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Motto: Be Prepared
Rally Point: 69th Pathfinder Facebook Group


Pathfinders study animal tracks with Metro Naturalists

The Pathfinder section is open to young people ages 11 through 17. The emphasis is on training through hands-on, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking. Pathfinder Troops of 25-32 scouts operate in Patrols of 6 to 8 members, led by a Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with their scoutmasters regarding activity planning, training, and discipline.

The program is based upon Robert Baden-Powell‘s book, Scouting for Boys (Hey! This is for girls, too!).

Join the BPSA 69th Rangers Scout Group using the New Scout Registration Form:

The summer of 2018 those Pathfinders who qualify as First Class Scouts and have met the mountaineering training prerequisites will be invited to climb The Grand Teton via the Owen Spaulding Route. All of our Pathfinders will be camping, backpacking, snowshoeing and adventuring all winter preparing for this epic adventure. Additionally, the whole troop will be preparing for a North Cascades National Park canoeing Super Event. Won’t you come adventuring with us?

Section Schedule Meetings
Pathfinders: Twice a month. Usually includes or adds an overnight trip or major service project or activity.


Pathfinder scouts practice navigation at Mt Talbert

Pathfinder Uniform
The BPSA-US Quartermaster has a good overview of Pathfinder uniform items and patches. Note that the 69th Quartermaster stocks most of these items and there isn’t a need to order them from Texas. Registration with the 69th includes a Pathfinder handbook, all patches needed initially and earned thought the year, and the tri-color Cascadia neckerchief (when earned/invested).

  • Shirt: Safari/Bush-style long-sleeve work shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and shoulder epaulets in slate gray.
  • Hat: brown campaign style, flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown. A red beret, is also permitted with appropriate metal pin or patch on front.
  • Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: khaki or tan
  • Belt: Khaki, brown, dark blue webbing belt.
  • Necker: 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
  • Socks: Green knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts. With pants, solid dark color.
  • Shoes: brown or black



Pathfinder Patrol filtering water at Elk Meadows on Mt Hood.


Pathfinder Handbook – BPSA-developed handbook for Pathfinder section (current draft version)

Scouting for Boys – The definitive manual for Scouts. This is the book that started Scouting. Complete with illustrations by B-P. Originally published in installments every other Wednesday from January 15, 1908. The book consists of introductions for Scouters, 28 “Campfire Yarns” for Scouts, and a summary. Keep in mind the time period of the book and know that we see this as a scouting book for boys and girls and all young people.

The Patrol System – The 1917 book by Capt. the Honourable Roland Philipps regarding the most important topic in the Scout section – the Patrol.

Golden Arrow Training Handbook – Training Manual for Patrol Leaders (1960 first edition)

14565532053_ad8ac7c31d_hPathfinder Scoutmaster JJ Heldmann