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Nathan – 2019 Top Popcorn Seller revises his sale for COVID-19

WOW!! Have you heard about Nathan? Our council’s 2019 Top Seller!!

Nathan has been out selling door to door these past few days.  He designed the 3 by 4ft poster in the attached picture and had it printed at Staples. Mariama Sano had the opportunity to connect with Nathan yesterday regarding his experience and here’s what he shared with us.

“For starters, the people in my neighborhood have been very supportive when I speak with them about selling popcorn.  I try to keep my distance, wear a mask and limit contact with the customers, who seem to appreciate my effort to keep save.  So far, no one has reacted negatively to me because of COVID, and sometimes I think they are impressed with the steps I’ve taken to keep everyone safe. Having the large poster has be helpful because customers have been able to easily see the products from a safe distance. They will point at the item or read the name off the poster. I believe customers have enjoyed the sign a lot. I have been telling people about the shipping cost and it hasn’t been too discouraging although I had a few customers who opted for the wagon sale because of it. One thing that I have been doing is letting customers know that shipping comes much much much faster and that has helped.

Not listing prices on the poster has also been helpful. When people ask about the cost, I encourage them to choose the item they want first and then I’ll tell them how much that item cost. This way they got attached to the product before getting the price. When I compare my average sale per customer to last year, I see that there’s an increase spending. A number of customers are spending over 50 dollars!

I recommend that people sell in the early evening. That time frame works the best for me because it is a little cooler. It is also the time when people are done working from home.

My family and I are heading to Cape Cod this weekend and I plan to sell there.  The Online Direct option means that I don’t need to worry about delivering the orders in the fall – which my dad also really likes.

I also tell customers that we’re only doing credit card transactions.  The Square Reader seems to make them feel more comfortable with paying by credit card.  I think the credit card option is great because I get more rewards from Trails End and I don’t need to worry about dropping money when I am walking from house to house.”

Congratulations on hitting the streets Nathan. To all other scouts & scout parents, Nathan has paved the way. To learn how you can start selling, TEXT 62771.

Mariama is interested in hearing from more scouts who are currently selling. If you know anyone who is, please let her know at [email protected]

Changes to Online Registration System

  • Payment Options – Effective July 1st, National is no longer offering the option of paying for the online registrations at the Council Service Center.  All payments will be made online at the time the parent or guardian submits the online registration.


  • Adult Registrations – Effective July 1st, Adult volunteers can’t register via the online system.  Because of the Massachusetts CORI background check, we need to process and approve the adult applications locally.  We apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to do this online.  However, all adult registration paperwork may be scanned and emailed in.


  • Youth Registrations – Beginning on August 1st, all online youth registrations will be processed directly by the National Office, once the pack or troop has approved the new Scout.  The middle step of approval at the council level has been eliminated.  At this time, transfer Scouts are not able to do their registrations online.  The National Office is working on making that an online option by Spring of 2021, just in time for the next class of Arrow of Light Scouts to be able to cross over and transfer via online registration.

Also, beginning on August 1st, online registration will collect pro-rated AND the following year of fees for registration and Adventure Card fees.  It will still be important to communicate with the new families that local Pack, Troop, or Crew fees/dues will still be collected.  The full year fees collected, will be applied to the unit’s charter.  So the unit won’t be charged twice.

Be-a-Scout Pin

  • With the uncertainty of what fall recruiting will look like in the fall, all units are encouraged to make sure their Be-a-Scout pins are set with the current contact information.  Be-a-Scout is one way for non-Scout families can learn about local Scouting units to join.  Click HERE to learn more about setting and updating your Be-a-Scout pin.

Have you Registered your Arrow of Light Crossovers??

  • With the sudden shut down due to the pandemic, a large number of Arrow of Light crossovers have not been registered by their new troop yet.  Many are waiting for the physical Crossover Ceremony, others are waiting for the first in-person meeting.  Whatever the reason, you should make sure you do the registrations now, rather than waiting.  This YOUTH APPLICATION can be emailed back and forth, rather than waiting for the paper applications.

Waiting to register the new Scout with the Troop can effect their ability to work on Scouts BSA advancement, including any online merit badge classes they take, or attending the Two-weekend Scout Camp, which starts in August.  Physical Crossover Ceremonies can take place now that we are in Gear 4.

Setting up a BeAScout Pin

Set Up Your BeAScout Pin

  • This action needs to be taken by the Committee Chair, the Chartered Organization Representative, or the unit leader. The BeAScout unit pin allows prospective members to find you online and apply to your unit.

