May 5, 2023

National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Each week between now and the Eagle Recognition Dinner, we will profile one of the NOESA recipients. This week we are recognizing Dan Kennedy.

Dan Kennedy is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator. Before coming to Northeastern in 2005, he worked as a reporter at The Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn, Mass., and, later, as the media columnist at The Boston Phoenix.


He is the author of four books; his most recent, co-written with retired Boston Globe editorial page editor Ellen Clegg, is titled What Works in Community News, and will be published by Beacon Press in 2024. He was also a panelist on the award-winning media program Beat the Press, on WGBH-TV (Channel 2), from 1998 to 2021. Kennedy is a leader in efforts to respond to the crisis in local news, and in 2019 he received the Yankee Quill Award, which recognizes a lifetime contribution toward excellence in journalism in New England.

Kennedy was a member of Boy Scout Troop 39 in Middleborough, Mass., where he earned his Eagle in 1971, and served as an adult leader in Cub Scout Pack 114 and Boy Scout Troop 16 in Danvers, Mass., including a stint as scoutmaster. He credits scouting with instilling a lifelong passion for the outdoors, and he has hiked to the summits of all 48 Four Thousand Footers in New Hampshire, starting in 1968 and finishing in 2007. His wife, Barbara Kennedy, was a Girl Scout leader, and their two adult children both earned scouting’s highest achievements: Tim Kennedy is an Eagle Scout and Becky Kennedy earned the Gold Award. Dan and Barbara live in Medford, Mass.

Program Kickoffs

  • May 11 – Sons of Liberty District - First Baptist Church, Arlington
  • June 1 – Great Eastern District - Second Congregational Church, Beverly
  • June 12 – Northern Light District - Groveland Cong Church, Groveland
  • June 14 – Flintlock District - Bedford American Legion, Bedford
  • Great Blue Hill District – TBD 

Spring Recruiting

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Summer Camp Staff & Volunteers Wanted

To apply to be a volunteer for one of our day camps in Topsfield, Lexington or Chelmsford, CLICK HERE. To apply to be on staff at New England Base Camp, CLICK HERE.

Agriculture Trek at TLS - Weekend

Description: TL Storer will be hosting a select group of youth aged 13-17 for a full immersion Agriculture Trek. Participants will be working on a cattle ranch during the day. This is a hands on program and you will get dirty as you learn about Animal Science, Farm Mechanics, Regenerative Agriculture, Setting a Fence line, Rotational Grazing and so much more.

Upcoming Dates: 2 Weekend session - May 19th to May 21st & June 2nd to June 4th Please select the first weekend dates. You will automatically be enrolled in both weekends.

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Brick Campaign

Do you have a child who has recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout? Or maybe you have a great Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or other volunteer who has made an impact in your child's life.

Honor them by participating in our Brick Campaign. Bricks can have lettering up to 2 lines and are installed at New England Base Camp's pavillion.

Purchase a Brick

Council Recognition Dinner-Save the Date

To be held on June 15, 2023 at 7pm. To be held at Crown Plaza Woburn. We will recognize this year's Silver Beaver recipients.

New Youth Protection Suspension Policy

The Spirit of Adventure Council and the Boy Scouts of America place the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.


Effective June 1st, registered adults that have their Youth Protection Training (YPT) expire, will have their membership suspended. With the suspension, adults are prohibited to participate in any scout meetings or activities until they renew their YPT. Once the YPT is renewed, the adult with be reinstated. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Calendar of Events


5/15 - Scouting Heritage Merit Badge Online

5/16 - Personal Fitness Merit Badge Online

5/20 - Weather Merit Badge - Woburn, MA

5/22 - Collections Merit Badge Online

5/22 - Game Design Merit Badge Online

5/23 - Dog Care Merit Badge Online

5/30 - Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Online

5/30 - Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Online

6/1 - American Heritage Merit Badge Online

6/3 - Textile Merit Badge - Woburn, MA

6/6 - First Aid Merit Badge Online

6/6 - Fire Safety Merit Badge Online

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