Otter Scouts, ages 5-7, are the youngest official scouts in the BPSA. (Their little sisters and brothers often tag along to hikes and other outings, and are informally referred to as “chipmunk scouts,” but don’t pay dues or have an organized structure of their own.) In the 23rd Oaklanders, the Otter Raft usually meets on the first Sunday of the month at Joaquin Miller park, and on the third Sunday of the month at a local park or other site for a hike or community service event—see our event schedule for details.
The Otter motto is “Busy and Bright” and the Otter Law is: “An Otter is always busy and bright and helps other people by doing a good turn every day.” Otters are expected to have fun playing games and exploring nature while beginning to learn some useful outdoor skills like map-reading or fire-building. Like all BPSA sections, the Otter Raft is open to scouts of all genders, levels of ability, races, religions, and orientations.
Otter scouts wear red ball caps and a red long-sleeved tee shirt, along with the Oaklanders green-and-yellow neckerchief. Dues are $45 per year plus extra for uniform costs ($6 for the cap, $7 for the shirt, and $15 for the necker, for a total of $73 first-year costs. We do have a small scholarship fund if these costs would present a burden). Badges are included in the cost of dues. Otter scouts can earn a safety badge, a nature badge, a camping badge, a helping badge, a service badge, a handicraft badge, and an activity badge.
The best way for new Otter scouts to join our group is simply to come to a couple of meetings and events and see if they like it! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are planning to drop in.