March 2014 Report

BPSA 55th Cascadia

The 55th
We chartered in January, but did not have our first meeting, a campout, until April. This said, three months later we endeavored to create what would become a yearly event. We have new scouts to our group, and we have four scouting groups that will join us this year; here are some photos from Hullabaloo 2013 to give you a taste.

Hullabaloo 2014 dates are set. Planning is underway, and there are currently five scout groups attending: 33rd Pioneer, 45th Columbia River, 55th Cascadia, 59th Bear Creek, and 636th Mount Tabor. We look forward to scouting with you all. Continue reading

January 2014 Report

2013 will be, forever, a year to remember. We chartered in January, had an information meeting in February, went on a recon camp out in March, and had our first camp out in April. From there we had Hullabaloo, Brownsea, Timberee, Whittlers’ Workshop, fire competitions, service projects, adventures, and more.

We have an unconfirmed number of Chipmunks.
We have 29 Otters…
We have 25 Timberwolfs…
We have 6 Pathfinders…
We have 42 Rovers…
A wait list several dozen long…
And we have the greatest auxiliary support, Service coordinators, and snack rustlers this side of Mt. Hood.

We have grown, leaned, and every month we are amazed at the quality of our scouts, our leaders, and our families. Thank you to everyone.

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December 2013 Report

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“The most worth-while thing is to put happiness into the lives of others.”
Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 – 1941)

The month of December was a month of Service for all of our sections. Each section found a way to provide Service: Otters created hygiene packages for children in need; Timberwolfs packaged food at the Oregon Food Bank in NE Portland; Pathfinders packaged food at the Oregon Food Back in Beaverton; and Rovers collected warm clothing for project “Keep Them Warm.”

These projects support a fundamental tenant of scouting, and is seen throughout the Scout Law. Continue reading

November 2013 Report

Behind the scenes, 55th Cascadia leadership are reorganizing the group to build what we are calling Version 2.0. One of the endeavors is the creation of supporting roles for adults who cannot be leaders, but want to be involved in the group. Another is strategic planning of a year-long calendar with connections between the sections and other scouting groups. Our group now has a private calendar to keep parents up-to-date, as well as a closed Facebook group. It is hard to imagine that the 55th Cascadia scouting group has been active for only seven months; we have achieved great things in that time. Continue reading

Brownsea

Jeffrey Kaye, the GSM for the 45th Columbia River scouts (Vancouver, WA), shares his write up of the Pacific Northwest 2013 Brownsea training. Jeffrey, as well as leaders from the 55th, 59th, and 636th attended Brownsea in September of 2013. Thank you, Jeffrey, for sharing your words with us.
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PNW Brownsea Training Camp
Pacific Northwest Brownsea Training Camp – 2013
During the third weekend of September 2013, adult leaders of four northwest BPSA-US Scout Groups joined together for Brownsea Training. BPSA-US Chief Commissioner David Atchley and Quartermaster Scott Hudson acted as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master respectively. Continue reading

September 2013 Report

How did September get past us?

In September, we hosted Northwest Brownsea. Brownsea is the name given to the training for BPSA leaders, and comes from Brownsea Island, the location of the first organized scouting camp, set up by then Lieutenant-General Baden-Powell in 1907. This experiment is accepted world-wide as the origins of scouting. Continue reading

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