Saturday Open Programs

New England Base Camp in Milton

Open to the Public!

Check out our program dates HERE.

From 10:00am- 5:00pm the campground is open for exploring. Come and give archery a try and then head over to the axe yard to learn to chop/split and plane a log. Be sure to save some time to go swimming, try rock climbing, throw a tomahawk, test your skills at outdoor cooking and dig up a dinosaur.

At Base Camp in Milton, Scouts will have the equipment and resources to complete requirements that say “Do” or "Demonstrate." Leaders and parents can administer programs by following a pathway or working from their handbook on a specific advancement. Be sure to bring your Scout Book app so you can receive credit for your successes immediately!

In-person Merit Badge Sessions Now Available!

Click on your desired badge to register. All classes are $25 per person and space is limited.


Social Distancing 101 - Saturday, January 23 - 9am-12pm

Camping Merit Badge - Saturday, February 13 - 9am-12pm

Snow Sports Merit Badge - Saturday, February 20 - 10am-5pm

Pottery Merit Badge - Saturday, February 27 - 8am-1pm

Photography Merit Badge - Saturday, March 6 - 10am-1pm

Diversity & Inclusion Merit Badge - Saturday, March 13 - 9am-2pm

First Aid Merit Badge - Saturday, March 20 - 10am-1pm

Communication Merit Badge - Saturday, March 27 - 10am-2pm

Open Program

Follow your own path and explore the campgrounds. Activities and areas are listed below.


Leaders, Parents, and Counselors can work with Scouts on specific Adventures or Merit Badges.


Use one of our fun Outdoor Activity Pathways that will lead you throughout the camp while doing themed-activities. You can even fulfill advancement or training requirements on the way.

Outdoor Activities

  • Rock climbing
  • Archery
  • BB Shooting
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Ropes Course
  • Axe Yard/ Wood Tools
  • Monkey bridges
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Tomahawks

Indoor Activities

  • Swimming
  • STEM Center- Ecology
  • 3-D printer
  • Game room with Oversized chess & 3D dinosaur puzzles
  • Indoor bouldering program
  • Music Room
  • Augmented Reality Sand Box *NEW*
  • Robotics Room *NEW*
  • Animation Lab *NEW*

Winter Activities:

  • Sledding
  • Ice skating
  • Ice climbing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Winter wilderness survival
  • Winter cooking (can be inside)
  • Axe Yard (weather permitting)
  • Scout Skills (weather permitting)

Unique Specialty Programs

Add a High Adventure Program

Advanced Rock Climbing 

Our Advanced Climbing Instructors have several climbs set up for you and your skill level. Trained adult spotters and belayers will assist you in climbing and rappelling the rock with harnesses and helmets. Base Camp has all the equipment ready to help you create unforgettable memories with you and your group.


Canoeing Trek

The canoe trek is a 2.25 mi trip out, down the Neponset River to Pope John Paul park, accompanied by a Base Camp guide. Stopping for a picnic lunch, paddlers will learn about the Neponset Estuary and the unique ecosystem it creates. Fun and learning await before the group canoes back and returns to Milton. Includes all equipment, lunch on Saturday, and 1/2 day wristbands. All canoe treks are only available through Base Camp!

High Ropes Course

Come with a group or partner and go on our high ropes course. Teamwork and communication are necessity when you are crossing the “Jellyfish” forty feet in the air and need the help of your friends to succeed. Get an aerial tour of Base Camp while pushing your limits and developing valuable skills working as a team. Includes all COPE equipment and 1/2 day wristbands.

Ice Climbing/ Mountaineering

In the winter, Base Camp is the only place in the greater Boston Area that has Ice Climbing. In this exhilarating activity, you will have ice boots, crampons and ice axes at your disposal to accomplish one objective- climbing a sheet of ice.


Throughout the campsite section of the property you’ll enjoy great camping and hiking. Campers can rent Cabins, Shelters & Campsites.


Leave the cooking to us! You can book breakfast, lunch, or dinner for your stay through our dining hall, Hayden Lodge. Pre-order food now!

Special for Scouts!


New England Base camp is Powered by Scouting – and ScoutBook fuels the engine. Be sure to bring your Scout Book App with you to camp. Our weekend staff is certified and can sign off on countless merit badges, rank advancements, and Cub Scout adventures. The Camp is fully loaded with a strong wifi signal and with a Scout Shop on the premises, and if the Scout leader approves, the unit can even print the advancement report and buy the patches in the shop that same day! PLEASE NOTE: Spirit of Adventure pays for its Scouts to have the Scout Book App as part of their adventure card.

Scout Leader Training

Are you new to Scouting? You just raised your hand to be a Den Leader or a Scoutmaster and don't know where to begin?

Bring the scouts and their families to Base Camp for an afternoon! It's free with your Adventure Card! While you are there, the boys can work on badges and you'll participate side by side and walk away with your adult badge for training! It's simple - while he has fun measuring, preparing and cooking his meal, you simultaneously learn how to manage a meal for a group of scouts.

BALOO Training and IOLS Training available every week at Open Program in Milton!

Any questions about registrations or reservations, please call: 617-615-0004