BPSA vs. Scouts Canada

How does Traditional Scouting differ from Scouts Canada?

Updated January 25, 2019

There are many Scouting associations in Canada. Besides the associations which are aimed at a specific cultural or linguistic group, the main differentiation is between the associations which are members of WOSM, such as Scouts Canada, and the Traditional Scouting organizations, such as the BPSA and the Canadian Traditional Scouting Association, which are members of WFIS. Read on for a comparison between Scouts Canada and the Canadian Traditional Scouting Association.

Scouts Canada Canadian Traditional Scouting Association
Training Courses are brief and held online. Participation is mandatory because the usefulness of the training so low that few people attended when they were not forced to. Some training is of minimal relevance to Scouting, such as "Respect in Sport". Most training is held in-person at weekend camps. Part I and Part II courses are available. Training is optional and people willingly participate.
Uniforms 100% cotton shirts designed by a fashion company. Impractical for outdoor activities. Rugged outdoors shirts of the same style used for many years by Canadian park rangers.
Governance The Board of Governors is selected by a complicated system which gives a superficial appearance of democracy when in fact ordinary members do not choose who sits on the Board. The board is actually chosen by an unelected elite. Every adult member has an equal vote in elections and at the annual general meeting. The members directly elect the board of directors. Members may vote in person, online, or by proxy.
Transparency Minutes of Board of Governors meetings are secret. Minutes of board of directors meetings are available to all members.
Policy development Policies are developed behind closed doors with little or no member consultation. Members are forced to abide by policy decisions they were prevented from having any role in making. Policies can only be changed following consultation with the membership. Final approval is by an elected board or a vote of the general membership.
Freedom of speech Members are sometimes punished for speaking their mind and often keep silent out of fear. Members are free to speak their minds and are encouraged to express their opinions.
Rule of law Members, even those who have done nothing wrong, are punished or have their memberships terminated without due process. Commissioners often act as a law unto themselves, ignoring written policies. Human rights and written policies are respected.
Fees Annual national registration fee is $230 (groups may add to this amount). Annual national registration fee is $55 (groups may add to this amount).
Staff $12 million payroll with hundreds of paid staff in numerous offices. None; all-volunteer association.
Fundraising Members are required to sell popcorn. Only a portion of the funds raised goes to the local group. The rest is taken by the office. Groups choose whether or not they will do any fundraising and what kind. No door-to-door sales. All money raised is used by those who raised it.