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: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, 10-noon or 1-3 (depending on Den)
- 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, all patches as earned thought the year, and the tri-color Cascadia neckerchief (when earned/invested).
Friends of the Forest, the story on which the Canadian Beaver program is built (and subsequently, our Otter program).
A Book for the Eager Beavers, a companion story to Friends of the Forest.
Registration Update, 4 August 2015: The 55th Otter Raft does currently have room for new scouts. As always we are looking for parents interested in helping to lead Otter Dens.