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Pathfinder

Pathfinder Motto: “Be Prepared”

The Pathfinder section is open to boys and girls ages 11.5 through 17. The emphasis is on training through hands-on, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking.

Pathfinder Troops of 25-32 scouts will operate in Patrols of 6 to 8 members, led by a youth Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader for discipline, activity planning, and training the less-experienced members. The program is based upon Robert Baden-Powell‘s book, Scouting for Boys.

Section Schedule Meetings
Pathfinders: TBA

Pathfinder Uniform

  • Hat: Khaki/olive/brown campaign style, flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown. A beret, green or red, is also permitted with appropriate metal pin or patch on front.
  • Shirt: Safari/Bush-style long-sleeve work shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and shoulder epaulets in slate gray.
  • Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: dark blue, khaki, green or gray.
  • Belt: Khaki, brown, dark blue webbing belt.
  • Necker: 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
  • Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray.
  • Shoes: brown or black

BPSA-US also has links to get articles of the uniform.

Pathfinder Handbook: free pdf or purchase a coil bound for $10
Scoutmaster’s First Year – The 1948 edition of this popular and informative manual for new Scout Leaders

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. Keep in mind the time period of the book and know that we see this as a scouting book for boys and girls.

Aids to Scoutmastership – The fundamental manual for Scout Leaders. Complete with original illustrations. (1945 “Brotherhood Edition”)
The Patrol System – The 1917 book by Capt. the Honourable Roland Philipps regarding the most important topic in the Scout section – the Patrol.
Golden Arrow Training Handbook – Training Manual for Patrol Leaders (1960 first edition)