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September 9, 2011

In This Edition
Get Pumped for Popcorn at Kickoff
$10 Tickets for Sound Tigers Game
Scout Day at Lime Rock
Deer Lake Major Work Party
Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner & Auction
Are you SCOUTStrong?
Catholic Scouting Retreat
Red Ribbon Week Patch Initiative
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
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We hope that all our Scouting families fared well during the storm and from the stories we have already heard, our Scouts and Scouters really stepped up in their communities to provide the kind of service that we train and prepare for every week. We would love to hear stories or see pictures from you about how your Scouts aided your neighborhoods. Thankfully, our camps made it through the storms okay with obvious tree damage, but all facilities and buildings remained strong. 


scoutsurge911This Sunday, we invite you to join Scouts, family and friends from across our area in paying their respects to those who lost their lives and those who gave their lives on 9.11.01 at the Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County on September 11, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. We will view the movie "New York Says Thank You" and participate in a special memorial ceremony. Scouts and leaders are requested to attend in full uniform. We thank the members of the Pomperaug District for planning and hosting this event. 


This is fall and with it comes renewed opportunities to enroll and train more Scouts in Scouting's mantra of preparedness and service. The single most important message we can get to families about joining Scouting this fall is to visit More and more families are turning to activities like Scouting for meaningful, values-based experiences for their sons and daughters. We've got an incredible story to tell and we hope you'll help us share it. 

Sell Popcorn to Fund Scouting 


Trails End Logo Has your unit signed up for the 2011 popcorn sale? If you haven't had a chance to attend one of our Popcorn Kickoff/Training's, there is one final chance to get in on the action and learn how to fund your ideal year of Scouting. Come to the Last Chance Leader's Kickoff on September 21 at the Council Resource Center to learn more about the sale, find out what's new and what has changed, and most importantly, earn a three percent bonus commission just for attending. This is the Council's major fundraiser and is a win-win-win for the Council, for your unit and for all our boys. Contact your district executive today for more information. 

$10 Tickets Available For Special Sound Tigers Game


Bridgeport Sound Tigers Come join us for a Scout Night like none other. We've set an aggressive goal of filling the stands for this Scouts-only game and we want 5,000 Scouts and families there. Everyone gets a free patch. Special post-game autograph session with the players and a VIP post game skate on the ice. Plus any new Scouts joining from June 1st to October 21st receive a free ticket and will appear on the ice before the game. Tickets are only $10 each!!! Contact Jonathan Pleva at for more information. 

Scout Day at Lime Rock, September 30-October 1


Start your unit's program year with a roar at Scout Day at Lime Rock or just plan a fun day with the family. This easy camping event is perfect - just drive up and live out of the trunk of your car. Prepare your meals or buy them at the track concessions - either way there is nothing better than fan food at the track. An all-day program of amateur racing by some of the top-rated drivers in stock sedans and open wheeled race cars will ensure you have plenty to entertain Scouts of all ages. Camp Friday night - watch races Saturday 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. It doesn't get any better than this.
Deer Lake Major Work Party
hammer and glovesNow that the dust has settled on the camping season, we have reviewed the needs at Deer Lake and have come up with quite a list of items to accomplish on our Major Work Party weekend. You're welcome to camp on Friday evening on Sept. 30. Meal services start up with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and continue with lunch and dinner on Saturday. You're welcome to camp on Saturday but Sunday breakfast is on your own. We can use many hands to help make Deer Lake into a great camping facility for all Scouts. Please contact DL Maintenance Chairman Ted Langevin if you can attend and help. 
Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner & Auction


Wood Badge BeadsThe Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner is Sunday, November 6 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. This annual gathering brings together Wood Badge alumni and participants for an afternoon of fellowship, friendship and great food. The dinner also supports the Council's Wood Badge scholarship fund which helps make Scouting's premier adult leadership training course affordable to all leaders. A key part of the fundraising is the silent auction and we are looking for auction items. If you have anything of value to fellow Wood Badgers that you would like to donate, please contact Ray Moncevicius at

Are you SCOUTStrong? Take the Challenge!

scoutstrongpalaThe Boy Scouts of America and the President's Challenge program have teamed up to help Scouts of all ages and abilities increase their level of physical activity by completing SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by doing activities they enjoy like walking, hiking, playing outside with kids, mowing the lawn, yoga, and more. To achieve SCOUTStrong PALA, your goal is to be active at least five days a week for six out of eight weeks. Are you ready to take on the challenge?  
Catholic Scouting Retreat at Camp Strang 


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The Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Committee on Scouting is sponsoring a Catholic Boy Scout Camporee September 30-October 2 at Camp Strang in Goshen, CT. The camporee is open to all Catholic Scouts in the Council including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and adult Scouters. $25 for the weekend includes all meals, 2 crackerbarrels and a patch. The weekend will offer themed activities, Chaplain Aide Training, a campfire and Mass on Saturday evening. For more information, please contact John Meakin at (860) 688-7440 or

Red Ribbon Week Patch InitiativeRed Ribbon Week Patch


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse. Observed annually from October 23 to October 31, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration promoting youth education on the dangers of substance abuse. Scout Leaders must submit the 'Intent to Participate' form by Friday, October 7. banner
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