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Go-See-It Guide, Pack 294, Scappoose, Oregon


I am creating this guide with the help of my friend Linda Bays in the hope of providing a resource for other scout leaders in Scappoose, Oregon and for the scout leaders which will follow us in Pack 294.

I will start with the Go-See-It requirements for tiger cubs, and then I will add outings for wolves, bears and Webelos, and finally include requirements for the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program.

Feedback is greatly appreciated.

~Erin Howarth
Tiger Cub Den Leader, Pack 294, 2011-2012

Tiger Cub Requirement 1G: Go to a historical build



Tiger Cub Requirement 1G: Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

In Scappoose, one of the best places to go is the Watt's House.  They do tours all the time.  We took our tigers and wolves just before Christmas 2011.  The house was all decorated with lots of Christmas trees.  We were encouraged to come back at other times of the year when it is more like daily-life long ago.  We were able to see the basement which is a children's museum and included a collection of stone arrow heads.  Viewing this collection counts toward the collections academic pin.

We visited again in December 2012.  One of the women leading us around told us that she used to be the Cubmaster for Pack 294. :)  She gave all our scouts some cider, cookies and a candy cane.

Another way to complete this requirement is to visit the Washington County Museum.  They have specific programs for tigers, wolves, bears, daisies, brownies and junior Girl Scouts.  The tiger program meets Achievement 1G: visit a museum as well as Electives 14: reading fun, 18: sew a button and 31: learn about an animal.

~Erin Howarth

Tiger Cub Requirement 2G: visit a fire station



Tiger Cub Requirement 2G: visit a police station or fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.

In Scappoose, the police station is not very interesting, but the fire station is very interesting, and they do tours regularly.  Many of the boys in our pack had been to the fire station before as part of a school field trip.  We took the tigers, wolves and bears to the Scappoose Rural Fire District on 02/07/2012.  They were very rowdy, but the firemen handled them well, and they had a great time.  They got to climb up into the fire engine, and one of the firemen slid down the pole for them.

The Columbia County Sheriff Department in St. Helens is also very interesting, and they also give tours of the jail.  My daughter visited with her Girl Scout troop in 2011.  The control center there is fascinating.  One man controls dozens of switches to open and close doors all over the facility.  In 2011, the Columbia County Sheriff employed 24 deputies, 22 were on permanent assignment in the jail, and two were available to respond to calls in the community.  I also found this interesting: at the time, a fair number of inmates in the county jail were being held on federal charges.  These inmates were a source of revenue for the county as they were being held here instead of a federal facility.

Tiger Cub Requirement 3G: go watch a game


Tiger Cub Requirement 3G - Learn the rules of a game or sport. Then go watch an amateur or professional game or sporting event.

Scappoose High School posts their game schedule online.  Just visit High School Sports.net and search for Scappoose, Oregon.

Tiger Cub Requirement 4G: visit a tv station


Tiger Cub Requirement 4G - Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate to others.  I tried to arrange a visit to one of the local newspapers or radio station, but my calls and emails were not returned right away, so one of the dads in our tiger group arranged for us to visit KATU in Portland on 04/26/2012.  We had to take the boys out of school a little early because she wanted to complete the tour before the news anchors arrived to read the news at 4pm.  The boys had a great time.  It was a very nice tour.

Tiger Cub Requirement 5G: take a hike


Tiger Cub Requirement 5G - Take a hike with your den.

There are lots of great places to hike with scouts.  On 03/28/2012, I took a group of tigers and wolves to the Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island.  It's a bit of a drive to get there, but there is a lovely mile-long trail all around a pond full of water fowl.  It's pretty muddy much of the year though, so its a good idea to wear rubber boots.

In April 2013 I took a group of wolf scouts to Miller Road Park and we hiked the Crown Zellerbach Trail to the pond looking for more birds for our Birds elective.  The scouts had a great time. This location has the advantage of being really close and fully paved.

On 02/18/2013, I took the wolves to the Hoyt Arboretum in partial completion of the Grow Something elective which requires a visit to a botanical garden.  We went on a day with no school.  The trail maps are very confusing, so I just put one of the boys in charge, and we just followed our nose.  We ended up on Wildwood Loop.  We found a very nice geocache.  I learned that two hours is as long as boys this age can hike.  

Wolf Requirement 4: Know Your Home and Community



Wolf Requirement 4: Know Your Home and Community

F: Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.

The Watts House should work very well for this requirement, too.  See Tiger Requiregment 1G above.  Also, the nearby Heritage Park includes a veteran memorial which might meet this requirement.

