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Proud Mom

My youngest has HF ASD. He has always loved scouts, starting from when his big brother was there. As soon as he was able to join, we did. I was involved for many years, some of those as Committee Chair for the Pack, and others as just a parent volunteer.
When it came time to cross from Cubs to Boy Scouts, we chose not to go to the troop his brother was in. We found a troop that was smaller and more accepting of his differences. He has done a phenomenal job and had lots of fun with this group. After the older scouts Eagled/aged out this spring, his friend was voted SPL and he was voted ASPL. Due to Covid, there was no summer camp last year. I was secretly relieved, because I wasn’t sure how he would do for a week in the woods away from home. Cut to this year, and I had the same dread. But we signed him up, and got with the leaders to explain the fears/concerns.
We dropped him off last Sunday with high hopes. I’ll admit, I was on pins and needles most of the week, and kept my phone constantly with me – expecting a call any minute to come get him. But that call NEVER came. We got email updates & photos from the leaders telling us what a great time they were all having, and giving us quick snapshots of how the days went. Dad went to pick up, and this kid spent the whole car ride home excitedly talking about absolutely everything they did at camp. When he got home, he came bounding in the house to tell me all about it. And then did the same when his brother got home. He even bought his brother a new knife from the trading post (I swear this kid is always thinking of others!) Seriously. I am in awe.
I cannot put into words how I’m feeling right now. Gratitude, love, elation, happiness, just so many things all rolled into one. I *never* expected this. I’m crying tears of joy right now. My heart is SO happy.
I grew up in a scouting family. My dad was a leader for many, many years. I knew the value of scouting early. I was a Girl Scout (because back then girls couldn’t join the Boy Scouts). I believe in scouting and the programming it offers. I’m proud to be a scout mom. And I know somewhere my dad is smiling. ⚜️

2021-2022 Membership Fees

At the BSA’s National Annual Meeting last week, the proposed $6/person fee was approved for the upcoming Scouting season.  This brings the registration fees to $72/youth member and $45/adult member.  These fees will go into effect on August 1, 2021.

Additionally, as a reminder, last year it was announced that Scouts BSA youth were required to purchase the Adventure Card for $48.  At that time, it was decided to keep the Cub Scout Adventure Card at $30 for one more year and increase it to $48 in 2022.  This will bring all programs in line in all 3 participating councils (Daniel Webster in NH, Narraganset in RI, and Spirit of Adventure in MA), at $48/person for the Adventure Cards.  To learn more about the benefits of the Adventure Cards at any Base Camp facilities, visit www.experiencebasecamp.org. This increase will go into effect on January 1, 2022, and will be collected as part of the rechartering process.

As Scouting Units prepare to set their annual dues for the upcoming season, here’s the fee schedule to use:

  • Youth Registrations – $72/year or $6/month Effective August 1, 2021
  • Adult Registrations – $45/year or $3.75/month Effective August 1, 2021
  • New Youth Joining Fee – $25 one-time fee
  • Adventure Cards (youth only) – $48/year or $4/month Effective January 1, 2022
  • Scouts Life Subscription (optional) – $12/year or $1/month

Good We Do 5/21/21

Pack 105 Burlington had a “Cereal Drive” this past week in place of their Scouting for Food this year.  Cubs were asked to donate cereal boxes to our first in person Pack meeting of the year.  The Arrow of Light den launched the chain reaction of boxes for all families to watch and cheer on.

Everyone had fun watching the cereal chain tumble.  We were able to donate 124 boxes of cereal to the Burlington Food Pantry.

Minutemen’s Pursuit Trail

Discover history as you follow in the footsteps of the brave Minutemen as they pursued the retreating British Soldiers on April 19, 1775 from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to Prospect Hill in Somerville on this historic trail. This is a recognized National Historic Trail by the BSA and established by the Spirit of Adventure Council and the Concord Scout House. For more information and trail maps, visit http://concordscouthouse.org/pages/scouting-at-csh/trails.php.

Good We Do 4/30/21

Concord’s Scout Troop 132 worked to complete a year of service despite the COVID-19 shutdown.

The troop, under the leadership of Scoutmaster William Duggan and cadre of adult volunteers, responded to the needs they saw in the community. They worked to implement annual activities like the Christmas Tree pickup, as well as new need activities like making masks for health care workers. Most of these projects also supported other local social service organizations.

For full article, CLICK HERE.

Good We Do 4/9/21

Second BSA Scout food drive fills Watertown Food Pantry shelves

Scouts collected 2.5 tons of food for the food pantry this past November, but both the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting unemployment in Watertown has hit our community hard. At the November drive Kathleen Cunningham, Director of the Watertown Food Pantry made an unusual request: Could another food drive be held soon?

Scouting for Food is a service project the BSA Scouts have participated in for years: Supporting a local food pantry, scouts across the U.S. collect food once a year, usually around Thanksgiving when many are feeling generous.

Scouting for Food in Watertown is a tradition near to the scouts’ hearts: Both the Watertown Food Pantry and the scouts call the Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church at 80 Mt. Auburn Street home.

The answer to Cunningham’s question was yes, and March 20, scouts from Troop 30 (age 10-17) and Pack 30 (age 5-10) responded, collecting 5186 pounds of groceries, cleaning supplies and personal items from Watertown neighbors.

Of particular note was the Bear Den of Pack 30, a group of third graders who together collected 1,500 pounds of food that had to be delivered to the Food Pantry in several cars and one pickup truck.

The individual scout who collected the heaviest load of donations was Webelos Scout Xavier Owens, who collected 814.7 pounds of food.