Login in to

  • Select MENU
  • Select your UNIT
  • Select Organization Manager


  • Select UNIT PIN (left-hand side of the screen)

Unit information section of the screen

  • Set Appear on BeAScout to the on position
    • On if check mark is visible
    • If on this allows unit pin to show on map
  • Allow People to Apply online from BeAScout Pin
    • On if check mark is visible


  • Person whose information
  • Will be visible when someone clicks on your unit’s pin
    • Email recommended
    • Phone number optional
      • Will only display if you select to display
    • Unit’s web address if you have one
    • Additional information
      • e. Day and time usually meet, interests etc.


  • Verify address of where you meet is correct
  • Defaults to Chartered Organization address
  • Select LOCATE
  • This will update latitude and longitude on map


  • Choose the fields you want displayed on the pin
    • On if check mark is visible
      • The fields selected will display in UNIT PREVIEW
      • as you enable them so you can see what will
      • be displayed

After your changes are made select SAVE (at bottom of screen)

For additional information got to

Scroll down to Getting Started Step 2 to watch the video


Are you taking American Heritage Merit Badge?

Requirement 3a. Select a topic related to the United States that is currently in the news. Describe to your counselor what is happening. Explain how today’s events are related to or affected by the events and values of America’s past.

Are you taking Journalism Merit Badge?

Requirement 2b. All on the same day, watch a local and national network newscast, listen to a radio newscast, and (with your parent’s permission) view a national broadcast news source online. List the different news items and features presented, the different elements used, and the time in minutes and seconds and the online space devoted to each story. Compare the story lists, and discuss whether the stories are fair and accurate. Explain why the different news outlets treated the stories differently and/or presented a different point of view.

Are you taking American Cultures Merit Badge

Requirement 5. Give a talk to your scout unit or class at school on how people from different groups have gotten along together. Lead a discussion on what can be done to help various groups understand one another better.


Last week, The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a ruling that a longstanding federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.

During our summer of Global Citizenship, we’ll highlight this decision and encourage everyone to reflect on the evolution of the civil rights act.


Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement. First proposed by President John F. Kennedy, it survived strong opposition from southern members of Congress and was then signed into law by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. In subsequent years, Congress expanded the act and passed additional civil rights legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


Civil rights of the LGBT community – Stonewall Riots

In June of 1969, most states said it was illegal to be LGBTQ. It was also illegal for bars and restaurants to have gay employees or serve gay patrons. Stonewall Inn was one establishment that went against that ruling and as a result there was a raid which resulted in a riot. The Stonewall riot became catalyst for LGBTQ activists. Although Stonewall was not the beginning of the LBGTQ movement, it became the turning point. Today, we celebrate Pride Month in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots and the impact that LBGTQ people have had in the world.  Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of issues facing the community.


Timeline Summary of Civil Rights movement and Civil Rights Act of 1964



Timeline Summary of LGBT Rights movement



Opinion piece by Irene Monroe


Learning about Citizenship

By K.L. Plano-Faber, Life Scout, National Capitol Area Council, T763 White Oak District

With Flag Day (6/14), Juneteenth (6/19), Independence Day (7/4), and the anniversary of the 14th Amendment (7/9) approaching, and Memorial Day (5/25) and the 96th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act (6/2) recently, as well as an election year and other current events, I’ve been thinking more and more about Citizenship in this country, and how to best show a commitment to the principles in the Scout Oath and Law. I’ve especially thought on our legal system, one of the attributes that makes our country unique. Our motto is “Be Prepared”, and law is an important system to be familiar with, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to look at how you can use the Law Merit Badge toward this goal.

The Law Badge, which over 5,000 Scouts have earned since 1974, covers actual law, the world’s and our U.S.A. history of law, how to become a lawyer, how to advocate and interact with law, and overall just how much falls under law’s umbrella. This badge involves interviews, research, and some writing, and provides a solid introduction to law basics.

Some steer away from the more ‘academic’ merit badges, leaving many of these to the Explorers’ branch of BSA. Opportunities we may not first choose for ourselves might fall under what Dr. Temple Grandin calls being ‘stretched’, and like stretching, it may feel unpleasant, until you recognize the growth it brings. The Law Merit Badge is often overlooked as the three Citizenship badges seem to many to cover the same concepts and material, such as youth being active and influencing legislature, but the Law Merit Badge opens different doors; one possible example is a Mock Trial.

