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

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

Service

Hydrofiets and 55th Cascadia scouts

Service is a large part of Baden-Powell scouting. In fact, older scouts have “Service” as their motto.

Today, our Pathfinders provided service during Sunday Parkways. Sunday Parkways is an event where about eight miles of road is closed to motorized traffic, freeing up the space for people to bike, run, walk, and everything else…skipping? Yes, we saw a person skipping the route. Continue reading

Backpack Shakedown

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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.
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April All-Section Hike

55th Cascadia April 2013 Hike

One draw to traditional scouting is a return to nature. The outdoors provide great adventures from simple means–Adventurer, Explorer, and Pioneer are feelings that our scouts get when engaged with an outdoor activity.

This last weekend, we had our first All-Section Hike in Forest Park, a park seen by William Clark when exploring the Willamette River by boat (1803). As we walked the trails, we saw some of this old beauty.
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