Spirit of Adventure Council

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Spirit of Adventure Council
Headquarters Woburn, MA
Location Greater Boston Area
Country United States
Founded July 1, 2015
Founders Boston Minuteman Council and Yankee Clipper Council
Membership 18,000+
Scout Executive Chuck Eaton

The Spirit of Adventure Council is a regional council of the Boy Scouts of America. It serves the greater Boston, Massachusetts area.


The Yankee Clipper Council and Boston Minuteman Council merged on July 1, 2015. As part of this merger, New Hampshire towns of the former Yankee Clipper Council were transferred to Daniel Webster Council headquartered in Manchester.

Boston Minuteman Council[edit]

In 1993, the Boston Minuteman Council #227 was formed from the merger of:[1]

  • Minuteman Council #240 (Stoneham, 1959–1993)
  • Greater Boston Council #227 (Boston, 1980–1993)

In 1959, the Minuteman Council (Stoneham, 1959–1993) was formed from a merger of:[1]

  • Sachem Council #223 (Lexington, 1926–1959)
  • Fellsland Council #242 (Winchester, 1932–1959)
  • Quannopowitt Council #240 (Malden, 1993-1959)

The Cambridge Council #229 (Cambridge, 1919–2001) and their Kahagon Order of the Arrow Lodge #131 were merged into the Boston Minuteman Council in 2001.[1]

Yankee Clipper Council #236[edit]

The council was formed from a merger of the North Essex Council, North Bay Council, and Lone Tree Council in 1993. The Greater Lowell Council merged with Yankee Clipper in 2000, choosing it over three adjacent councils. The Greater Lowell District formed the fifth spoke on the ship's wheel totem of the YCC council strip. The council operated two camps in its final years: Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation, a Boy Scout camp, and Lone Tree Scout Reservation for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, after selling Camp Onway in 2007.


Egan Center

The council is divided into the following districts:


Pool at NEBC
New England Base Camp Pool

It has several camps:

Pennacook Lodge, Order of the Arrow[edit]

Pennacook Lodge[9] is the Order of the Arrow lodge chartered to the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America. Established January 1, 2016, it was formed as a result of the merger between its two predecessor lodges: Moswetuset Lodge (Boston Minuteman Council) and Nanepashemet Lodge (Yankee Clipper Council).

The leadership structure of Pennacook Lodge follows "The Pennacook Plan". This plan breaks the lodge into various blocks (similar to departments in a retail store) and committees. The purpose of this plan is twofold: to divide the lodge into several parts to maximize our capabilities as a program, and to maximize opportunities for both youth and adults to get involved in the lodge.

As prescribed by the National Order of the Arrow Committee, all youth members are under the age of 21. Adults are 21+. Those who are 18–20 years of age are considered youth members for the purpose of voting in lodge business only. Otherwise, they are considered adults in the BSA program and must adhere to all BSA policies and standards just like any other adult in the program.

The mission of this Order of the Arrow Lodge is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America and the Spirit of Adventure Council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

As part of Scouting's National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

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