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Otter Program

Please use the group forum below to discuss the BPSA's Otter program. See the Otter Resources page for more information and PDF downloads relating to this section.

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Youth leadership in the Otters

Started by Dave Carroll. Last reply by William Carter 15 hours ago. 9 Replies

Hi All! Ahmeek of 80th Overmountain here. This year we fully expect to run two dens for the first time, and we have a number of promising and responsible 2nd grade Otters we'd like to give leadership responsibilities to, at the Den level.It's clear…Continue

Friends of the Forest (Otter version)

Started by Victoria Grimme. Last reply by William Carter yesterday. 4 Replies

I know there is an updated "Friends of the Forest" on the way, so I had been holding…Continue

Otter Games and Activities

Started by Jenny Fowler. Last reply by William Carter yesterday. 13 Replies

Hi Otter Folk! Let's share games and activities that we're using with our Otters in the field. Continue

Tags: lessons, activities, games, otters

Otter Planning Notes

Started by William Carter. Last reply by William Carter on Thursday. 5 Replies

Our Otter Section is about to have its three year anniversary.  Here are our planning notes in case it is helpful to anyone.…Continue

Tags: planning, otter

Handicraft badge: Make a model

Started by Rebecca Durst. Last reply by Rebecca Durst Mar 22. 6 Replies

What are some of the models you have made with your Otters? I was thinking about doing a rubber band car, but I am running into problems and hoping for a more Otter-proof solution. …Continue

Notes from the Ahmeek

Started by Victoria Grimme. Last reply by Caroline Pettit Mar 20. 14 Replies

Last year we created a simple customized notepad for the Otter Leader. We…Continue

Otter Badge Rotation

Started by Laura Sowdon. Last reply by William Carter Nov 18, 2016. 4 Replies

Hi All- This is our 4th year at the 17th Black Bear Group- and I thought I would share some insights into how we have done badge rotation with the current otter handbook.  We have 3 years- A, B and C.  Year C is new- so if others have experience…Continue

Tags: rotation, badge, otter

Handouts for Otters (parents)

Started by Victoria Grimme. Last reply by Celeste VanLandingham Nov 7, 2016. 24 Replies

Hello all!I thought I would share a couple of files I created for our Otters in the 64th Brandywine. Badge Tracking Card (otter_badges.pdf): This is a tracking sheet for the kid/parent to keep to record progress on their badges. I just grabbed the…Continue

Tags: investiture, tracking, badges, otters

Any patches at all before Investiture?

Started by Joel Smith. Last reply by Jeffrey Kaye Jun 27, 2016. 1 Reply

I understand that the Otter Badge is sewn on the shirt after investiture. When did some of you guys sew on the WFIS badge and Group Name badge (before or after investiture)?Also, what about the patch on the ha?.  Did you guys assign the otter hat…Continue

Swimming up ceremony -- Otters to Timberwolves

Started by Victoria Grimme. Last reply by William Carter Jun 10, 2016. 4 Replies

Can anyone share their script, staging, or other advice regarding an Otter to Timberwolf "swimming up" ceremony? Half our Otters will be ready to go to Timberwolves this spring. We would like to have something special in our June meeting to bridge…Continue

Tags: ceremony, advance, up, swimming, timberwolves


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