Submitted by Jenn Erickson, a Wilmington Cubmaster
Summer Camp…two words…endless opportunities.
Summer camp is so much better than a placeholder for your kids until you get home from work. So much better than a babysitter or electronics that keep them occupied. Summer camp is the time for kids to be kids. To get outside and learn the skills that will assist them in being better friends, prepared students and some day, engaged parents and productive adults.
The days are filled with fresh air, fun, learning (shhh!), dirty knees and hopefully sun. If not, they learn the importance of being prepared and having rain gear or learn how to be safe in a thunderstorm. They can do individual activities that strengthen their hand eye coordination, their creativity and imagination through woodworking, leather crafting, and arts and crafts. They do team building activities and learn to work and share with others. They learn new sports or maybe strengthen the skills of old ones. They learn they don’t have to be the best to have fun but they need to try their best. For many, a love of a new interest is borne or a skill crafted that they had never tried before. Who knew they were good at archery and slingshots? Who knew they could build a chair from a pile of wood? They get scrapes and splinters and learn how to treat them. They learn an appreciation of the outdoors and how to take care of it. They explore and discover new things in the world around them. They learn to care about the well-being of their friends by instilling in them the buddy system.
Summer camp is an opportunity for kids to be away from their parents. They discover what they can do without Mom or Dad there. We as parents learn what they are capable of when we step back and let them be, they truly can do so much more than we give them credit. They gain some independence, some confidence and learn from some mistakes. As they do these things, they build up their self-esteem and their self-worth. They become leaders and decision makers. They have choices that they are responsible for, they make new friends and are introduced to new types of people and situations. They grow.
Summer camp is childhood wrapped up in one week and I wouldn’t want my son to miss it for anything in the world. Summer camp is calling and he MUST go!
Eagle Court of Honor
One of the greatest moments in the Eagle Scout process is the Court of Honor. This is the event that celebrates your success with those who helped you and the rest of the community. We’d like to share some advice that may help make your special event even a little more special. Please use this as a guide to help the community celebrate.
Invite the following to share in your special day:
- All the parents, Scouts, and leaders who assisted you on your trail to Eagle, including your project
- Any vendors or donors who helped
- The non-profit or recipient of your efforts
- The Institutional Head of your chartered organization
- Elected Officials or other community leaders
- Extended family – they likely helped you in ways you may not yet realize
The Scouting Community
- Your troop
- Camp directors, merit badge counselors, and countless others that helped behind the scenes to help make Scouting thrive
In addition, your council would love to have a representative on hand to celebrate on that special day, and to present a certificate in recognition of your achievement. Once you have selected your Court of Honor date, please send an invitation to:
The Spirit of Adventure Council, 600 West Cummings Park, Suite 2750, Woburn, MA 01801
Send Out Public Announcements
- List your Eagle Award in your chartered organization newsletter or bulletin
- Send a press release to the local media.
- Take a picture RIGHT NOW with your family, and post to your social media outlets. Tag your Scouting Community and The Spirit of Adventure Facebook site.
Other Helpful Information
- The National Eagle Association offers several academic and merit scholarships. Be sure to bookmark NESA.org, read about the offerings, and set a reminder for yourself to apply. There is a fairly tight window of opportunity to do this and all submissions must be completed online by October 31 of each year.
- As a bonus, each Eagle Scout who applies for a national NESA scholarship is automatically entered for consideration for our Spirit of Adventure NESA scholarship.
- There is also the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Award. This is a service project of the year award. Each council selects one recipient and our selection is further considered at the regional and national levels, which have cash awards attached to them. The form for this award can also be found on NESA.org. Send the completed form, along with a copy of your Eagle project workbook by next January 21, to the Spirit Adventure Council at the Woburn address.
- Finally, Scouts will receive an invitation in the future to attend our annual Eagle Scout recognition dinner.
Submitted by Elaine Mason, Course Director from Cape Cod & Islands Council, BSA
Adult Leaders are invited to this year’s “Wood Badge” Course, hosted by the Cape Cod & Islands Council. The course incorporates the traditions of over 80 years of Wood Badge, while adding the management and leadership training necessary to be successful as a leader in the 21st century. Scouters will meet and build lasting friendships with others from three different councils!
Back in the old days, only a select few were invited to get advanced training and earn their Wood Badge beads. Nowadays, this special opportunity is open to any registered adult leader with a position in Scouting. Don’t miss it! If you haven’t taken Wood Badge yet, consider yourself invited. This year’s course is April 28-30 and June 9-11.
Q: Who should take Wood Badge?
A: Every adult leader no matter which program you are in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and/or Venturing should consider taking Wood Badge. It’s ideal for anyone ready to build on their basic training, learn more advanced leadership skills and strengthen their commitment to Scouting. Wood Badge goes beyond traditional outdoor skills to focus on leading people: how to communicate, teach, plan, inspire, manage conflict, drive change and serve others.
Q: What Commitment does it require?
A: Wood Badge requires two three-day weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun), a fee of $275, and a commitment to apply your skills and “work your ticket” after the course. Yes, it is a big commitment, but you are getting a lot of training packed into six days! The fee covers six days of food and accommodations, t-shirt, plus a lot of training materials. You’ll get many of the same skills that people get in corporate leadership training, for just a fraction of the cost. Some units choose to help pay the fee for their leaders. A $50 deposit will hold your place.
Q: Why do we need to sign up now? Can I wait?
A: Wood Badge requires a lot of planning and volunteer time to run. The BSA only allows us to run a course if we have at least 30 fully committed participants a month in advance.
Questions? Contact Elaine Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org