Second Work Day at Camp Royce Finel Saturday, April 26th

The OA and Local Troops will be working on building a boardwalk through the swamp area at Camp Royce Finel and other camp improvement projects this weekend (Apr 26).  This boardwalk project will not only make it easier to go through the swamped area, but will allow the area heal from the ever widening trail as people try to find solid ground.  We will be meeting up at the Carnahan Park (at the trail head) at 9:00 am.  If all works out we will be done around 3-4 pm.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water.

If anyone has a boat and would like to help, you will be welcomed with open arms.  We really need a good turnout to get this done in a timely manner.

Scout 14 and older will have their time counted towards the councils Hodag Award.

Birchard Kelley
FT Clatsop OA Chapter Advisor
503 440-9800


Recruit a Friend into Cub Scouts…and you and your friend will each recieve a screaming monkey

screaming monkey

Don’t forget….Day Camp staff interviews tonight

Just a reminder….Ben Miller, Camp Director and Laurie Kautz, Program Director will holding Day Camp staff interviews will be tonight (April 13th). They will be held at the Heritage Museum in Astoria (1618 Exchange) from 5-7pm.

Please arrive in a clean, neat Class A uniform (non scouts interviewing should wear appropriate interview attire). All applicants should bring a completed staff application…those under 18 should also bring a completed parental consent form. Forms may be found at



April 14/15 Full Moon…the Pink Moon as well as the first of 4 total lunar ecplises

The moon turned a blood red over the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia in this stunning photo taken by skywatcher George Tucker on June 15, 2011.

Apr. 15, 3:42 a.m. EDT: Full Pink Moon —The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.  Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and —among coastal tribes —the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn. In 2014 this is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full moon of the spring season.

The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed five days later on Sunday, April 20. This full moon will also undergo a total lunar eclipse and North America will have a ringside seat for it, as it will occur between midnight and dawn depending on your location. Totality will last almost 78 minutes. [Amazing Photos of a Total Lunar Eclipse]

The series of 4 total lunar ecplises is called a Tetrad.  [Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15 Explained (Video)]

Save the Date for Mud Mayhem…Formerly Mud Cubs

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SAVE THE DATE! Mud Mayhem (formally Mud Cubs) will be held on September 13thand will be open to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and their families! This is a change from last year. It is expected to be bigger and better!!

April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse Marks Begining of Tetrad

Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014, Diagram

Stargazers and lunar fans in the Western Hemisphere will have ringside seats for a total eclipse of the moon during the overnight hours of April 14 and 15.

This will be the first of 4 consecutive lunar eclipses…or a tetrad. 

For the Western Hemisphere, the eclipse will “officially” begin on April 15 at 12:53 a.m. EDT (0435 GMT), when the moon begins to enter Earth’s outer, or penumbral shadow. But even in clear weather, skywatchers will not notice any changes in the moon’s appearance until about 50 minutes later, when a slight “smudge” or shading starts becoming evident on the left portion of the moon’s disk. [Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15 Explained (Video)]

Anyone working on an astrology merit badge or belt loop??

Camp Payment and T-shirt Order Deadline Coming Up

Before you know it our scouts will be heading off to camp. That means that camp reservations need to be paid in full soon to qualify for free t-shirts.

May 1st: deadline for all camp payments. This is also the deadline for the packs to receive their free shirts. If a pack pays for their reservation in full by May 1st, they will receive a coupon code via email and will need to go online to order their shirts. The coupon code goes to whoever put the reservation in. This is very important. T-shirts MUST be ordered with that code to take advantage of the free t-shirts offered with you paid camp reservation.