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Changing the
Future of Camping

Submitted by Rob McLaughlin, 
NeXus Counselor-in-Training Co-Director

Everything is getting shaken up this summer at the Northern NeXus of Adventure including our new approach to Counselors-in-Training. All aspects of the Northern NeXus are being re-evaluated, including the CIT program that has been historically offered. Beginning this year, CIT’s at T.L. Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation will become more a part of the camp staff than ever before. Now 14 year-olds will have the opportunity to experience a full summer learning at camp by participating in all staff activities from Staff Week all the way through take down, at no cost to the CIT. Also as part of the new CIT experience, all participants in the program will attend the exclusive Staff Training and Growth Course (STAG) which will teach CIT’s leadership and team working skills through the Rare Adventures of T.L. Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca. The opportunities presented by the NeXus make this program unique in Boy Scouts.


To apply to be a participant in the STAG Course and a CIT this summer all you have to do is fill out this electronic application. There will be two participant information meetings (both starting at 7:00 PM):

  1. May 17th in Chelmsford, MA, at Trinity Lutheran Church (170 Old Westford Rd)
  2. May 19th at New England Base Camp (411 Unquity Rd. Milton, MA)

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to live the adventure at the Northern NeXus.

Read the entire blog HERE

Creating Engagement for
Scouting and Families

Submitted by Chuck Eaton,
Scout Executive and CEO

Somewhere along the way I realized I have to embrace the fact that I am a crusader. For all the good and the bad that term implies - I am not rational. I am irrationally dedicated to making Scouting Thrive. It is way more than my hashtag, or my job, it’s been my life’s mission. The short hand is that parents and kids of this generation deserve the same quality experiences of previous generations and we all need the benefits that come from raising a generation of character.

The crusade is to make Scouting Thrive – I am so excited about the future! Please save the date May 3rd 7PM at EDCO. Share this link and tell your friends. If you can’t attend – log in and watch it, ask questions and participate on line. Let’s work together to provide the council and the programs this generation of Scouts deserve! ‪#ScoutingTHRIVES

Participate NOW, by filling out this form and sharing with PARENTS and LEADERS in your UNIT.

Can’t attend in person – please participate on the 3rd from your computer via live stream (the event will also be archived). Thanks to the Key Foundation for providing the internet broadcasting technology!

Read the entire blog HERE

Summer Camping
Discounts End May 15th

Summer camp is a great time of personal growth and discovery for Cub Scouts. The activities and experiences they participate in not only are fun and educational, but help to instill the values of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

Scouts get to make new friends, explore camp and become more independent, it is a lot of growing in a week!

Check out our day and overnight programs HERE

Sign up by May 15th and save $25!

Not Your Average
Boy Scout Training 

The Old Colony Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to partner with Scouts for Equality to offer three exciting trainings in April.  Whether you are new to Scouting or have been on the camp trails for years, these topics are not new, however, we often do not take the time to discuss them formally and prepare ourselves for how to handle the challenging situations that may arise with our Scouts, families, our chartered partners and the community.
These trainings will be conducted by volunteers from around New England under the guidance of Scouts for Equality’s Executive Director, Justin Wilson (Eagle Scout and former BSA Professional.)

Saturday April 30th
Bass Pro Shop- Conservation Room
Patriot Place, 1 Bass Pro Drive
Foxboro, MA 02035

Do I Need to Register? YES!
We have limited space available at this venue. Please click the link for the course titleto register online. 
Should these courses sell out, we will work hard to offer this series of trainings on a second date later in the year.

Creating Welcoming Environments for All BSA Members (9-10 am)
Discussion Forum on Youth and the Coming Out Process (10:30-11:30 am)
"Youth Protection Plus" - Anti-Bullying Training (1-2:30 pm)

March Edition of
Northern NeXus Magazine

Be sure to check out all the latest photos, articles, and profiles in the March edition of Northern NeXus Magazine!

National Jamboree 2017

The National Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for any Scout to attend. Scouts will travel to The Summit in West Virginia during the summer of 2017 and go on some of the best Scouting ziplines, mountain biking tracks and aquatics programs in the country. Check out all that the Summit has to offer here
For more information about this opportunity please contact Ron Fuller or for payment and registration information please go HERE.

Philmont 2017

Are you ready for the Scouting adventure on a lifetime? Registration is now opening for Philmont 2017.

Spirit of Adventure Council’s contingent will be embarking on an unforgettable 12-day excursion from 7/23/17-8/4/17. For more information about this program please contact Samuel Plouffe.

Space is limited and a $100 deposit is due by May 1st. Reserve your spot HERE. For more information about the exciting programs offered at Philmont please check out this guide.

Limited Edition
Council Patch Deadline

If you haven't ordered it yet, get together with the other Packs, Troops, and Crews in your town to make sure you get the inaugural year edition of or shoulder patch for your uniform!

Deadline to order is Friday, April 29th.

3rd Annual
Boy Scout Memorabilia Show

On Saturday May 7th the Spirit of Adventure Council's National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee would like to invite you to New England Base Camp in Milton from 9am-2pm.

Admission is FREE. Concessions are available.

We will be holding a Silent Auction at 1:00 PM where you can also bid on memorabilia. Proceeds from the Auction will benefit the SOAC NESA Committee Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund.

To Donate Items through Steve Burrill:

  • EMAIL or
  • Call 978-239-8967
Vendor tables are still available for $20 each.   


Spirit of Adventure Council

Contact Us

Our Scout Representatives are happy to meet with Your Unit to help develop your annual plan and get the most out of the council resources. Click HERE to set up a meeting!



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