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

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

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

July 2013 Report

55th Cascadia Scouts
Otter Raft
The July Otter Raft was held at the Children’s Arboretum. We had a few stations to rotate skill building: jump rope, ball toss, leaf rubbing, and general Otter knowledge. The Otters walked around the park to read tree labels and build tree vocabulary. Dan, one of our scout parents, lead the discussion of the differences between tree species. Continue reading

May 2013 Report

Otter_May_2013_FD

The NE Otter Raft visited Ladder 14 Fire Station to learn about fire safety. Otters worked in Dens to make thank you cards for the fire fighters and had their first Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Each Den has one or two Otters who are getting very close to completing their investiture requirements, and Dens will probably have their first investiture ceremonies at the next Raft meeting–Bull Run Education Center on Sunday June 23rd from 1-3 pm.
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