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#ScoutingThrives Update- Fall 2017

As school begins, so does a new Scouting year! Fall recruitment is full swing and Programming is set for the year to make sure #ScoutingThrives! Here is an update on how we have been progressing and growing this year and what we hope to see in the future.

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Merit Badge Counselors are Mentors: Simplify the Process

The Advancement Committee has approved a unique idea and provided a guideline for all Scoutmasters for merit badge crowd sourcing. Check out the new procedure here.

Find the Merit Badge Counselor sheet here.

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New Eagle Scout Recognition Process

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 and learn more about Eagle Opportunities.

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This Old House: #ScoutingThrives

January 31, 2017

Submitted by Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive Spirit of Adventure Council The second round of Adventure Cards been mailed out to over 2,000 new participants. There are now about 7,000 adventure cards in use. These cards are one of the most significant signs of our recent shift to our service model. There has been much discussion about … Continue reading This Old House: #ScoutingThrives

Why I Staff at Scout Camp

November 24, 2016

Submitted by Michelle Merritt, National Venturing Vice President and New England Base Camp Program Director Over the past four summers, I have had the privilege of being outside on the hottest days of the summer, wrangling elementary aged kids into activities, sleeping in a cramped cabin, and not having access to the internet; and I … Continue reading Why I Staff at Scout Camp

Lone Tree is joining the New England Base Camp Network

October 28, 2016

Submitted by Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive and CEO “Can Lone Tree become Base Camp of the North?” has perhaps been the most common question that has come from our leaders from the North of the Spirit of Adventure Council since the merger of the two councils.  This serves two purposes: Create a place for the programs … Continue reading Lone Tree is joining the New England Base Camp Network

Type 2 Adventures

October 23, 2016

Submitted by Sue Ellen Briggs, Flintlock District Chair Scouting provides wonderful ways to have fun in the outdoors. I would say that there are two types of experiences. The first kind is picture perfect; smiling scouts under sunny skies. The second type is the activity that is better talked about after the fact than it … Continue reading Type 2 Adventures

These Are Troubling Times

October 15, 2016

Submitted by Komba Lamina, Urban Scouting and Exploring Executive When I saw the video of Alton Sterling’s killing for the first time, it frightened me. The video evokes memories of waking up to sounds of gunshots and artillery fire on one beautiful October morning in Koidu Town, Sierra Leone; rebels had attacked the city that morning. I felt broken, … Continue reading These Are Troubling Times

Making the World Safe for Diversity

October 8, 2016

Sincerely submitted by Francisco Guzman, Scout parent, Cubmaster Pack 109, Leader Troop 109, Chelsea “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”  – Maya Angelou Three boyhood friends, one Asian, one African … Continue reading Making the World Safe for Diversity

ScoutBook: What’s in it for US?

September 30, 2016

Submitted by Chris Rogers, Scoutmaster, Troop 507, Winchester I have been adult leader in Scouting for around 22 years.  Finding better ways to stay organized has always been important to me, as there is only so much time in the day to balance family, work, church and Scouts. In Scouting, it is important to NOT reinvent the … Continue reading ScoutBook: What’s in it for US?

All You Have To Do Is Ask!

September 10, 2016

My dad always told me “all you have to do is ask”. Yes, that statement has very much to do with a father daughter relationship, but being a Scouter for me has always been about the “Ask”. My dad taught me that it is ok to ask people for help and in return be at … Continue reading All You Have To Do Is Ask!

Telling Our Story: Promoting Your Cub Scout Pack

September 2, 2016

Submitted by Matt Bailey, Cubmaster, Pack 28 Wenham Last year, I recall reading a Council blog about a focus group held at New England Base Camp with non Scouting families. My takeaway was families once exposed to the Scouting program thought it was awesome but they also told us they saw Scouting a closed system and as outsiders did … Continue reading Telling Our Story: Promoting Your Cub Scout Pack