August 2014 Report

The 55th
Catching up. It was a busy August.

Timberwolf Pack
Timberwolves ventured into the dark, cool spaces of the Mt. St. Helens’ Ape Cave. A wonderful 42 degrees on what was an extremely hot day outside of the lava tube. Our presence was fitting as originally a small group of scouts helped to explore the Ape Cave find. Many thanks to Ranger John for his time and expertise. Ask your Timberwolf if the 4 Cs are remembered. If not, your Timberwolf should have it written in their Timberwolf field journal–Lava tubes…Cool, Contract, Crack, and Collapse. For more photos

Pathfinder Troop
Pathfinders took on two wonderful activities during August–Backpacking in Goat Rocks, Washington…and Trail Magic in Oregon. If you are unfamiliar with the Goat Rocks wilderness, we recommend you check it out. Pathfinders were challenged as they hiked the 15.3 miles with 3000 feet of elevation gain. It was no walk in the park. However, it was a glorious walk through a variety of wilderness sights; we even saw goats–yes, they were far (far) away, but they were distinctly white blurs that moved on the mountain high, high above us. Our Pathfinder troop has doubled in size, and for everyone, this trip was the longest and most involved backpacking trip. The rain, and heavy winds at night did not deter Mole Patrol, nor Owl Patrol. Backpacking will be an increasingly larger part of the Pathfinder year experience. If you are looking for a place to get started, let us recommend the Next Adventure backpacking list. For more photos.

For our Pathfinder Service project this summer, Pathfinders (plus two super-Timberwolves) created Trail Magic for the Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers. Trail Magic is a term given to acts of kindness on the trail for the hikers. Hikers do not know when they will come across such pockets of magic, and I am sure after weeks of energy bars, they are quite happy to have what we provided. Each scout came up with a luxury item to share with hikers. We had a slew of beverages, post office, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and Indian Food just to mention a few. Above is a photo that one of the thru-hikers sent to us, thanking us for the Trail Magic. This is Amtrak. He is from Israel and on September 13th, he arrived at the Northern Terminus. In his email to us, he wished us a great year and hope that some of our scouts endeavor to hike part or all of the PCT. We appreciate him taking the time to let our Pathfinders know he enjoyed his stay with us. For more photos.

Rover Crew
August Rover highlights can be summed up in three words: “Cookinar” and “Goat Rocks.” At the first annual Rover Cookinar, we spent a late afternoon trying out a number of outdoor cooking techniques. For more photos.

As for Goat Rocks, this references a three-day backpacking trip into Washington State’s Goat Rocks wilderness. This was primarily a Pathfinder trip, but several BPSA Rovers were along as guide and mentors, and from the stories and photos that have followed, it looks like an awe-inspiring time was had by all. A huge thank you to Jacob, from 636th Mount Tabor Scouts, for organizing the trip.

In September, the 55th Rover Crew looks forward to hanging out with the Vaux Swifts’ annual chimney show at Chapman School and to the Pacific Northwest Brownsea Training Camp, where several Rovers will receive their Tenderfoot and Rover Squire proficiencies. At least one Rover Knighting is planned for BTC, too. September will also find Rovers kicking off the “Keeping Them Warm” Service project, under direction of Rover Mate Cynthia. Scouting on!

The all call section is where you can support our scout group. Your unique talents and knowledge can go to great lengths to strengthen our program and what we can offer scouts.

  • SHARE YOUR SKILLS–We would love to share your skill with our scouts. Are you good at campfire cooking; animal track identification; or such? Contact us.
  • CONNECT YOUR CONNECTIONS–We are looking for ways to connect with organizations, programs, and civic opportunities. If you have such a connection, please contact us. An example of this, which did not come to pass, is having an over night “camp out” inside the main Multnomah library.

August 2013 Report

August was a month of Ffffffs–Funding, Fun Times, and First Aid.

Scout Garage Sale
Funding: Scout Sale
We organized a fundraising event that held to our core beliefs of fundraising: (1) the fundraising endeavor should not be lengthy, such as months; (2) the fundraising endeavor supports the ideals of thrifty, resourcefulness, and community; and (3) the fundraising endeavor involves as many people in our 55th Cascadia group as can participate. We were strategically located just off of the busy Mississippi St/Skidmore intersection in Portland, Oregon. As our first fundraiser, it went well. We took notes on what worked, and ways to improve for next time. Yes, there will be a next time so put a box in your basement and start filling it with good items for a sale. Funds from the sale will be used to support the group with gear, adventures, and scholarships. Continue reading