Baden Powell Scouts Malta and its aims
The predominant aim of the Baden Powell Scouts Malta Association is not in any way a rival to any Scout Association in Malta or abroad.because it shares the same ideals of the Scout Movement as projected by the Founder, Chief Scout of the World, Lord Robert S. Baden Powell of Gilwell. The main difference between the Baden Powell Scouts Malta and to most other Scout Associations, is in the approach and application on how best to put into practice the philosophy of the Scout Movement through the Scout Method. The Baden Powell Scouts Malta is today a very small association and intends not seek high numbers unless it grows naturally as happened with the Scout Movement in its beginnings over 100 years ago. Baden Powell Scouts Malta opholds Traditional Scouting which in its entirety remains attractive, applicable and effective in modern times. Traditional Scouting safeguards the original teachings based on the ‘Scouting for Boys’ the book of scouting instruction written by the Founder. Baden Powell Scouts Malta follows Traditional Scouting which predominantly aims to educate young people and young adults with the assistance of Adults. B-P Scouts apply informal and non formal approaches to education through the learning by doing. Traditional scouting makes use of models of approaches to education pertaining to working in teams, living in communities, help others at all times, give a voice to those who need through active and good citizenship, take responsibility to lead others and are always aware of the needs of others.
The Training Approach - The Scout Method Approach
In a Maltese society with an upsurge in illiteracy notwithstanding the positive social and economic development that our Country has gone through, it is wrong to assume that unless a person knows how to read, write and operate a computer, is not fit to become a scout or scout leader and good citizen who is ready to give a service to assist others. The Founder surrounded himself with people from all walks of life, because it is the experience of life that makes the person and not only certificates of competence emanating from formal education. That is one of the reasons why the Scout Movement exploded in numbers around the world in the first century of scouting. The uniform, the common scouting philosophy and the scout method of education are the foresight of a genius – The Founder – Robert Baden Powell. Baden Powell Scouts Malta endeavours to follow the same steps of the Founder.
Training, is an important issue in Scouting. It has become a tendancy in other Scout Associations, n the recent years moved away from an informal and non-formal approach for the education of young people and adults to an approach which in several aspects is resembles more to formal set-ups of learning. The training of Adult Leaders in Scouting was designed by the Founder on informal and non formal learning approaches. In this scenario, over the years, a number of Scout Associations adopted approaches to scouting instruction that are alien to the Scouting Method with the result that scouting skills, scouting craft and competencies have deteriorated considerably. This approach in practice promotes social exclusion and segregation in society. It may easily produce a mismatch in the service a scout association is expected to give to different levels of intellectual acumen possessed by young people and adults.
Quality Scouting for the 21st Century
Powell Scouts Malta aims at quality scouting, and is not interested in huge numbers. BPS-M aims to achieve the objectives of Scouting by applying traditional approaches of scouting instruction and training which has proved for many years to be the base of the Scouting legacy. BPS-M seeks to work with all youth organisations including the Scout Association of Malta.
When it is time to 'Go Home'
B-P Scouts Malta believe in diversity, the right of free association and freedom of expression. Diversity and conflict are the source of creativity and renovation which are prevailing components in today’s management of people of all ages. B-P Scouts Malta endeavour to leave a better world by the time B-P Scouts are ‘prepared’ to ‘Go Home’.