#ScoutingThrives Update- Fall 2017

Program / Membership

Lion Cub Program (Kindergarten boys) is already off to a strong start! Last year we had a small group of packs that piloted the program, this year the majority of our packs have shown interest and signed up to run a Lion Den. If you have questions about starting a Lion Den, contact Jon Pleva. Similarly, the Base Camp(s) have created specific programs for Lions Cubs. These programs engage parents and Scouts in the hands-on activities that draw the children to the program.  Lion Cub programs at Base camp launch this weekend, and will be available at Lone Tree, and satellites. There are Lion Specific programs available every weekend! Check here for additional details and locations!

Home Base, the homeschool network at New England Base Camp, will open for its third full semester next week. The program is 100% sold out. We will start taking applications for the winter semester mid fall.

ISBCC, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, New England’s largest mosque will be conducting Venturing and Boy Scout programs for their youth members starting this fall. As part of their program, they will bring their Scouts to Base Camp monthly.


Thanks so much to Warren Cochrane, Charlie Cochrane and Elaine Hiebert.  Who made a generous donation to The Spirit of Adventure Council, BSA in honor of their late dad Mr. George W. Cochran, III. The funds will be used to create an ongoing campership to recognize their Dad’s legacy to Scouting.

Similarly, Mike Chavez son of the late Cambridge Council Registrar Lewis Chavez has donated $5,000 in honor of his dad to support camperships programs!

John Andrés contributed $10,000 to support our ongoing work at New England Base Camp and its ability to effectively serve, provide outdoor programs and ultimately grow Scouting in our urban communities.

The Alumni Campaign has raised over $25,000 in honor several Scouting Heroes. These Scouting Heroes and more will be permanently recognized in the Legacy Courtyard at New England Base Camp, and eventually at other camps as well. Don Doliber, Bill Barrett, John Cronin, George Kanelous, Vee Sokickian, Paul Langley, Paul Doherty, Kenny Simmons, and other Scouters.

Barry Sloane and Newman Flannagan, the trustees of the Storer Trust, have awarded Spirit of Adventure $37,000 to support our continued work with Urban Scouting.

Anthony Consigli, CEO of Consigli Construction and an Eagle Scout himself, has agreed to serve as a honoree for the annual Salute to Scouting event!


Our long tenured, wonderfully dedicated, compassionate staff member Paul Gendreau has been hospitalized for the past week. He successfully underwent surgery to correct the condition. He has been in a lot of pain and his recovery will be slow.

Heather Sheehan, our outgoing, happy, helpful and smiling receptionist has also been in pain this summer. The doctors have recently identified her condition and while it will be ongoing, and she’ll miss sometime this fall, she should be back to her old self in the next few months.

Please send Heather and Paul your best wises through social media, or send cards to the office. We will share your cards with them when they individually return to work

Other staff news: Lindsey Dionne has left the Spirit of Adventure to pursue a career in teaching at Hill View Montessori. Cam Anstey has left to pursue a career in communications and marketing.

Please join me in wishing them both best wishes as they embark on their new adventures. They’ll both always have home with Scouting.

Finally, we will have a new complement of staff members to replace any vacancies, those announcements will be forthcoming toward the end of the month.

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