BP Guild Logo 57th. Canadian B-P Guild


WHAT IS THE B-P GUILD?
BP Guilds are members of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF) (an organization for adults). The B-P Guild is a fellowship in which individual members pledge to accept the responsibilities associated with the Scout Promise. In doing so, service to Scouting becomes the main objective of membership along with the pleasure of recalling former days of Scouting.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE GUILD:
1. To keep alive among its members the spirit of the Scout Promise and Law. 2 To carry that spirit into the communities in x, hich they live and work. 3 To give support to the Scout Movement and other public service as far as their other responsibilities will allow.

GUILD INDEPENDENCE
The International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF) and the Canadian B.-P. Guilds are independent organizations.

MEMBERSHIP
Anyone accepting membership in the B.-P. Guild agrees to accept the Aims and Objectives of the Guild, and makes or reaffirms the Scout Promise.

GUILD PROMISE
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God, and the Queen To help other people at all times and To carry out the spirit of the Scout Law

GUILD PRINCIPLES
To respect human life and rights. Work for justice and peace in order to create a happier world. Contribute to international understanding, especially through friendship, tolerance, and respect for others.

HISTORY OF GUILDS IN CANADA
B-P Guilds originated with "Old Scout Clubs started in Canada as far back as 1920. However none of these clubs were long lasting. The 1st. Canadian B-P Guild was formed in March 1960. From then on there was a gradual growth in Guilds in Canada, primarily in British Columbia. In 1976, Guilds were formed in Ontario and Alberta thus giving the B-P Guild a ional structure. May, 1976 the National Council, Scouts Canada, authorized the formation of the Canadian Council of B-P Guilds to act as the coordinating body for B-P Guilds in Canada. July, 1977 Canada was granted membership in the International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF).

IS THE GUILD RELATED TO SCOUTING?
In Canada most members of B-P Guilds are or were members of Scouts Canada (BP&P Sec. 1/3), registering through the Regional or Provincial Councils of Scouts Canada, but are financially and administratively independent of Scouts Canada. When active members of Girl Guides, or Scouts Canada, join a B-P Guild, they become valuable links between the Movements and the Guild.

OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
They are chiefly of conscience as one carries out the objectives of the Guild. Do what you can, when you can, if you can, without interfering with the running of Scouts Canada.

Assist in Service projects of your Guild whenever possible. Service projects are undertaken on a voluntary basis. Members can take part or not as they see fit. Enjoy the social activities of your Guild members and with the members of other Guilds.

IS THERE A SOCIAL SIDE?
YES!! Social activities are a most important part of the fellowship in the Guild. They provide the inspiration for working together to achieve success. Social activities are a way to introduce new and prospective members to the B-P Guild. They can be where members make or renew friendships. In other words any excuse to get together with fellow Scouters to have some fun and reminisce about the enjoyment Scouting brought into our lives and the good things we accomplished with our youth by using Scouting programs over the years.

Will you soon be ending your service in a Colony, Pack, Troop, Company, Crew, Support Team or Committee? Have you enjoyed the Fellowship that Scouting brought into your life? Do you really not want to end the fun and enjoyment you have had with the kind of people that are attracted to the Scouting program?

Do you want to continue to offer your services to Scouting in a less demanding way? If you have answered yes to any of these, then activities with the B-P Guild are for you.

Have you enjoyed your nights with a Scouters' Club or an Old Wolves' Club? Do you find you are now a Crew with over-age Rovers? Then perhaps you could give some thought to forming a B-P Guild in your Area, District or Region.

IS THE GUILD PURELY CANADIAN?
No. Like Scouting, the B-P Guild is worldwide through its affiliation with the International Scout and Guide Fellowship, which has membership in over 60 countries. It holds a World Conference every three years and the last meeting was in 2008 in Vienna, Austria. All members may attend at their own expense and voting delegates (4) are selected from the attendees.

WHAT IS THE GUILD STRUCTURE?
While each Guild operates independently, in Canada there is a three tier structure for administration, ie:
1. The local Canadian Guild.
2. The Provincial Fellowship of B-P Guilds is responsible for the registration of Guilds and their members with the Provincial Council of Scouts Canada. Normally there is a charter fee for each Guild plus a token fee for each member of the Guild who is not otherwise registered with Scouts Canada.
3. The Canadian Fellowship of B-P Guilds is responsible for all of the Guilds in Canada, collecting fees for its administration and for ISGF. The Council assigns identification numbers to new Guilds as they' form. They produce a newsletter "Mamook Papah" (Bring Message) 4 times a year as to what is happening with Guilds in all parts of Canada.

WHO CAN JOIN?
There is no age limit for B-P Guilds. Membership is open to men and women, normally over Rover age (26), who believe in the objectives of the B-P Guilds and wish to assist Scouting and their community, BUT due to personal reasons cannot give the full time required to be active in Scouting.

HOW TO JOIN THE B-P GUILD
Guilds raise their own funds, largely by fees, or by Guild fund raising projects and are independent of Scouts Canada. If you are interested in joining for service and fellowship, or for fellowship alone, you will be very welcome.

Please leave a message to the secretary if you wish more information.