Scouting in Oregon

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Scouting in the U.S. state of Oregon includes the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts youth organizations.

Boy Scouting in Oregon[edit]

There are five Boy Scouts of America local councils serving communities in Oregon, although they are not all headquartered in Oregon..

Blue Mountain Council[edit]

Blue Mountain Council serves Scouts in Washington and Oregon. [1]

Cascade Pacific Council[edit]

Cascade Pacific Council serves Scouts in Oregon and Washington. [2]

Districts[edit]

  • Calapooia District
  • Chinook District
  • Eagle Valley District
  • Columbia Gorge District
  • Fort Clatsop District
  • Fort Vancouver District
  • Klamath District
  • Lewis & Clark District
  • Mid-Columbia District
  • Pioneer District
  • Sunset Trail District
  • Three Rivers District
  • Thunderbird District
  • Tillamook District
  • Tuality District
  • Wapiti District
  • Willamette District
  • Sea Scout District

Council camps[edit]

The council operates a number of camps, including;

Butte Creek Scout Ranch[edit]

Butte Creek Scout Ranch, also known as Gilbert Ranch during the summers, is a working ranch that doubles as a Cub Scout resident camp. Consisting of over 600 acres nestled near Scotts Mills, the property first opened as a summer camp in 1997. During the summers, it is a 3 day and 2 night camp for scouts ages 7-11. Unlike other resident Cub camps in the council, it has a Western theme every year. It is one of the few scout camps in the nation that includes a horse riding station. Throughout the property, cows, goats, chickens, and sometimes pigs are present. This property was also the first camp in the council to start a session for girls in the same age group. Originally started in 2007, the program was called "Sister's Camp" and had the purpose of trying to get Cub Scout sisters to also have a chance to experience. As of 2012, the program still exists (now called "Girl's Camp"), and is for ages 8 to 13. The summer staff is primarily high school students.

The property also doubles as the winter location for the council's 70+ head of horses. Twice a year, June and August, 50 of the horses are ridden between Camp Baldwin and Butte Creek along a beautiful route over Mount Hood. The Horse Trek is open to anyone over 13, although scouts receive a discount. During the winter, scouts can enjoy a weekend of horseback riding and camping on the property. The winters are staffed by a diverse group of volunteers who run rides and help maintain the property.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Wauna La-Mon'tay Lodge #442 Members provide thousands of hours of service every year to Cascade Pacific Council's camps.

Crater Lake Council[edit]

Crater Lake Council serves Scouts in Oregon and California. [1]

Districts[edit]

Council camps[edit]

  • Camp Makualla is located on the shores of Crescent Lake in the heart of the Cascades and the Deschutes National Forest.
  • Camp McLoughlin is located on the northwestern shoreline of Lake of the Woods of the Fremont-Winema National Forests.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Lo La 'Qam Geela Lodge #491

Ore-Ida Council[edit]

Ore-Ida Council serves Scouts in Idaho and Oregon.

Oregon Trail Council[edit]

The Oregon Trail Council serves Scouts in Oregon. [3]

Districts[edit]

Council camps[edit]

  • Camp Baker
  • Camp Melakwa
  • Camp Murnane
  • Marion Mooney Scout Ranch
  • Kitson Hot Springs
  • Weyerhaeuser Woods

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Tsisqan Lodge #253

Girl Scouting in Oregon[edit]

Map of Girl Scout Councils in Oregon

There are two Girl Scout councils serving girls in Oregon.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington[edit]

Formed by the merger of Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council, Girl Scouts of Santiam Council, Girl Scouts of Western Rivers Council, and Girl Scouts of Winema Council in October 2008.

Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

Service centers in Oregon:

Summer resident camps:

  • Camp Arrowhead is 260 acres (1.1 km2) located in the Gorge near Stevenson, Washington. Camp Arrowhead has 260 acres of forest, meadows, trails, and a lake. It was opened in 1948.
  • Camp Cleawox is located two miles south of Florence in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This 47 acres (190,000 m2) site is situated on a freshwater lake. Girl Scouts first started camping there before 1930 and in 1938/1939 substantial work was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The property was also leased by other groups until 1949.[2]
  • Camp Whispering Winds is located in the forested hills of Kings Valley. The camp includes 220 acres (0.89 km2) and a central lake.

Outdoor Program Centers:

  • The Homestead Outdoor Program Center is 32 acres (130,000 m2) located on the historically significant Creighton Homestead in Rhododendron at the base of Mount Hood.
  • Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center is located off Sunset Highway in North Plains. Mountaindale has 50 acres (200,000 m2) of woods, a meadow, and a pond.
  • Ruth Hyde Outdoor Program Center is 90 acres (360,000 m2) about seven miles west of Grants Pass.

Program centers:

  • Albany Program Center is located in a residential section of Albany.
  • Lebanon Program Center is a converted schoolhouse located in Lebanon.
  • Newport Program Center is located in residential Newport near the beach and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
  • Seaside Program Center is located in residential Seaside near the beach.

Silver Sage Girl Scout Council[edit]

Further information: Scouting in Idaho

Serves girls in Malheur County, Oregon.

Headquarters: Boise, Idaho

See also[edit]

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