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SAFETY MOMENT - FOOD ALLERGIES

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), one in every 13 children has a food allergy. Every 3 minutes, a food-allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. And while the responsibility for management of a food allergy lies with the individual or the individual’s parent or guardian, all of us need to be ready to assist in preventing — or helping in response to — a reaction.

A food-allergy reaction happens when the immune system overreacts to a food protein. A reaction can range from mild to severe. In the U.S., the most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish and sesame seeds. However, any food might cause an allergic response, and many people are allergic to more than one food. Also, initial food-allergy reactions can occur at any time.

A food allergy should not be confused with a food intolerance. An intolerance is when someone cannot digest a component of a food, such as lactose, a sugar found in milk. An intolerance may cause abdominal cramping or diarrhea but is not life-threatening.

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.

THE HOUSATONIC COUNCIL KLONDIKE DERBY
JANUARY 15, 2022
AT OSBORNEDALE STATE PARK

For many years, the Housatonic Council has held an annual winter Council‑wide Extravaganza for all Scout Troops. The title of “Klondike Derby” suggests cold weather, snow covered hills and large groups of hardy, well prepared Scouts, and adults out for a day of Unusual Scouting Challenges.
 
This year will be no exception. Scouts from all over our Council will once again rendezvous with sledges and komatiks to compete by patrol, of at least four members, for top honors and super prizes in this day‑long event.
TRINITY SOLAR CAN ASSIST YOUR UNIT

The Housatonic Council has a partnership with Trinity Solar and it can help the families, scouts and your troop.

Trinity Solar has offered to contribute:


  • A consultation is a meeting with the homeowner and a solar pro that will explain how it all works, what the savings will be and see if the home qualifies for the no cost program. The $100 is earned whether they go solar or not.  

  • $1000 to the Council for every installation that they get from your efforts.  
  • $ 500 of that will be deposited directly into your troop/unit account.  
  • $ 500 will be used for operating costs and to go back into supporting the scouts. 
MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING RESOURCES

HOUSATONIC COUNCIL'S HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The Housatonic Council will be taking some time this holiday season to spend with our families and the Council Service Center will be closed.

The Housatonic Council will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, December 24, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022 for Christmas and New Year's Day.

We want to wish everyone a HAPPY and HEALTHY Holiday Season.
HONOR YOUR VOLUNTEERS WITH COUNCIL AWARDS IN 2022

As we prepare for 2022 Please submit applications for the following Council Level Awards. They will be due to the Council Service Center by FEBRUARY 15, 2021. The 2022 Council Recognition Dinner will be held in April of 2022.





THE HOUSATONIC COUNCIL ONLINE STORE

  • PATCHES AVAILABLE
  • 60th Camp Strang Anniversary Patch
  • Order of the Arrow "Gone Home Patch"
  • Previous Friends of Scouting Patches
  • Past Activity Patches
  • And other items
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OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE AT MYSTIC AQUARIUM

Please contact the Council Office for additional information.

Below is additional information on the program but please feel free to reach out to us at educationinfo@mysticaquarium.org or 860-572-5955 ext. 431 at any time with questions.


MAKING A RESERVATION, PAYMENT and CANCELLATION:

The flat fee for this event is $5,000. Your group will purchase an entire overnight that accommodates up to 60 people.

To book your event, please visit us online at https://www.mysticaquarium.org/learn/overnights/ or call 860-572-5955 ext. 431.

We do require a $500.00 deposit at the time of booking. Once the deposit has been paid and confirmed, you will receive an email from the Education & Conservation team with detailed information regarding the program, final payment due date, and a roster template.

Your final payment will be due either 3 weeks after you have booked the event or 3 weeks prior to the date of the event, whichever comes first. The final payment of $4,500.00 may be paid by check or with credit card but please note one final payment is required.