Malta Red Cross.

    Adventurous activities are delivered by qualified people.  If an adult leader does not have the relevant qualification then we will go outside the organisation to find someone who is.

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Training (of children) and badges

  1. What does this involve?

    BPSM offers an informal training system through the Scout method.

    Scouts are famous for their badges which can be categorised as follows:

    Progressive:  There is a progressive training scheme which begins aged 5 and runs through the different Scout Sections (Beavers, Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Senior Scouts and finally Rover Scouts (maximum age 25 years).  Training is delivered, skills are practiced and tested in the relevant environments.

    Proficiency:  Scouts come to us with a variety of interests and skills which provided they fulfill certain requirements may entitle them to a proficiency badge to wear (e.g. Musicianship, cycling, metalwork and)

    Occasional:  Badges are from time to time issued to mark certain events and can be worn temporarily on the uniform.

  2. Do I have to start aged 5?

    No as long as you are aged between 5 and 25 then you will start in the relevant section.

    Beaver Scouts:  5yrs to 7.5 yrs

    Wolf Cubs: 7.5 yrs to 10.5 yrs

    Scouts: 10.5 yrs to 15 yrs

    Senior Scouts: 15 yrs to 18 yrs

    Rover Scouts: 18 yrs to 25 yrs

  3. Can girls join?

    Yes!  We are no longer the 'Boy Scouts'.  Girls as well as boys are welcome to join.

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  1. How much will this cost and are there any hidden costs?

    Unfortunately it's not free of charge and there will be costs involved as follows:

    Subs: varies from group to group

    Uniform: discuss cost with section leader

    Camp fees: these vary according to length of the camp

    Occasional activites

    We try to keep costs as low as possible.  In cases of genuine financial difficulty please speak to the leader in confidence.

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Adult involvement

  1. How do I as an adult become involved?

    Firstly contact us through this web page.  Further information can be found in the 'Volunteer and Support" section.  We will arrange to speak with you, find out how much time you have to give and we will try and place you with a suitable group.  this will be on the basis of need.

    You will need to undergo police checks and a certain amount of training.  No prior knowledge is needed and a lot you will pick up "on the job".

    Please be aware that it is a commitment but a very fulfilling one!

  2. I have a criminal record can I still help?

    This is a tricky question and can really only be done on a case by case basis.

    People make mistakes in their lives (to err is human), a lot will depend on the nature of the crime(s), how long ago, how frequent and so on.

    As a general rule anything that is sexual in nature or shows a history of violence will debar you from appointment.

    The key is to be honest with yourself and us.

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Uniform and standards

  1. Tell me more?

    Whether we like it or not people judge each other on appearance, this judgment is often made within seconds of meeting for the first time.

    In BPSM we take pride in our uniform and appearance, we make sure that our uniform is worn correctly, badges in the correct position, headgear worn properly, shirts tucked in, trousers ironed and shoes are clean.  Uniforms are insepcted.

    We practice a little drill (don't panic we don't treat you like soliders).


    Wearing uniform correctly and taking pride in appearance is a skill for life, if you look the part you will be the part.  Ever heard of the expression "Dress for the job you want?"  Imagine going to the doctor or the dentist and he or she is scruffy, looks unwashed and slouches, would you think they are professional?

    Drill - what is the point?

    It teaches deportment (standing correctly), obedience, teamwork and pride in your team.  Skills that definately can be taken into the work environment.

    Young people are the future, Scouts are the leaders of the future.  learning attention to detail when young will mean it will become automatic in later life allowing you to focus on the big things.

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