IN THIS ISSUE
MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE, ALL ADULTS ARE INVITED
SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ROUNDTABLE?
There are two main purposes of Roundtable:
  1. Provide the skill to do—skills, techniques, information, program ideas—the know-how that makes for successful unit operation.
  2. Provide leaders with the will to do

WHAT DO I GET OUT OF ROUNDTABLE?
  • Fun
  • Information for your leaders and your unit
  • Networking
  • Sharing of program ideas and leadership experiences

Roundtable will inspire, motivate, and enable you to provide a stronger program for your unit.

OUR NEXT ROUNDTABLE will be on September 13, 2021 beginning at 7:00 PM.

Topics will include:
  • Wild Webelos Woods, its for all Cubs!
  • Fall Camporee
  • Getting your Scout Families on Scoutbook
  • Changes to Age Appropriate Guidelines
  • Cyber Chip
  • Financing Your Unit
  • Popcorn

Roundtable is conducted as a Hybrid meeting, you have two options

In-Person at the Council Service Center, 111 New Haven Avenue (Bradley Pond Professional Center), Derby, CT, or if you prefer stay home and participate via Zoom.
SAFETY MOMENT - BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD, REVIEW THIS SCOUTING TRANSPORTATION CHECKLIST

When you’re planning a road trip, you likely have a checklist.
Map? Check. Vehicle in good shape? Check. Snacks? Check.
When you’re planning a road trip for your Scouting unit, you should add another checklist to review before you leave.
Use the SAFE Transportation Checklist and Pre-Trip Inspection in your plans. These lists are designed to help you manage the risks associated with transporting Scouts.

What to review

Staying safe doesn’t start when you reach your meeting place or campsite; staying safe is what we do in all of Scouting. Driving requires safety attention as it can be very dangerous. See the Transporting Scouts Safety Moment here.
Here are some areas to focus on when transporting Scouts...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.

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.
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

  • UNIT PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
LOOK WHAT'S NEW AT THE COUNCIL ONLINE STORE

  • CAMP STRANG Patch, Series 2, Brown Border
  • 60th Anniversary Edmund D. Strang Reservation Patches
OTHER RELATED SCOUTING EVENTS AND BENEFITS FOR YOU...