Backpack Shakedown

Above, is the newly named Owl Patrol for our Pathfinder section. These scouts took to the weekend like owls–they swooped in and learned a great deal about what a backpacking trip would be like. The goal of this excursion was to (1) show scouts how to pack for backpacking, (2) demonstrate a hike in to camp, and (3) how to set up camp and deal with food needs.
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April All-Section Hike

55th Cascadia April 2013 Hike

One draw to traditional scouting is a return to nature. The outdoors provide great adventures from simple means–Adventurer, Explorer, and Pioneer are feelings that our scouts get when engaged with an outdoor activity.

This last weekend, we had our first All-Section Hike in Forest Park, a park seen by William Clark when exploring the Willamette River by boat (1803). As we walked the trails, we saw some of this old beauty.
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“Stub” Stewart State Park

During this trip, to my embarrassment, I found that I was without a working stove.

My family was hungry. Breakfast had already been delayed. I sat perplexed, starring at the MSR Whisperlight, trying to figure it out. I used it for dinner the night before. I turned knobs, plunged plungers, but nothing. I could not get compression in the fuel tank.

I asked Ethan about it the next day and he showed me why the fuel tank would not compress. With three swift motions, one of which included applying spit to the rubber plunger valve, the stove was working again. Experience pays.

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First Scout Round Up


892124_4560561257044_2122405589_o On Sunday, March 18, the weather broke its continued, rainy stretch just for our 55th Cascadia Round Up. This event gave families a chance to meet and talk about scouting, as well as register scouts. The substantial turn-out is a testament to a desire to have a traditional scouting program in Portland, Oregon.

The 55th Cascadia is a one-year-old idea that laid down roots this January. Continue reading