Category Archives: 2011

Christmas tree recycling to benefit North Coast Boy Scouts and fish

On January 7th & 8th from 10am-4pm at the Outlet Mall, Seaside’s Troop 642 will be collecting Christmas Trees for their annual winter fundraiser. A $4 donation will be collected for each tree dropped off and $5 for trees picked up. To schedule a pick up, please contact (503) 717-9563. Please ensure your trees are free of all decorations including tinsel. Flocked trees can not be accepted.

This year, Troop 642 will be partnering with the Necanicum Watershed Council, Trout Unlimited and the North Coast Land Conservancy to turn those trees into fish habitats.

For further details on how the trees are utilized as fish habitats, please go to


Ft. Clatsop District Merit Badge Counselor List

As a reminder, Scouts are to receive permission from their Scoutmaster prior to begining a merit badge. Scoutmasters will have access to Merit Badge Counselor Contact information.

Click for a list of Ft Clatsop Merit Badge Counselors

Boys Life “Say Yes to Reading” Contest deadline December 31st

The deadline for the Boys Life annual “Say Yes to Reading” contest is December 31st.

All scouts who enter will receive a patch. There will also be gift certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of 3 categories…8yrs and younger, 9-10yrs and 11yrs and older.

Simply write a report, 500 words or less. The title is “The Best Book I Read This Year”.

For full details and entry information go to

Tree Plant opportunities available

Is your unit looking for a service project opportunity? How about a Guy Miller Tree Plant?

There is no cost to participate. Tree plants are running weekends from December 2011 through May 2012 at various locations.

All participating units will be given one Re-Tree certificate and scouts will earn Tree Plant segments available at the Scout Shop.

For more details and to register…Tree Plant flier PDF

If you will be in the Gresham area over Martin Luther King Jr Day and would like to plant trees that day, go to…draft of Guy Miller Tree Plant flier – 21 (Read-Only)

Unit Participation Rosters due for Scouting for Food

Please fill out a roster showing who in your unit participated in Scouting for Food. Once filled out, bring them to roundtable or get them to Karen Gill ( so you can get your segments.

Form available at…Unit Participation Roster

Cub Scout weekend camping available

There are two weekends left in the new winter weekend camping series offered by Cascade Pacific Council.

Dad & Lad – Tool Time February 11th-12th held at Gilbert Ranch @ Butte Creek (the same great location as our summer horse camp)

Parent & Pal – It’s all about Sports April 21st-22nd held at Cub World @ Scouters Mountain

For full details…CS Weekend Camping Flyer

Head out to Ft. Clatsop Sunday, December 18th for their Holiday Open House

Head out to Ft. Clatsop  for their Holiday Open House.  Make a family day of it. Check your Scout books to see if you can sign off any Cub Scout rank requirements/electives or Boy Scout merit badge requirements…

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park News Release
Fort Clatsop Open House, Sunday, December 18

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park announces Fort Clatsop’s Holiday Open House Sunday, December 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Fort Clatsop will come alive with the sights and smells of the holidays. Visit the fort during the season when the Lewis and Clark Expedition stayed near the Pacific Ocean. 

Holiday open house activities include:
•The Star Spangled Banner flag raising at the fort at 9:30 a.m.
•Volley of gunfire flintlock programs at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
•Christmas 1805 ranger talks at 12:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. A special night flintlock volley of gunfire follows the 4 p.m. talk.
•Tallow rendering and candle making will be continuous from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
•The Star Spangled Banner retiring of the flag at 3:30 p.m.
•Ranger-led discovery walks on the Netul Trail at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

After visiting the fort, warm-up in the visitor center with hot apple cider and participate in hands-on children’s activities. 

A special guest speaker presentation by Elita Tom, Getting to Know Sacagawea, is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in the visitor center Netul River Room.

At 2:00 p.m. three short films from the park’s 2011 Teen Film Camp will be premiered and visitors will have a chance to interact with the filmmakers in the Netul River Room.

Leashed dogs are welcome on the walks and most of the programs outside of the visitor center. The park, including the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore, is open daily (except for Christmas Day) from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Special winter ranger programs are also planned for each day from December 26 through January 1. 

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.