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

November 2013 Report

Behind the scenes, 55th Cascadia leadership are reorganizing the group to build what we are calling Version 2.0. One of the endeavors is the creation of supporting roles for adults who cannot be leaders, but want to be involved in the group. Another is strategic planning of a year-long calendar with connections between the sections and other scouting groups. Our group now has a private calendar to keep parents up-to-date, as well as a closed Facebook group. It is hard to imagine that the 55th Cascadia scouting group has been active for only seven months; we have achieved great things in that time. Continue reading

Scouting for ALL

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While we forge ahead with creating our inclusive, outdoor-focused scouting tradition here in Cascadia, it is not lost on many of our leaders that a large debate lingers at the Boy Scouts of America. We are only tangentially involved, having made the decision to strike out and not wait for a long drawn-out evolution that many former BSA scouts and leaders still hope will occur. Waiting a decade, or perhaps more, for this process to yield co-ed, inclusive scouting is not an option for many of us who have scout-aged kids now, nor is the desired outcome a foregone conclusion. Continue reading

Service

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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