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Type 2 Adventures

Submitted by Sue Ellen Briggs, Flintlock District Chair

Scouting provides wonderful ways to have fun in the outdoors. I would say that there are two types of experiences. The first kind is picture perfect; smiling scouts under sunny skies. The second type is the activity that is better talked about after the fact than it was during the event.
I had the privilege of being an adult leader on one of those type 2 activities. My son and his patrol spent a sunny day on the beach at summer camp lashing together a raft using Styrofoam and pvc pipe. Their raft was ready for launch after lunch. They loaded minimal supplies and paddled off to a not too distant shore to prepare for a night in the woods. They spent the afternoon building shelters. Anyone who has done this knows it is pretty difficult. They compared their techniques. …
I arrived at the site on foot with everything I would need for an overnight. I setup my tent in a clearing not too far from a fire ring.
After dinner, thunder could be heard in the distance. We settled into our shelters for the night. Then the rain started. It was a soft summer rain. One by one the scouts abandoned their “shelter” and congregated around the fire ring complaining about the quality of their shelter and their lack of supplies. Then a scout suggested that they ask me to take them back to the Troop and their dry tents. The reaction of the rest of the scouts was amazing. They stopped complaining about what they didn’t have and talked about what they did have. They got to work creating a fire. They talked about the rain not being that heavy and reminisced about worse weather. In the early morning hours the rain stopped and we got a little sleep.
As a parent I do want to protect my children, and scouts in my care. I would have packed up and taken the scouts to their dry tents if they had asked. With devices keeping parents and children connected it is easy for parents to assist a child with the smallest of obstacle, limiting the opportunities for children to build self efficacy by figuring out their own solutions. Because these scouts decided to stay they each earned the Wilderness Survival merit badge. In the morning they triumphantly paddled their raft to the beach. As an observer I left with hope for these young men in the future. In each life a little rain will fall. When it does these guys will not give up or just endure, they know how to lift spirits and provide comfort in those times.

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American Cultures Program Launch
Please join us on Sunday, October 29th,
at New England Base Camp's Camp Sayre in Milton, MA

University of Scouting 2016

Join us Saturday, Nov. 12th in Andover, MA, for this exciting day to learn more about Scouting and how to make it come alive! Discover how to implement a host of new tools and techniques that other Scout leaders are using successfully to enhance their programs, and simplify the administrative process. Specifically, learn about ScoutBook, how you can get PR in the local paper more often, the Adventure Card and how to better utilize Base Camps and satellite locations. 

In addition to the new innovations – learn from the experts all the tried and true traditional skills.

  • Brand-new Cub Scout leaders this is the place for you! Learn the best songs, crafts, and activities for the boys in your pack or den.
  • Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers - don't miss this exciting and helpful day. Learn from those who already walked in your shoes.
11/12: University of Scouting 2016
Staff Still Needed - Apply HERE

National Jamboree 2017

During July of next summer 160 scouts and scouters will represent the Spirit of Adventure Council at the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia and there is still time for you to become a part of this adventure. 

You will be able to camp with 35,000 other Scouts from all over the world for a 9 day mountain top experience as well as live Scouting like you never have.  Along the way you will visit Scout camps, tour Washington D.C., and relax for a day at a water park. 

Monthly troop meetings will start soon so don't miss this great opportunity for Scouting as you have never experienced it. Join in on that Spirit of Adventure. When the contingent is full at 160 scouts and Scouters, it is full. 

For further info or to register go to or contact Ron Fuller, council contingent coordinator at  See you at the Summit!

Fund an Adventure for your Pack, Troop, Crew, or Post with the
"one-and-done" annual Trails End Popcorn Sale. 
Questions about Popcorn? Visit us HERE

Connecting Families with
Outdoor Fun and Adventure

Visit our webpage for details about how you will benefit!
Announcing 2017 Winter and Spring
Locations, Dates, and Camp Weeks!

  • Chelmsford:
    • Jan 21st- All Den Levels
    • Feb 4th- All Den Levels
    • April 22- Tigers and Wolves
    • May 6th- Bears
    • May 20th- Bears
    • June 3rd- Webelos
  •  Wakefield:
    • April 1st- Webelos
    • April 23rd- Webelos
    • May 7th- Bears
    • May 21st- Wolves
    • June 4th- Wolves and Tigers
  •  Gloucester
    • May 13th – All Den Levels
  •  Boxford
    • June 4th-  Tigers and Wolves
    • June 11th- Bears and Webelos
  •  Needham
    • May 28th - Lions
  • Lone Tree Scout Reservation: Jan 7th & 14th, Feb 4th & 11th
    • BIG Cub Scout Day: Jan 14th
    • Winter Camp: Feb 19-24
  • Camp Sayre: EVERY Saturday in January and February
    • BIG Cub Scout Day: Feb 4th
    • Winter Camp: Feb 20-24
    • Venturing Klondike: Feb 25th
(Registration opens for all these dates soon!)

For questions, information, or a session with your unit leadership, please contact:

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!



Around the Spirit of Adventure

New England Base Camp

CLICK HERE To register for Satellite Location Programs Listed Below
Camp Sayre in Milton is open every Saturday from 9/10 - 11/26!
  • 10/23: Saugus Programming (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)
  • 10/28: Lone Tree Activity Programming
  • 10/30: Andover Programming (Tigers, Wolves, and Webelos)
  • 10/30: Saugus Programming (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)
  • 11/5: Concord Programming (Bears and Webelos)
  • 11/5: Lone Tree Activity Programming
  • 11/6: Concord Programming (Bears and Webelos)
  • 11/6: Manchester-by-the-Sea Programming (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)
  • 11/6: Saugus Programming (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)
  • 11/8: Manchester-by-the-Sea Programming (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)
  • 11/12: Wakefield Programming (Wolves and Webelos)
  • 11/13: Andover Programming (Tigers, Wolves, and Webelos)
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