Willamette District supports Scouting programs, activities and education for youth and adults in Salem, Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Stayton, Aumsville, Silverton, and surrounding areas.
Benefits of Scouting. The Scouting movement provides superb opportunities for youth and adults to gain experience in outdoor skills, leadership, and meet friends with many talents.
Starting in September, District Roundtables will be held at
Christ the Good Sheperd, 4440 State St NE, Salem
The safety of children in our programs is the most important priority of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA’s safeguards highlighted below are key parts of our multilayered approach to help keep kids safe. These measures were informed by respected experts in the fields of child safety, law enforcement, and child psychology, and are among the strongest safeguards found in any youth-serving organization.
September 19, 2019
A special message from Cascade Pacific Council Scout Executive Matt Devore
Scouts and Scouters of Cascade Pacific Council,
Words cannot express my gratitude for the countless hours of service you devote to the youth of our communities through Scouting. While we are now in the exceptionally busy fall recruitment season where we invite children and families to join Scouting, I thought it was important today to reach out to you with some reflections and also some important late-breaking information.
On the heels of a record-breaking summer camping season, I sense a growing energy in our organization. For example, school relationships have deepened to the extent that we will have a Scouting presence in 100 additional schools this fall compared to fall of 2018. Furthermore, 2019 is shaping up as a very exciting year with countless highlights not limited to, but including:
- A record 64 new units have already been organized, including 47 new Scouts BSA troops for girls.
- Additional new packs and troops are on the way this fall from all corners of our 18 county service area.
- 12,000 youth and adults participated in our 2019 summer camping season.
- We will have hosted 10 weeks of outdoor school at Camp Meriwether by the end of the year.
- Significant camp improvements have been made this year, and will continue as we have recently allocated significant funds to improve shower houses/restrooms at all of our current resident camps.
I also want to share with you some recently released information from the National BSA organization. We were informed on Tuesday that the national registration fee will likely be increased for 2020. We have not been informed, however, of what the new fee will be, nor of the full details behind the change. Here is what we know as of today:
- National BSA sent local councils a memo this week stating the registration fee may be increased for 2020.
- National BSA expects to announce the new fee in late October.
- We do not yet know what the increased fee is.
- We do not know the exact date we will find out what the fee is.
- We do not know how this will affect our charter renewal process.
- When we receive specific details we will share them with you as quickly and directly as possible.
We know that the timing of this change may create issues for you, for unit and district leaders, and we apologize for this. We will do everything we can to mitigate the challenges that this change introduces.
Even though we face challenges, our strong focus is, and continues to be, welcoming families to join Scouting. Hundreds of new youth and families will join our program over the coming days and weeks, and we’re excited to share with them the fun and adventure of Scouting.
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