Gear Trailer, fundraiser

The 55th Cascadia needs support to purchase a gear hauling trailer!

Our co-ed, inclusive scouting group has grown over the last 3 years to become the largest in our organization, and unsurprisingly we have begun to acquire a great deal of equipment that needs to be brought to camps and trainings. Our large Otter Raft, Timberwolf Pack, and Pathfinder Troop often hold all-section campouts and service projects that would benefit from vehicles being used to haul scouts, and a trailer for hauling backpacks, tools, and other equipment. Our group currently hosts the Western Region’s satellite quartermaster (store for uniforms, patches, and scout equipment). That gear alone can fill the back of a small pickup.

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The small aluminum 5×8 trailer we’ve spec’d is light enough to be towed by 55th families with minivans, small SUVs and mid-sized cars, and larger vehicles equipped with a hitch.

Though some yard sales and thrift, our group has managed to do a tremendous amount without asking for much outside support. We plan to do still more in the years ahead, and your contribution would translate into smooth overnight adventures for our scouts, the ability to travel to other states and Canada, and less work for our leaders who put on trips and trainings for our scouts (and those around the region).

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It’s a small step for our co-ed, inclusive scouting group, but a very important one. Our fundraising goal for the trailer is $2500. We’ve set up a special PayPal donation link. All contributions to the 55th Cascadia are tax deductible through the Multnomah Service Cooperative, our local non-profit umbrella.





August 2014 Report

The 55th
Catching up. It was a busy August.


Timberwolf Pack
Timberwolves ventured into the dark, cool spaces of the Mt. St. Helens’ Ape Cave. A wonderful 42 degrees on what was an extremely hot day outside of the lava tube. Our presence was fitting as originally a small group of scouts helped to explore the Ape Cave find. Many thanks to Ranger John for his time and expertise. Ask your Timberwolf if the 4 Cs are remembered. If not, your Timberwolf should have it written in their Timberwolf field journal–Lava tubes…Cool, Contract, Crack, and Collapse. For more photos


Pathfinder Troop
Pathfinders took on two wonderful activities during August–Backpacking in Goat Rocks, Washington…and Trail Magic in Oregon. If you are unfamiliar with the Goat Rocks wilderness, we recommend you check it out. Pathfinders were challenged as they hiked the 15.3 miles with 3000 feet of elevation gain. It was no walk in the park. However, it was a glorious walk through a variety of wilderness sights; we even saw goats–yes, they were far (far) away, but they were distinctly white blurs that moved on the mountain high, high above us. Our Pathfinder troop has doubled in size, and for everyone, this trip was the longest and most involved backpacking trip. The rain, and heavy winds at night did not deter Mole Patrol, nor Owl Patrol. Backpacking will be an increasingly larger part of the Pathfinder year experience. If you are looking for a place to get started, let us recommend the Next Adventure backpacking list. For more photos.


For our Pathfinder Service project this summer, Pathfinders (plus two super-Timberwolves) created Trail Magic for the Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers. Trail Magic is a term given to acts of kindness on the trail for the hikers. Hikers do not know when they will come across such pockets of magic, and I am sure after weeks of energy bars, they are quite happy to have what we provided. Each scout came up with a luxury item to share with hikers. We had a slew of beverages, post office, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and Indian Food just to mention a few. Above is a photo that one of the thru-hikers sent to us, thanking us for the Trail Magic. This is Amtrak. He is from Israel and on September 13th, he arrived at the Northern Terminus. In his email to us, he wished us a great year and hope that some of our scouts endeavor to hike part or all of the PCT. We appreciate him taking the time to let our Pathfinders know he enjoyed his stay with us. For more photos.


Rover Crew
August Rover highlights can be summed up in three words: “Cookinar” and “Goat Rocks.” At the first annual Rover Cookinar, we spent a late afternoon trying out a number of outdoor cooking techniques. For more photos.

As for Goat Rocks, this references a three-day backpacking trip into Washington State’s Goat Rocks wilderness. This was primarily a Pathfinder trip, but several BPSA Rovers were along as guide and mentors, and from the stories and photos that have followed, it looks like an awe-inspiring time was had by all. A huge thank you to Jacob, from 636th Mount Tabor Scouts, for organizing the trip.

In September, the 55th Rover Crew looks forward to hanging out with the Vaux Swifts’ annual chimney show at Chapman School and to the Pacific Northwest Brownsea Training Camp, where several Rovers will receive their Tenderfoot and Rover Squire proficiencies. At least one Rover Knighting is planned for BTC, too. September will also find Rovers kicking off the “Keeping Them Warm” Service project, under direction of Rover Mate Cynthia. Scouting on!

ALL CALL!
The all call section is where you can support our scout group. Your unique talents and knowledge can go to great lengths to strengthen our program and what we can offer scouts.

  • SHARE YOUR SKILLS–We would love to share your skill with our scouts. Are you good at campfire cooking; animal track identification; or such? Contact us.
  • CONNECT YOUR CONNECTIONS–We are looking for ways to connect with organizations, programs, and civic opportunities. If you have such a connection, please contact us. An example of this, which did not come to pass, is having an over night “camp out” inside the main Multnomah library.

Pride Parade

Scouting is an activity enjoyed by all. However, there are children and adults who are pushed out of scouting. This is not the case with Baden-Powell Service Association scouts. We have two paths in BPSA: (1) Service to community, and (2) Outdoor skills.

55th Cascadia scouts, and the newly formed 98th Rainier scouts, pridefully marched in the parade. Continue reading

April 2014 Report


The 55th
Only a few more days for us to reminiscing about our great first year, and then everything forward will be it’s own, new adventure.

We chartered in January of last year, then one year ago this month, we had our first all-section campout at LL Stub Stewart state park. It was to immediately immerse the group in outdoor scouting. This month we went back to Stub Stewart. For photos of the campout. Continue reading

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