Otter Motto: “Busy and Bright” – Otter is the youngest section of BPSA scouting, for kids ages 5-7. Otters learn useful family skills, community skills, and learn to play safely together while being introduced to scouting and preparing for the Timberwolf program. The Otter section is known as the Raft with 32-40 scouts, and is sub-divided into Dens made of 8-10 children. 55th Cascadia Otters have been true to their motto since the 55th was founded in 2013. They rarely meet indoors unless a task requires a sheltered place. Otters have visited many of N & NE Portland’s natural areas, returning at different times of the year to witness the changes each season brings to a familiar place. Each year, 55th Otter scouts collect items and assemble kits for local family shelters.
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, 10-noon
- Shirt: red long-sleeve jersey with no collar, sleeves rolled up or down
- Pants: Either long style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: khaki or tan
- Hat: red ball style cap with the Otter Badge centered on the front
- Necker: of the group’s colors, worn with a ring or slide at the throat
- Socks: any plain color (not white)
- Shoes: brown or black
- Belt: Brown webbing or leather
The BPSA-US Quartermaster has a good overview of Otter uniforms and patches. Note that the 55th Quartermaster stocks most of these items and there isn’t a need to order them from Texas. Registration with the 55th includes an Otter uniform shirt, the new Otter handbook, and all patches as earned throughout the year, and the tri-color Cascadia neckerchief (when earned/invested).
Registration Update, 20 August 2018: The 55th Otter Raft does have spots opening up this fall for new scouts. As always we are looking for parents interested in helping too lead Otter Dens.