The Otter program serves as an excellent introduction to Traditional Scouting for younger children. Their motto is “Busy and Bright.” The Otters are the youngest section in with children joining at the age of 5 years and going to the Timberwolf program at the age of 8 . The Otter Section is referred to as a “Raft” and the smaller units within the Raft are referred to as “Dens”; and both boys or girls may join . Otters learn useful family skills, community skills, and learn to play safely together while introducing them to the concepts of Scouting.

The Otter Raft will meet as a unit at least once a month (not counting at least one day trip or service outing per month).  All adult leaders are register with BPSA as Rover Scouts and need to complete a Brownsea Training Course within their first year of membership.  Leaders are required to include two of the opposite sex for a Pack or Six that is co-ed.

The Otter Handbook is geared towards the Otter Leaders and parents and is not intended to be a handbook for the Otters themselves. Leaders and parents should use this book as a guide to the program, training, and requirements when working with the Otters and putting together a program.


Otter Leader Handbook (PDF)
Friends of the Forest – The story on which the Canadian Beaver program is based.
A Book for Eager Beavers – The companion book to the Friends of the Forest (1972).
Cubmaster’s First Year – Great resource for new Otter Raft Leaders.
Introduction to Traditional Scouting – Detailed information about our program and group structure

Uniforms and Badges:

Otter Uniform – The official Otter uniform shirt & cap.
Otter Badges & Awards – Must be ordered by GSMs or Scoutmasters ONLY.