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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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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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Recent Blog Posts

Who Do You Recognize?

December 4, 2015

It takes dedication and effort to work with youth in order to help them grow and thrive. When we think about some of the “faces” you see doing this in Scouting, we came up with six key players that help make Scouting Thrive in our communities:   Scoutmaster / Cubmaster / Den Leader Although we … Continue reading Who Do You Recognize?

The Value of Camp Staff

November 26, 2015

Submitted by Darrin Johnson, General Manager New England Base Camp One of my fondest memories within Scouting was when we arrived at Worth Ranch in Palo Pinto, Texas, in the summer of ’87.  It was not my first summer camp experience, it would be the most influential though.  It was Father’s Day, it was about 100 … Continue reading The Value of Camp Staff


November 23, 2015

Submitted by Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive and CEO It’s far more than a hash tag: it’s the mission of our Council. I’d even say it’s the mission of every Council. We spent a lot of time during the merger process discussing possibilities, opportunities, and how we might create an entirely new entity devoted to the idea … Continue reading #ScoutingTHRIVES

Community and Council: Local becomes Legendary

November 20, 2015

Like any new entity, The Spirit of Adventure Council experiences new milestones each day as it matures and adapts. The release of the council shoulder patch (CSP) is the most recent of these! Way back in the summer, we asked Scouts to draw and submit patch ideas, the marketing committee reviewed the designs and ultimately choose … Continue reading Community and Council: Local becomes Legendary

Allagash or Bust!

November 13, 2015

Submitted by Nicole Conte, Crew 345 President, Lone Tree Staff Member Only days after all but two of our members graduated from high school, we set out for Allagash Maine, or as we like to call it, “Almost Canada.”  The trip began early Sunday morning.  We gathered together, clad in traffic-cone orange Crew 345 T-shirts … Continue reading Allagash or Bust!

“Un juego con un propósito …”

November 6, 2015

Enviado por Francisco Guzmán, Cubmaster, Pack 109, Chelsea Después de una breve conversación con Chuck el otro día, me sentí obligado a poner mis pensamientos por escrito. Espero que esto anime a otros a recordar el impacto que tiene nuestro programa al aire libre en los jóvenes. Cada año, durante la última semana de septiembre, … Continue reading “Un juego con un propósito …”

“A Game with a Purpose…”

November 6, 2015

Submitted by Francisco Guzman, Cubmaster, Pack 109, Chelsea After a quick conversation with Chuck the other day, I felt compelled to put my thoughts in writing. I hope this will encourage others to remember the impact that our Outdoors program has on youth. Every year, during the last weekend in September, our Cub Scout pack goes … Continue reading “A Game with a Purpose…”

Ivy League Learning: Boy Scout Style

October 30, 2015

Submitted by Paul Gendreau, West Wind Senior District Executive The hallowed halls of Harvard University will once again provide the setting for the 2016  Merit Badge University. The program, a community service project of the Harvard College Friends of Scouting, will be offered for the 16th time this spring. Here, scouts will have the opportunity … Continue reading Ivy League Learning: Boy Scout Style

Engaging and Empowering Leaders Through Training

October 30, 2015

Submitted by Darrin Johnson, General Manager at New England Base Camp When I was told that I would be writing this piece, I decided that I was going to have a little fun with it. I asked a group of Scouts to answer one simple little question, “If you can do anything with your Scout group, what … Continue reading Engaging and Empowering Leaders Through Training