Many people don’t know much about a Mock Trial, so I’ll say it is fun and hard work about data and using logic, interview skills, and game strategy. If you enjoy the concepts of D+D, Escape Rooms, or Logic Puzzles, chances are you’ll enjoy this, too. My team and I were supplied with the fictional paperwork, witness statements, a few other exhibits (evidence), and the rules of law. We had to sift through superfluous material, locate key points and build a case around them (we had two trials, one as prosecution and one as defense), anticipate and repel our opponent’s attacks, and destroy their argument’s foundation, all while staying within the bounds of the court and obeying the rules of evidence. In short, it is a challenge; a strategic chess match with all the intricacies that you continue to discover (I had a revelation on stipulated facts two days before the trial that helped swat down some objections) and gives you a sense of what real trial law is actually like. I am fortunate that our school Mock Trial was held online with volunteer judges over the web, during this corona-virus isolation period and that it fulfills a Law MB requirement; the other Scouts had to complete this requirement by either visiting (before covid era) or watching and listening to a court session online. I was deeply involved, not just a spectator, and I recommend this for other students. The Mock Trials, even though held virtually, didn’t give short-shrift to the concepts or practices. The Law Merit badge, navigated online like so many Merit Badges @ Home with a class and Counselor, worked very well in this format, too, just as I have heard that Citizenship Merit Badges are working out well for many Scouts learning from home.

This Law Merit Badge not only gave me a zeal for understanding law and my citizenship life better, but gave me new ideas to be more active, and direct experience that will come in handy. One of the best parts of our legal system is that anyone can work to change it, no matter what your age or position. Therefore, this is a key Merit Badge to aid you in doing your duty to your country and to help other people. Best wishes to everyone for educational, meaningful, and safe observances with family and with friends and in Units (at safe distances or virtually) for Flag Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, and the 14th Amendment Anniversary. Do a good turn daily, and enjoy your own Merit Badge studies about Citizenship and Law.

Essay written after completing the Law Merit Badge in the Spirit of Adventure Council/New England Base Camp Online this spring.


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 19, 1865—2 years after the signature of the Emancipation Proclamation—that slavery effectively ended in America.

Therefore, Juneteenth is a commemoration of the end of Slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865 that, Gen Gordon Granger and Union Soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced to the last 250,000 or so enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had ended and that they were now free.

There is still no clear explanation for why it took over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation for slavery to effectively end. But according to historians, the most popular beliefs are:

  • slave masters deliberately kept this information from slaves in order to maintain the status quo
  • a messenger with the news of freedom was murdered on his way to Texas
  • Slave owners wanted to generate one last cotton harvest

Although Texas was the last state to end slavery, it was the first to make Juneteenth and state holiday in 1980.

The Juneteenth holiday is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence or Black Independence Day because it is to African Americans what 4th of July is the White Americans.

Today, it is a celebration of Freedom & Resilience but also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done toward racial equity and equality.

Happy Juneteenth !!


Learn more through the following programs:

Virtual Speaker Series

American Heritage Merit Badge


Additional resources on African American History:

Black Heritage Trail – Boston, MA

Black Heritage Trail – New Hampshire

African American Heritage Trail – Washington, DC

Black Heritage Trail – Florida

Museum of African American History – Boston

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington, DC


BSA’s Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice

Dear Scouting family,

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.

There is no place for racism – not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.

We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all those who are not named but are equally important. We hear the anguish, feel the heartbreak and join the country’s resolve to do better.

The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter. This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address. That is why, as an organization, we commit to:

  1. Introducing a specific diversity and inclusion merit badge that will be required for the rank of Eagle Scout. It will build on components within existing merit badges, including the American Cultures and Citizenship in the Community merit badges, which require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures to increase understanding and spur positive action.
  2. Reviewing every element of our programs to ensure diversity and inclusion are ingrained at every level for participants and volunteers by applying a standard that promotes racial equality and denounces racism, discrimination, inequality and injustice.
  3. Requiring diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting July 1 and taking immediate action toward introducing a version for volunteers in the coming months.
  4. Conducting a review of property names, events and insignia, in partnership with local councils, to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on use of the Confederate flag and to ensure that symbols of oppression are not in use today or in the future.

These are our next steps but certainly not our last.

We will also continue to listen more, learn more and do more to promote a culture in which every person feels that they belong, are respected, and are valued in Scouting, in their community, and across America.

