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Scouting in Oregon
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Scouting in the U.S. state of Oregon includes the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Girl Scouts (GSUSA) youth organizations, as well as newer organizations like the Baden-Powell Service Association.

Early history (1907–1950)[edit]

In 1916, the Portland Council (#492) was founded. It changed its name to the Portland Area Council (#492) in 1929. It changed its name again to the Columbia Pacific Council (#492) in 1966. It merged into the Cascade Pacific Council (#492) in 1993.

In 1918, the Salem Council (#493) was founded. It changed its name to the Willamette District Council (#493) in 1923. It changed its name again to the Cascade Area Council (#493) in 1926.

In 1921, the Lagrande Council (#494) was founded. It closed in 1924.

In 1922, the Astoria Council (#489) was founded. It changed its name to the Clatsop County Council (#489) in 1923. In 1927, the Clatsop County Council merged into the Portland Area Council (#492).

In 1922, the Corvallis Council (#493) was founded. It closed in 1924.

In 1922, Linn County Council (#491) was formed. It closed in 1924.[1]

In 1924, the Bend Council (#651) was founded. It changed its name to the Central Oregon Council (#651) in 1925. It merged into Mid-Columbia Council (#494) in 1927.

In 1924, the Coos County Council (#490) was founded. It merged into the Douglas-Coos Council (#682) in 1926.

In 1924, The Dalles Council (#494) was founded. It changed its name to the Mid-Columbia Council (#494) in 1925. It changed its name to the Mid-Columbia-Deschutes Area Council (#617) in 1929. The council disbanded in 1934 and the area was served by Direct Service.

In 1924, the Douglas County Council (#682) was founded. It merged into the Douglas-Coos Council (#682) in 1926.

In 1924, the Klamath County Council (#746) was founded. It merged into Crater Lake Council (#491) in 1932.

In 1924, the Medford Council (#491) was founded. It changed its name to the Crater Lake Council (#491) in 1925.

In 1925, the Lane County Council (#697) was founded. It changed its name to the Wallamet Council (#697) in 1933. It changed its name again to the Oregon Trail Council (#697) in 1944.

In 1926, the Cascade Area Council (#493) was founded. It merged into the Cascade Pacific Council (#492) in 1993.

In 1926, the Douglas County Council (#490) was founded from the merger of the Coos County Council (#682) and the Douglas County Council (#682). It merged into the Willamette Council (#697) in 1933.

In 1927, the Benlinncoln Council (#490) was founded. In 1931 it was split with one half of the council going to the Cascade Area Council (#493) and the other half going to the Lane County Council (#697).

In 1936, the Modoc Area Council (#494) was founded. It merged into Crater Lake Council (#491) in 1993.

Recent history (1950–2010)[edit]

The Modoc Area Council (#494) merged into Crater Lake Council (#491) in 1993.

The Columbia Pacific Council (#492) merged with the Cascade Area Council (#493) to make the Cascade Pacific Council (#492) in 1993.

Boy Scouting in Oregon[edit]

There are five BSA local councils serving communities in Oregon, although not all are headquartered in Oregon.

Blue Mountain Council[edit]

The Blue Mountain Council serves Scouts in Washington and Oregon.[2]

Cascade Pacific Council[edit]

Cascade Pacific Council #492
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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Cascade Pacific Council serves Scouts in eighteen counties of Oregon and Washington, including



The council operates a number of camps, including;

  • Aubrey Watzek Lodge, a winter recreation lodge on 12 acres of property leased from the US Forest Service
  • Camp Baldwin, 680 acre property 17 miles (27 km) west of Dufur in the Mount Hood National Forest
  • Butte Creek Scout Ranch, a 670-acre working horse ranch south of Scotts Mills
    • Butte Creek Scout Ranch 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 Cub Scouts ages 5–10. 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 "Sisters' Camp" and had the purpose of providing Cub Scout sisters with a similar experience to their brothers. Since 2019 the program serves girls and boys together during all summer sessions. 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 weekend 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 #491
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersCentral Point, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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Crater Lake Council serves Scouts in Oregon and California.



