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BSA's Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice

As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action.

The twelve points of the Scout Law that define a Scout are all important, but at this moment, we are called on to be brave. Brave means taking action because it is the right thing to do and being an upstander even when it may prompt criticism from some. We realize we have not been as brave as we should have been because, as Scouts, we must always stand for what is right and take action when the situation demands it.

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Juneteenth

Classroom textbooks have taught us all that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 marked the end of slavery in America. Although this is true on paper, it didn’t translate in practice. In fact, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865—2 years after the signature of the Emancipation Proclamation—that slavery effectively ended in America.

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5 Gears of Programming

Below are the guidelines for the type of programming The Spirit of Adventure Council is going to follow in regards to the types of programming and activities that are being offered. We will meet or exceeds the level of strictness that the State or Local recommendations dictate. The current gear or phase that the council is in at any given time will be posted on the home page of the council website.

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Showcasing the Value of Scouting in Underserved Communities

October 23, 2015

Submitted by Komba Lamina, Beacon of Freedom District Executive A few weeks ago, we blogged about the decline in bowling clubs and how it relates to trends across America with far fewer people joining organized groups. The piece also mentioned that even though there are fewer bowling clubs, the number of people bowling has actually increased. … Continue reading Showcasing the Value of Scouting in Underserved Communities

Mostrando el valor de Scouting en las comunidades marginadas

October 23, 2015

Enviado por Komba Lamina, Beacon of Freedom (Faro de la Libertad) Distrito Ejecutivo Hace unas pocas semanas,  escribimos sobre la disminución de los clubes de bolos y cómo se relaciona con las tendencias a través de América con muchas menos personas que entran en grupos organizados. El excrito también mencionó que a pesar de que … Continue reading Mostrando el valor de Scouting en las comunidades marginadas

STEM Program Development

October 23, 2015

Spirit of Adventure has been selected to help develop STEM programs for middle-school age youth! Remember that science teacher you had in elementary school that really made it all come alive for you? He or she had those awesome experiments that you couldn’t stop thinking about even after leaving school…maybe it was making ice cream … Continue reading STEM Program Development

Adaptation: Changing a Culture

October 16, 2015

Submitted by Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive It has been an enlightening Fall as we rolled through the first typical six weeks of Scouting in the Spirit of Adventure Council. During the summer we had the benefit of simply running a few Scout camps: the highlight of our program. However, they are in many ways separate … Continue reading Adaptation: Changing a Culture

The Spirit of Adventure Needs YOU!

October 16, 2015

Remember that Boston Globe article about ice climbing at New England Base Camp? We want your comments about this article and New England Base Camp in general! Head over to Facebook by clicking here, or on the image below. Please help us to “engage youth and parents in physical fitness and the outdoors, as well … Continue reading The Spirit of Adventure Needs YOU!

Why Wait until Christmas to Practice the Spirit of Giving?

October 9, 2015

Submitted by Jim Garrett, Northern Light District Executive The core tenets of Scouting not only include self-improvement, but service to others. In your local community there are families and senior citizens without access to food or the regular comforts which can so often be taken for granted. As a Cub Scout, I remember showing up at a … Continue reading Why Wait until Christmas to Practice the Spirit of Giving?

Scouts, What Did You Do on Your Vacation?

October 2, 2015

As the New England Base Camp starts to come into its own, as the first ever public outdoor adventure experience “Powered by Scouting.” We have developed a series of free activities and displays throughout the Egan Center.  The displays inspire and encourage and include Famous Massachusetts Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Brain puzzles and riddles … Continue reading Scouts, What Did You Do on Your Vacation?

Scouting Is For Families Like Mine

October 2, 2015

We think this video pretty much sums up Scouting at the family level. Tell us what you think!

Merit Badge Counselors are Mentors: Simplify the Process

September 25, 2015

Over the past 105 years we recognize that certain aspects of Scouting evolved to become far more complicated than originally intended. Scouting is a community activity, and at its most basic, should not be burdened by complexities. Admittedly, the world is far more nuanced today than it was in 1910, and these modern conditions work … Continue reading Merit Badge Counselors are Mentors: Simplify the Process