As a movement, we are committed to working together with our employees, volunteers, youth members, and communities so we can all become a better version of ourselves and continue to prepare young men and women to become the leaders of character our communities and our country need to heal and grow.

Yours in Scouting,

The Boy Scouts of America National Executive Committee

Dan Ownby                                        Roger Mosby                                     Scott Sorrels

National Chair                                   President and CEO                           National Commissioner


David Desai                                         Jack Furst                                            Skip Oppenheimer

Nathan Rosenberg                          Alison Schuler                                    Michael Sears

Thear Suzuki                                      Brad Tilden                                         Jim Turley



Board Statement on Racial Equality

Board Statement on Racial Equality & Introduction of the Summer of Global Citizenship

Over the past month, we have watched tragic events unfold in Georgia with Ahmaud Arbery, in Minnesota with George Floyd, in Florida with Tony McDade and in Kentucky with Breonna Taylor.  In the weeks that have followed, we have seen tributes, protests, sorrow, grief, frustration, and despair.  These are many of the same results and feelings that we have seen unfold with similar events witnessed for far too long.

During this time, communities of color and the African American community in particular have made calls for change that have largely gone unheard.  Many have been compelled to ask society whether or not they matter.

But this time, in a way that you may be able to feel like never before, it seems different. We stand in a place as a society that seems ready to make a lasting change as it relates to racial equality.  For change to happen we have to act.  Scouting has listened, reaffirmed its support for this part of our community by clearly stating that Black Lives Matter, and promised a series of actions to ingrain that statement more visibly in the program (see the BSA National Statement).

As a Scout Council we emphatically stand against all forms of discrimination, and can proudly demonstrate tangible progress in the area of diversity.  But we humbly admit it is not nearly enough, recognize a need to regularly challenge ourselves in this area, and be of a mindset to always strive to do more.

Stunned by the horrific final 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life and the aftershocks of that day, we asked ourselves what we could do locally and immediately to help make a difference. Our professional staff and Executive Board are united in providing “The Summer of Global Citizenship” with an aim of furthering the important discussions that need to take place.  This will include bringing subject matter experts to our Virtual Speaker series, hosting targeted Daily Digital Den meetings, and (as public health standards allow) in person activities at Base Camp.

While “Diversity and Inclusion” is not yet a merit badge (it is coming, per the BSA statement), the key components of those values have long been embedded in the fabric of our Scout curriculum.  “The Summer of Global Citizenship” shines a spotlight on the value that this curriculum brings in preparing our members to think critically, understand and value the perspective of others, and shape their personal behavior in regards to diversity and inclusion in a Scout-like manner.

Care is taken to offer program content that is appropriate to the various age groups we serve and offer parents insights on how the subject matter is relevant to goals stated above.

The Summer of Global Citizenship activities will be provided free of charge to the youth members of our Council to help ensure that economic disparities are not a barrier to developing these important skills. Registrations for certain program elements may be limited.  Merit badge program will be offered through June 26 exclusively to Spirit of Adventure Council Scouts before opening to others through our Base Camp Online program.

For more information on this program, please refer to our “Summer of Global Citizenship” webpage .

Volunteer Training

New England Base Camp is looking for someone just like you!

For the past 12 weeks, New England Base Camp has been the leader in the nation in regards to online program by offering unique advancement opportunities through Cub Scout Adventures, Scouts BSA Merit Badges, and NOVA and Supernova awards.  Every day we have had a virtual Speaker talking about STEM, business, hospitality, spiritual, social justice, and so much more.  Daily on facebook, you will find the Daily Den meeting with an activity that the whole family can do.

Our goal is to expand the program, both online and in person when that is allowed, to include an expanded programming.  We need your experience and expertise to make that happen. On Wednesday June 24th, we will be hosting the first of several virtual classes to all potential volunteers for Base Camp and Base Camp Online.

The training topics will include:

  • Methods of Teaching
  • Youth Protection
  • Procedures and Scoutbook
  • Classroom Management – both in-person and online classroom management
  • Inclusion Training

After completing the online training, you will be partnered with a member of the Base Camp staff to help with the practical experience of instructing a badge online or in person the first few times.

Sign up here if you are interested sharing your knowledge and talents at New England Base Camp and a New England Base Camp staff member will reach out to you and get you registered for the Training on June 24th.  If you are unable to attend the 24th, we will be holding additional trainings throughout the summer, but be sure to express your interest.

Fill out this form to volunteer


#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.