Vigil

As the sun set, the warmth of the night blew in on sounds of insects dashing in and out of the lingering rays of light, and the low hum of the river. The walk down the river was slow, and intentional. In the distance, the sound of the Pileated woodpecker, the largest woodpecker, was heard. This was a rare sound. A new sound. The Vigil had started.

It was a time to look back on life, and look to the future. To consider purpose and Service. The location of this Vigil was not the initial choice. Indeed, the first choice was selected for reasons of ease and time. However, the name of the second campground fit so perfectly. It was meant to be the one.

A vigil is a time for the Rover Squire to reflect in the solitude of nature. The Vigil is part of the Squire’s progression to that of Rover Knight. Continue reading

Scouting for ALL

scouting_for_all_badge

While we forge ahead with creating our inclusive, outdoor-focused scouting tradition here in Cascadia, it is not lost on many of our leaders that a large debate lingers at the Boy Scouts of America. We are only tangentially involved, having made the decision to strike out and not wait for a long drawn-out evolution that many former BSA scouts and leaders still hope will occur. Waiting a decade, or perhaps more, for this process to yield co-ed, inclusive scouting is not an option for many of us who have scout-aged kids now, nor is the desired outcome a foregone conclusion. Continue reading

Plankhouse

Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Ridgefield, WA.

Last week had quite the rain downpour, but like it often does, the sun came out for us. Today, scouts from all sections met at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Washington) to experience a Chinookan Plankhouse, based on descriptions from Lewis and Clark’s Discovery expedition, and evidence gained during archaeological work on what was the Chinookan town of Cathlapotle. Continue reading

August 2013 Report

August was a month of Ffffffs–Funding, Fun Times, and First Aid.

Scout Garage Sale
Funding: Scout Sale
We organized a fundraising event that held to our core beliefs of fundraising: (1) the fundraising endeavor should not be lengthy, such as months; (2) the fundraising endeavor supports the ideals of thrifty, resourcefulness, and community; and (3) the fundraising endeavor involves as many people in our 55th Cascadia group as can participate. We were strategically located just off of the busy Mississippi St/Skidmore intersection in Portland, Oregon. As our first fundraiser, it went well. We took notes on what worked, and ways to improve for next time. Yes, there will be a next time so put a box in your basement and start filling it with good items for a sale. Funds from the sale will be used to support the group with gear, adventures, and scholarships. Continue reading