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

Brownsea

Jeffrey Kaye, the GSM for the 45th Columbia River scouts (Vancouver, WA), shares his write up of the Pacific Northwest 2013 Brownsea training. Jeffrey, as well as leaders from the 55th, 59th, and 636th attended Brownsea in September of 2013. Thank you, Jeffrey, for sharing your words with us.
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PNW Brownsea Training Camp
´┐╝Pacific Northwest Brownsea Training Camp – 2013
During the third weekend of September 2013, adult leaders of four northwest BPSA-US Scout Groups joined together for Brownsea Training. BPSA-US Chief Commissioner David Atchley and Quartermaster Scott Hudson acted as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master respectively. 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

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