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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

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

Our Pass to Family Adventure

May 13, 2016

Submitted by Chris Jackson, Cubmaster, Pack 137 (Lexington) Our family’s Scouting adventure started three years ago when our son saw some pictures of Pack 137 in Lexington’s previous trip to the Battleship Massachusetts. He HAD to go. He had no idea what else the Scouts did he just knew that if it included sleeping on a … Continue reading Our Pass to Family Adventure

Changing the Future of Camping

April 29, 2016

Submitted by Rob McLaughlin, NeXus Counselor-in-Training Co-Director Everything is getting shaken up this summer at the Northern NeXus of Adventure including our new approach to Counselors-in-Training. All aspects of the Northern NeXus are being re-evaluated, including the CIT program that has been historically offered. Beginning this year, CIT’s at T.L. Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation will … Continue reading Changing the Future of Camping

Creating Engagement for Scouting and Families

April 29, 2016

Submitted by Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive and CEO Somewhere along the way I realized I have to embrace the fact that I am a crusader. For all the good and the bad that term implies – I am not rational. I am irrationally dedicated to making Scouting Thrive. It is way more than my hashtag, … Continue reading Creating Engagement for Scouting and Families

I Love Scouting for ME.

April 22, 2016

Submitted by Kim Lynch, Cubmaster (Pack 105, Burlington), Teacher, Mom, and Wife My first year of being Cubmaster is coming to an end, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why I do it. The answers always revolve around my sons: Jarrod (a Boy Scout), Dylan (a Wolf),  and another coming … Continue reading I Love Scouting for ME.

Let the Rare Adventures Begin!

April 15, 2016

Submitted by Joe Dailey, Northern NeXus Rare Adventures Director As an avid camper myself, I’ve always been an adventure seeker. Philmont, Sea Base, mountain biking, skydiving, dirt biking, ice climbing, snowboarding, you name it, I’ve probably tried it! I love being at the center of the action, and when some friends told me about the plan … Continue reading Let the Rare Adventures Begin!

Pondering the Perplexing Puzzle Piece…

April 8, 2016

Submitted by Sam Plouffe, Council Program Director Puzzles. We all remember doing them as kids, and the alternating frustration of finding and fitting together the correct pieces coupled with the immense satisfaction of completing the picture. Maybe your family was like mine and even spent time working on puzzles together. This is a great metaphor … Continue reading Pondering the Perplexing Puzzle Piece…

Making Friends through Scouting

March 25, 2016

Submitted by Diane Trubiano, Cub Scout Leader and Scout Parent. Since Pumpkin Fest in October, my son Paul and I have had quite the adventure adding to our scouting story.  He started college, completed hiking all 48 of the 4000 footers in New Hampshire, and most excitingly earned the Rank of Eagle Scout. It was a great … Continue reading Making Friends through Scouting