Everyone loves a parade! And so did the 55th Cascadia scouts. The clouds parted, the rain subsided, and sun covered the land. The theme of our parade entry was the 10 Scout Laws. Thank you to all that helped in this civic endeavor. We will do it again next year–big plans! Continue reading
In honor of the founder of scouting, Baden-Powell, the 55th took on a Service project to beautify the grounds of Beaumont MS, Portland. The morning was cold, but brisk work kept us all warm until the sun peeked through the clouds. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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