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Help Our Vets!

Visit your Scout Shop to take a name from the Giving Tree and donate essential uniform pieces to Scouts in need. When you give to local Scouts, you give them the opportunity to give back to their community too. Let's embrace the spirit of giving. Donations accepted November 13 - December 18.

The East Hartford Scout Shop is collecting Thorlo Socks for the Chrysalis Center’s Veteran Support Services, where they will

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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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Recent Blog Posts

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

The Spirit of Adventure’s Northern Network

September 25, 2015

Submitted by Dave Fitzgerald, Director of Program Over the course of the summer we listened to Scout leaders and parents share their thoughts about how to best use these three properties (Parker Mountain, T.L. Storer and Wah Tut Ca) together to craft engaging program for our youth. We came up with some great new ideas, and will … Continue reading The Spirit of Adventure’s Northern Network

Show your Spirit!

September 18, 2015

The Patch has been finalized and will be available later this fall. For those of you unfamiliar with the thought process behind the name of the council please read this email from the spring. We’ve heard all the feedback about the name 😃 (here are the responses to our name). All that being said – the name is … Continue reading Show your Spirit!

Civics & Scouting In Today’s World

September 18, 2015

In 2000, Harvard Professor and author Robert D. Putman wrote a book regarding America’s declining interest and participation in civic organizations and activities. He collected tremendous volumes of data that demonstrates since the 1970s Americans are increasingly less active in the social and political life in their communities. He titled the book “Bowling Alone: The … Continue reading Civics & Scouting In Today’s World

Building a great team – creating the right situation

September 11, 2015

By Jon Pleva, Director of Field Service and COO The last 8 months have certainly been eventful for the new Spirit of Adventure Council.  As two Boy Scout councils become one, there has been a number of changes made, particularly with our staff.  I’d like to take a moment to share some of the ideas … Continue reading Building a great team – creating the right situation


September 4, 2015

By Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive and CEO Because of my Scouting background and my wife’s personal make up, we were eager volunteers when our two daughters where in elementary school. We immediately raised our hands to be Girl Scout leaders, run the PTO family fun nights, run the family church outings or the youth group. … Continue reading EMPOWERING LEADERS- OUR COMMITMENT TO TRAINING