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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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Recent Blog Posts

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

Troop 3 Milton Comes Home

August 19, 2016

Submitted by Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Gauld On July 16, 2016, Troop 3 Milton came home to T.L. Storer.  The troop had not attended a summer camp there in twelve years. So at 9:00 AM on Saturday July 16th, Scoutmaster Dave Humphreys and Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Gauld along with Troop 3 parent Andy Synnott arrived at Adams … Continue reading Troop 3 Milton Comes Home

Climbing Toward Adventure

June 13, 2016

Submitted by John Iler, BSA Climbing Instructor, former Scoutmaster of Troop 103, Burlington, MA, and dad. “OK, I’m going to do this exactly once in my life.” That was my daughter Sarah as she prepared to rappel down a 40′ foot rock face at Quincy Quarries. Climbing/rappelling is just one of the many ways to ‘play … Continue reading Climbing Toward Adventure

Wood Badge Helps Ensure #ScoutingTHRIVES

May 20, 2016

Submitted by Michael Terry, Council Vice President of Program Designed to help Scouters make scouting thrive in their communities, Wood Badge for the 21st Century is BSA’s premier training program.  It is typically run by councils, or clusters of councils in cooperation with one another, and consists, in one form or another, of six days … Continue reading Wood Badge Helps Ensure #ScoutingTHRIVES