“The extraordinary team of scouts and leaders is overwhelming. The Watertown Food Pantry is truly proud to partner with this team,” said Cunningham. “When support is needed they really know how to get a job done!”

For those who missed the food drive, the Watertown Food Pantry is open Tuesdays for donations (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and for services (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Summer 2021 at WTC

Hello Troop Leaders,

 

After much deliberation and thoughtful consideration, the Executive Board of The Spirit of Adventure Council has made the difficult decision not to run summer resident camp in 2021.

 

The economic impact of the COVID restrictions has made it impossible to run camp without significant financial deficit, or transferring those costs to an already burdened membership – you.  Special staffing requirements, COVID testing standards, higher food expenses, and uncertain attendance all were factors that went into the decision.  This was not an easy decision, and we ultimately needed to decide to do what’s best for our Scouts, and make sure that regardless of where they go, that we help ensure they get a quality summer experience.

 

It is with that in mind, that we are collaborating with The Daniel Webster Council (Griswold Scout Reservation) and The Narragansett Council (Yawgoog Scout Reservation), as the preferred recommendations for summer resident camp in 2021.  These camps have a larger membership and attendance base, allowing them to better absorb the increased costs of COVID.  The Adventure Card will be reciprocal at both camps.  So, our Scouts will receive any Adventure Card discount benefits for those camps.  We have been working closely with both camps to help make sure the transition to either would be as seamless as possible.

 

Griswold Scout Reservation located in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.  Their weeks of operations are June 27-August 21.  The only week that is closed is the week of July 11-17.  Contact Skip Chase, [email protected] for more information, or visit www.NHScouting.org/outdoor-programs/summer-camp.

 

Yawgoog Scout Reservation located in Rockville, Rhode Island.  Their weeks of operations are June 27-August 21.  There is currently availability for all weeks. Contact Tom Sisson, [email protected] for more information, or visit www.Yawgoog.org.

 

Currently, there is a travel advisory for travel to and from MA.  If the advisory is still in place at the time of summer camp, we will allow travel for the purpose of going to summer resident camp.  If conditions get worse and stricter travel restrictions are imposed, both camps will fully refund any deposits or payments made.  So, don’t let that uncertainty hold you back from making plans for this summer.

 

Because of the contained conditions and frequent testing, we are able to allow travel during an advisory for summer resident campThose conditions are not in place with individual Scout units.  We are closely monitoring the state directives and hope to be able to add short-term camping in New Hampshire relatively soon.

 

SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP INFORMATIONAL ROUNDTABLE

A special Camp Roundtable with representatives from both camps will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm. To rsvp for the Roundtable CLICK HERE

 

We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate through these challenging times, and endeavor to provide the best Scouting experience for our youth.

 

Yours in Scouting,

John Andres

Council Commissioner

 

Jerry Cross

Council VP of Program

 

Jonathan Pleva

Director of Field Service/COO

 

 

Message from the Spirit of Adventure Board to our Scouting community.

It is with regret that the Board of Directors of the Spirit of Adventure Council announces the resignation of our Scout Executive, Chuck Eaton. We are incredibly grateful for the leadership and energy that Chuck provided the local Scouting community over the past ten years. This departure certainly adds some near-term challenges that the Board and professional management team have already begun to address.

Over the longer horizon we feel that the Spirit of Adventure is well positioned for success in serving the diverse backgrounds of the youth, families, and communities that are part of our footprint. This is in no small part thanks to the unique pallet of skill sets and energy that Chuck brought to the Scout Executive job over the past decade.

We are excited that, as Cheryl Katon, she will be joining Fenway Health as Vice President of Resource Development and Donor Engagement. Located in Boston, Fenway Health is a $131 million health care, education, research, and advocacy organization. With 600 employees, they serve over 33,000 people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and Fenway neighborhood community. This is a great career move for Cheryl and, while we will miss her leadership and voice in Scouting, we wish her much success.
The Board is pleased to announce that Jonathan Pleva, a 25 year Scouting professional, will serve as our interim Scout Executive. Jonathan has served as the COO/Director of Field Service for the Spirit of Adventure Council since its formation and has twice served other councils in the interim executive role. The Board is convinced that the management team is well positioned to provide the leadership required navigate the BSA bankruptcy process and transition away from the tougher times brought on by the pandemic.

Although Cheryl has decided to step down from her role as our Scout Executive, she will remain a member of the Scouting family. As she recently said to us “I’m an Eagle Scout, I’ve been in Scouting since I was in second grade, and I’ve spent my career trying to unlock Scouting for all families. I’d like to stay connected to Scouting, help where I can, and offer my talents when they are wanted.”

After a 27-year professional career in the Boy Scouts of America, we can look back on many accomplishments that helped better position Scouting for meeting the needs of today’s youth. Central in this reflection was her vision that helped turn an underutilized indoor pool facility into the centerpiece of the council’s New England Base Camp engagement and program strategy. This strategy spread to a multi-council collaboration that now serves three states through multiple outdoor education centers. Her passion for unlocking Scouting for all families has helped us become a role model of inclusive practices for other Scout councils.

We understand that upon reading this you may have questions regarding Cheryl and her journey. Cheryl’s story is Cheryl’s story to tell, and she will be sharing more of it through her social media platforms. Other inquires specific to the council may be made through our friends at Regan Communications (included below).

The Board asks that you all join us in wishing Cheryl much success and happiness as she continues her professional and personal journey. We look forward to her continued engagement with our Scouting family.

Jeffrey Reynolds
President of the Board
On Behalf of the Spirit of Adventure Council Board of Directors

For inquires related to the council, please contact Sean Martin of Regan Communications at [email protected]