  • 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]

Oregon Trail Council #697
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersEugene, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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The Oregon Trail Council serves more than 5,000 youth, supported by over 2,300 adults in over 260 units. We serve 6 counties in Western Oregon from the Cascades to the Coast including Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Roseburg, and Coos Bay. Scouts are served along the famous Oregon Coast from Lincoln City to Brookings.



  • Camp Baker
    • Our flagship camp located on a private peninsula on Siltcoos Lake just outside the coastal town of Florence, Oregon. Camp Baker has been serving Scouting and western Oregon for 50 years with a high-caliber open program. Troops come from as far away as eastern Oregon, Montana, Washington, Idaho and California. 17 great meals are served from the Kenneth Ford Dining Hall. Camp Baker is a popular destination for outdoor schools, church groups and family reunions. Wheelchair-accessible campsites and cabins are available.
  • Camp Melakwa
    • High in the heart of the Cascades, Scouts and Scouters alike find the pinnacle of what Scouting offers. We help your troop focus on the patrol method, key skills, rank advancement and high-country wilderness adventure. The program at Camp Melakwa is tailored to promoting adventure. Our structured morning merit badge sessions give way to afternoons of exploration. Enjoy open archery, rifle, and shotgun ranges, as well as open areas in waterfront, nature, and Scoutcraft. The call of the mountain and endless trails will be a constant allure.
      • Climb the Middle Sister or descend into an ancient lava tube.
      • Swim, snorkel, SUP, kayak, canoe, row, and fish in our surprisingly warm crystal-clear lake.
      • Attain rank on the Trail to First Class.
      • Climb and rappel on natural rock.
      • Day hike to one of the many surrounding lakes.
  • Camp Murnane
  • Marion Mooney Scout Ranch
  • Kitson Hot Springs
  • Weyerhaeuser Woods

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Girl Scouting in Oregon[edit]

Girl Scouting in Oregon
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There are two Girl Scout councils serving girls in Oregon.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage[edit]

Serves girls in Malheur County, Oregon with headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington[edit]

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
OwnerGirl Scouts of the USA
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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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.

Service centers in Oregon[edit]

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.

Summer resident camps[edit]

  • 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.[3]
  • 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.

Baden-Powell Service Association in Oregon[edit]

The Baden-Powell Service Association has six chartered groups in the Portland, Oregon area—more than any other city in the United States.[4] The BPSA is an inclusive, "back to basics" organization that welcomes boys and girls from 5 years of age through adulthood.

45th Columbia River[edit]

45th Columbia River
LocationVancouver, Washington
CountryUnited States
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The 45th Columbia River group began as the "Truman Scouts", affiliated with the Parks Foundation of Clark County.[5] They later joined the BPSA.

55th Cascadia[edit]

55th Cascadia
LocationPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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The 55th Cascadia scouting group was founded in 2013 by Ethan Jewett and Travis Wittwer to bring an inclusive scouting experience to Portland.[4][6]

636th Mt. Tabor[edit]

636th Mt. Tabor
LocationPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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The 636th Mt. Tabor group was founded when 55th Cascadia reached capacity and could no longer accept new scouts.[7]

22nd Wildwood[edit]

22nd Wildwood
LocationPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
FounderJoseph Kiniry
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The 22nd Wildwood scout group was formed by Joseph Kiniry in 2014. They are headquartered in Northwest Portland.[8]

503rd Spotted Owl[edit]

503rd Spotted Owl
LocationPortland/Beaverton, Oregon
CountryUnited States
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation.
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  4. ^ a b Hammond, Betsy. "In gay-friendly Portland, inclusive Scout leadership makes sense, Scout leaders say". OregonLive. The Oregonian. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "About Us". 45th Columbia River Scouts. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Zielinski, Alex. "Portland's New Alternative Scouts". Portland Monthly. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "FAQ". 636th Mt. Tabor. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Vondersmith, Jason. "Bits & Pieces: Llama party". Portland Tribune. Retrieved July 6, 2016.