Another way to complete this requirement is to visit the Washington County Museum.  They have specific programs for tigers, wolves, bears, daisies, brownies and junior girl scouts.  The wolf program meets Achievements 2d: Learn about your state flag, 4f: Visit an important location in your community, and it also meets Electives 10a: Native American lore, 10f: American Indian word picture.

Wolf Elective 5e: Visit a botanical garden or othe


This elective is part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award, so it is high on my list of things to complete this spring (2013).  My first thought was the world renowned International Rose Test Garden.  It's only about a 30-minute drive from Scappoose, but somehow I don't see seven-year-old boys getting very excited about roses.

Then I thought of the Magness Tree Farm is Sherwood, OR about a one-hour drive from Scappoose.  There is a special segment for that visit.  I think it will be a very worthwhile visit, but even though it is called a farm, it looks far more like a forest, so I'm not sure the scouts would learn about growing things, which is the point of this elective.

Third, I learned about the Northwest Agricultural Show, but it was over last week.  It ran from January 29-31, 2013.

Finally, I settled on a visit to Hoyt Arboretum.  It still looks like a forest, but there were many trees with little tags naming their species, so it was a little like a botanical garden.

Wolf Elective: Fishing


On 04/19/2013, we are going to take the wolf scouts fishing in Trojan Park.  One of my dads found out for us that the ponds will be stocked that week, so there is a very good chance that the scouts will be able to catch something even if it is there first fishing trip ever.

Bear Requirement 3: What Makes America Special



Bear Requirement 3: What Makes America Special

C: Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them. 

The Watts House was built in the Victorian style.  The offer tours regularly.  Contact the Scappoose Historical Society.

The Pittock Mansion is another old home which offers tours.  It is in Portland.  It was built by a man who made his millions in the newspaper business.  He built the home later in his life, after his children had grown, but he did have an adopted child living in the house with him and his wife.  They did not live there together very long.  The home was inherited by family members for three generations, and then it was almost sold to a developer who intended to take it down and build something else, but the people of Portland bought it and turned it into a museum.

D: Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city.   Go and visit one of them with your family or den

The Watts House and Heritage Park are two places of historical interest in Scappoose.

Columbia View Park in St. Helens features a memorial to Seaman, a dog which accompanied Lewis and Clark.  Nearby, in the courthouse plaza is a display of journal entries etched on stepping stones from Lewis and Clark.

Bear Requirement 5: Sharing Your World with Wildli


Bear Requirement 5: Sharing Your World with WildlifeDo four of the requirements.

D: Visit one of the following: Zoo, Nature center, Aviary, Wildlife refuge, Game preserve.
  • The Oregon Zoo is one of the best zoos in the United States
  • The Audubon Society of Portland maintains a sanctuary in Forest Park.  The sanctuary includes an interpretive center where you can see taxidermy displays.  If you are lucky, sometimes you can meet one of their ambassador birds.  Forest Park includes many trails, one of which leads right up to the Pittock Mansion (see above).


Bear Requirement 7: Law Enforcement Is a Big Job


Bear Requirement 7: Law Enforcement Is a Big Job

B: Visit your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.

Bear Requirement 8: The Past is Exciting and Impor


At the Washington County Museum, Bear Cubs can complete Achievements 4a & 4b: Tall Tales, 8c: The Past is Exciting and Important, and Elective 24a & 24b: Native American Life. They study through artifacts, hands-on activities, games and amusing stories of what life was like for the first inhabitants of the Tualatin Valley. Scouts will discover local myths and legends through the use of oral and written stories. Your Scout will visit the Museum’s research library and have the opportunity to add a scrapbook page to an ongoing scrapbook project. (This program lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes)

The bears did this in August, 2012 and had a good time though some of the achievements and electives were started but not actually completed..  As an added bonus for us, though, the museum happened to have a comic book exhibit during our visit.

Cub Scout Academics: Geology


Cub Scout Academics: Geology

11. Visit a mine, oil or gas field, grail pit, stone quarry, or similar are of social interest related to geology.

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals might be a good place to fulfill all the requirements for the academic pin such s visiting with a geologist and just learning the stuff you need to know to complete the other requirements such as making a collection or drawing diagrams.  I don't know very much at all about geology, so this might be a perfect resource to help the boys learn something very special.  ~Erin Howarth


Cascade Pacific Council Segment -- Fort Vancouver


The Wolves visited Fort Vancouver in December, 2011.  We checked out the garden, the village, and the many buildings inside the fort in a self-guided tour.  The Counting House has many hands-on activities and the boys enjoyed putting on jackets from the old days.  There was a carpenter in the carpentry shop who gave us a demonstration. I'm told that on some days, you may be lucky enough to find a blacksmith in the blacksmith shop.  The boys especially enjoyed the Bastion Tower and the cannons inside.  Admission was free for children and only $3 for adults.