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CONGRATULATIONS TO...

PACK 14 AND PACK 65, SEYMOUR/OXFORD - This evening they participated in the Oxford Fall Kick Off. Check out their display, GOOD LUCK on recruitment tonight!

TROOP 55, SHELTON - Troop 55 recently went on a summer trip to the Lake George area of the Adirondacks. Five scouts and four leaders attended the six-day adventure. It was a busy week. An extreme treetop adventure course and ziplining, a tour of Fort William Henry which included a reenactment of the surrender of the fort by the British to the French. Troop 55 took a tour of Lake George on the Minnie Ha Ha, went spelunking at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, saw fireworks over the lake, went to Frankenstein's Wax Museum, and to end out the week spent a day at Great Adventure / Hurricane Harbor water park. But the highlight of the week was a 16-mile white water rafting trip on the Hudson River. During the week Scouts worked on their outdoor cooking and food safety skills, time management, teamwork skills, learned about the history of the area and had a great time.

Need more information on what is available for Scouts in Lake George contact Troop 55 Scoutmaster Ken McGovern

THANK YOU to all our units who contribute photos and stories for "CONGRATULATIONS TO..." This section of our newsletter continues because of your contributions. Continue to submit your stories and pictures of what your unit is doing. Add a contact email so other leaders can contact you, so they can do what you did in their unit.
SAFETY MOMENT - POISONOUS PLANTS

It’s a far-too-typical scene. You return from a weekend camping trip or outing, and late in the evening Saturday or Sunday—under that layer of dirt—you find a rash. Chances are, you’re one of the millions of Americans—many of them Scouts and Scouters—who are affected by poisonous plants each year. Almost all of us have heard “leaflets three, let it be.” Despite training to identify them on sight and efforts to avoid them, we all have stumbled through a patch of poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, or one of several other plants that can cause an uncomfortable itch, a rash, and perhaps blisters. Click Here to Read More...
Scouts and their parents expect all Boy Scouts of America activities to be conducted safely. To ensure the safety of participants, the Boy Scouts of America expects leaders to use the four points of SAFE when delivering the Scouting program.

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING RESOURCES
WILD WEBELOS WOODS
SEPTEMBER 24 -25, 2021

Is being held at Schreiber's Farm (571 Quaker Farms Rd, Oxford, CT 06401). It is an opportunity for Webelos youth, their parents and/or leaders to enjoy the outdoors, participate in Webelos-specific outdoor activities, have fun, and learn skills that will help them succeed when they cross over to Scouts BSA.

The goal of attending Webelos Weekend is:
1.   To have fun in the outdoors
2.   To learn new things.
3.   To give these Scouts BSA-In-Training the opportunity to see what it is like to attend a Boy Scout camporee. This will lessen their fears of attending a camporee. 

WHO IS WEBELOS WEEKEND FOR?
Webelos Weekend is for any boy or girl who is between 9 and 11 years old and who is working on his Webelos or Arrow of Light rank. Cub Scouts in Lions, Tigers, Wolves or Bears may participate as well, requirements will be adjusted as necessary.



IT'S TIME TO GET POPPING

Our Council Commissioner is excited about selling popcorn are you?

During the Fall is our annual popcorn campaign. Popcorn is a great way for your unit to earn funds to support your unit's program.

WHY sell? Popcorn sales help to provide a quality BSA program and experiences of a lifetime.

WHY involve families? To help parents understand ‘what’s in it for them’.

One way to encourage youth to sell more popcorn is what Cubmaster Mark Sims did and accepted a "Pie to the Face" from his highest selling youth members.

If you are interested in your unit selling popcorn please contact Carole Cafaro.

So what is your unit doing?
BOOTHE MEMORIAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY INVITES OUR UNITS TO JOIN THEM

The Boothe Memorial Astronomical society is interested in inviting scout groups to attend our regular meeting to participate in astronomical viewing events. At times there are additional viewing opportunities for special events, in which any group would be welcome.

If your scout group is interested in visiting us, we meet the first and third Friday of each month at 8:00 pm. We meet at the observatory at Booth Memorial park. 5800 Main street, Stratford Ct 06614.

View the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society Facebook page for additional information. If your scout group would be interested, contact johncleri@comcast.net  
BSA MEMBERSHIP FEE HAS INCREASED

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise, and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is
  • $72 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $45 for Exploring participants
  • $30 for council-paid memberships
  • $45 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee
The membership fees took effect August 1, 2021, for the 2021-2022 program year.
The one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts is still required; however, there is no joining fee for Exploring participants, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships, or adult volunteers. More...

Remember this is the National Membership fee. None of these fees stay with the Housatonic Council.
MASONIC EAGLE SCOUT COMMENDATION FORM

The Connecticut Masonic Eagle Scout Commendation recognizes the dedication of a scout to the pursuits of Scouting and the achievements leading to Eagle Scout. The Connecticut Grand Lodge & the Connecticut Masonic Scouters Association (CMSA) now offer Eagle Scouts a personal commendation certificate, suitable for framing, and a personal letter of congratulations from the Grand Master of Connecticut and the CMSA. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing. All commendation kits will be presented at the Scout’s Eagle Court of Honor by a Mason or at a Lodge Stated Communication.
HOUSATONIC COUNCIL RECOGNITION DINNER IS OCTOBER 21, 2021

The Annual Housatonic Council Recognition dinner recognizes our volunteers who have supported their units and the Housatonic Council. Join us to honor your unit's leaders and the following volunteers:

  • SILVER BEAVER
  • Patricia (Pat) Gajdosik

  • DISTRICT AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS
  • Mark Sims
  • Matt Decho
LOOK WHAT'S NEW AT THE COUNCIL ONLINE STORE

  • CAMP STRANG Patch, Series 2, Brown Border
  • 60th Anniversary Long-Sleeve T-Shirts (Limited Sizes)
  • 60th Anniversary Edmund D. Strang Reservation Patches
OTHER RELATED SCOUTING EVENTS AND BENEFITS FOR YOU...
CT Summer at the Museum
FREE Admission for Kids
July 1 - September 6

It’s time to explore! From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit the Connecticut Science Center free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plus, don't miss our current blockbuster traveling exhibition, Dinosaurs Around the World. Included with your General Admission.

Tickets should be reserved online in advance of your visit. This program covers the General Admission for CT Youth 18 and under and one adult. Additional adult tickets would need to be purchased. Add-on experiences like our Butterfly Encounter and Theater are sold separately. We will be closed on July 4.