March 2021
PACK 14, OXFORD - Pack 14 wishes to thank the scouts of Troop 65 for leading an awesome Klondike event for our Lions thru Arrow of Light. Scouts taught winter First Aid, ice rescue techniques, cold weather shelter construction and fire building. The event was outside at Pack 14's charter org Christ Church in Oxford, CT. It was inspiring to watch the older scouts helping the younger ones learn and achieve. A great big THANK YOU! to our friends at Troop 65 and Pack 14 Tiger Den Leader Ara Burlinson for coordinating this event.

PACK 65, SEYMOUR/OXFORD - At their den meeting on Saturday March 6. They began with cleaning up the area they have been using since the pandemic started and finished with a flag retirement ceremony.

PACK 25, SHELTON - Held a hike on Saturday, March 13, at Webb Mountain Park. The pack met at the parking lot and began with a Pack Meeting and then hike with a break at Campsite #2.

TROOP 3, DERBY – Has been with families participating in a Scout Sunday service online via Zoom with Fr. Christopher Tiano, at St. Mary Church, Derby. Senior Patrol Leader Alex Robertson also gave a "Scouting year in Review" update to the members of Troop 3's sponsoring organization, the Derby 2nd Congregational Church.

Troop 3 patrols held hikes on the Ansonia and Derby Riverwalks, Shelton Lakes Trails and Ansonia Nature Center. The February "Scouting at Home" challenge involved patrol competitions in drawing, snow fort building and snowman building.

Scouts participated in an online University of Scouting merit badge program held by the Sagamore Council. Troop 3 weekly Zoom meetings included working on the following merit badges: Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Sustainability, Scouting Heritage, Photography and Personal Management.

The March theme was "Blue Collar Jobs" and included presentations and discussions with professionals in firefighting, carpentry, ironwork and police. The Scouts completed a birdhouse building challenge, which they displayed at an in-person meeting on March 24. The more than 20 birdhouses to be installed at three local parks in the Valley. Each patrol held their own tent camping weekend.

March concluded with a troop Court of Honor and Summer Camp promotion night. One Webelos joined the Troop from Pack 3. Families of Troop 3 donated and pledged a total of $5,710 for the annual Friends of Scouting campaign.

TROOP 25B & 25G, SHELTON - Showed that even on a rainy day you can still have fun. They took a trip to Jordan's It Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven, CT

TROOP 25 B, SHELTON - Three scouts from Troop 25 began cooking merit badge. They had originally planned to go camping but due to the anticipated rainstorms the unit canceled. The youth still wanted to cook. The leadership got together and made it happen for their youth at the church. During the weekend of March 19 -21, Scouts headed to a camping trip at Camp Strang and took turns cooking a meal for all in attendance including Arrow of Light Webelos. During the weekend, the Scouts tried to go fishing but the lake still was frozen over.

TROOP 25G, SHELTON - Troop 25G participated in the "Pirate Series (10) letterboxing. The scouts had a great time collecting the different pirate theme stamps. During the four-mile course they were able to find 9 out of 10. The last one is super hard. The event used all their skills and training to find the boxes. A lot of compass coordinates, they had so much fun they are already talking about the next hike to find more!!! A few days later we received a follow-up email that Troop 25G had found the 10th stamp.

TROOP 28, SHELTON - Held a mini–Klondike Derby at the Scout Hut behind Mohegan School. The troop's three patrols and two webelos dens competed in 10 different stations ranging from fire building and compass points to a sled race and first aid. Fifty youth participated, it was a great day.

TROOP 65, SEYMOUR/OXFORD - Troop 65 at their recent in-person meeting were preparing for their upcoming socially distanced overnight trip at Camp Strang.
On March 31, the Housatonic Council held an informational Estate Planning Seminar. The seminar was organized by our Vice President of Endowment, Kendra Hoyt of Ion Bank and our presenter was the Honorable Fred J. Anthony, State of Connecticut, Probate Judge, District of Shelton.

The topics for the evening included Introduction to Estate Planning, Implication of Tax Law Changes, Probate- What Is It and Can It be Avoided?, Living Trusts, Inheritance Planning for Heirs.

Lots of information was shared with the participants on how to create a plan for your families future.

If you are interested in participating in upcoming seminars contact John Zseller.

The Council Alumni and Friends of Camp Strang Committee held an online event to raise funding for the replacement of the current 30-year old asphalt roof on the Training Center with a metal roof. The event raised over $45,000. The Housatonic Council is moving forward with this project, look for further updates to come.

Additional funds raised will be used for additional upgrades and repairs to the Training Center. The Council alumni has also started a campaign to purchase new tents for our resident summer camp. If you would like to support either fund click on the buttons below.

Would you prefer sweat equity? Join us on April 17, 2021 at 9:00 AM. We will have our first Camp Preparation Day. Contact John Zseller, Scout Executive.
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