July 2021
IN THIS ISSUE...
  • A REPORT ON HOUSATONIC COUNCIL SUMMER CAMP
  • HOW ARE UNITS SERVING OUR YOUTH?
  • LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FALL
  • TWO EVENTS SUPPORT SCOUTING
  • HOUSATONIC COUNCIL STORE
  • YOU TO CAN SUPPORT THE HOUSATONIC COUNCIL
A REPORT ON HOUSATONIC COUNCIL SUMMER CAMP

In the summer of 2021, our youth returned to the outdoors programs provided by the Housatonic Council. Youth of all ages enjoyed our 60th year of operation at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation (Camp Strang). Housatonic Council Cub Scout Day Camp returned for two weeks at the Huntington Chapel in Shelton and a third week at Camp Strang.

CAMP STRANG – The summer of 2021 will be remembered for our 60th Anniversary and all the RAIN! While every camper prepares and realizes that there will be rain at camp, in 2021 there was a lot of rain. Ok enough complaining. The youth and staff that experienced the 2021 summer camp had wonderful experiences using the Slip-n-Slide, the Blob, and earning merit badges. 

Camp Strang also received some upgrades with a new metal roof on the Training Center, the Memorial Garden being prepared with a planned unveiling in 2022, and a new garage door on the. Volunteers, staff, and youth lent their expertise as program was provided for over 200 youth during this four-week summer.

HOUSATONIC COUNCIL CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP – was held at the Huntington Chapel in Shelton, and the 2021 theme was Weird Science. Over thirty youth each week were able to enjoy a summer Cub Scout program. As always camp had guest speakers and this year was no exception with Shelton K-9-unit, Echo Ambulance Corps, and a visit from Christine’s Critters. We also had field trips to the CT Science Museum, and to Camp Strang.

It was a busy summer for our youth, and we are already working on preparing for 2022.
WHAT ARE OUR UNITS DOING?

PACK 14, OXFORD - In July, Pack 14 held a rocket build and launch event for all scouts and siblings. Over 15 youth (scouts and siblings) and several adults participate. 20 rockets were launched in all.
 
PACK 14 AND PACK 65, SEYMOUR/OXFORD - Participated in the Oxford Fall Kick Off. Check out their display.
 
PACK 25, SHELTON - Continued working on their Pack Summertime Award and went to their Cubmaster's house to watch a movie in his backyard. Weather was muggy and they had a short shower just before starting, but don't worry there was enough snacks and movie popcorn for everyone.
 
PACK 51, ANSONIA - Recently completed a clean-up evening at the Ansonia Nature Center.
 
TROOP 28, SHELTON - On Sunday July 25th held a celebration at the Jones Family Farm Winery to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of the troop. Over 100 current and past members attended the event where over 25 Eagle scouts reaffirmed their Eagle Scout Oath. Mayor Mark Lauretti as well as other members of the community attended. There were several displays of photographs of previous troop events as well as patches and original Troop equipment.
 
TROOP 55, SHELTON - Troop 55 recently went on a summer trip to the Lake George area of the Adirondacks. The unit went to 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.
TWO FUNDRAISING EVENTS TO SUPPORT THE HOUSATONIC COUNCIL
10th ANNUAL CLAY SHOOT

On August 7th, 2021, the Housatonic Council held its 10th Annual Clay Shoot at the Wallingford Rod and Gun Club. Each year the event includes a fun round of 100 shooing clays and then an auction, key game, ‘wall of guns”, and other games. One hundred and twenty people participated in this annual event. The event raised $30,000 in support of our Scouting programs in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. 

We look forward to our 11th Annual Clay Shoot to be held on May 7, 2021.
ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

On August 30th, 2021, the Housatonic Council held its Annual Golf Outing at the Race Brook Country Club. This event is held in conjunction with the Connecticut Yankees Council to support all youth involved in the Boy Scouts of America in our area. The event is a fun round of golf with games, prizes, and includes prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, and whack-a-duck (don’t worry we use rubber ducks). You may not be the best golfer, but it is a fun way to support Scouting.
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Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America | 203-734-3329 | john.zseller@scouting.org | www.housatonicbsa.org