We all watched with horror the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook on Friday that claimed the life of 20 innocent children and 6 wonderful, heroic teachers.
It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we share that two of the children lost were new Tiger Cubs in Cub Scout Pack 170: Chase Kowalski and Benjamin Wheeler. Three other families in the Pack lost children at the school, and Tiger Cub Den Leader Peter Baressi was a First Responder hero who stayed with the families throughout this ordeal. Victoria Soto, one of the hero teachers, was an Explorer as a youth in Stratford EMS Post 4911.
Chase and Benjamin, two would-be Eagle Scouts, and all those lost Friday will forever be in our hearts and prayers.
Scouting families across our Council, across the country and even around the world are asking the same question everyone is: What can we do?
As a Scouting community, we come together especially in support of the Kowalski and Wheeler families. The Pack 170 leadership has asked that we set up a Memorial Fund to support the five families and donations can be made out to "Pack 170 Memorial Fund" c/o Connecticut Yankee Council, PO Box 32, Milford, CT 06461. We are working with Newtown Savings Bank to establish this fund.
In an effort to assist the families, we will collect cards and letters which can also be addressed to "Pack 170" c/o the Connecticut Yankee Council, PO Box 32, Milford, CT 06461.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do is to keep all these families in our thoughts and prayers and remember these brave children and heroic teachers.
On behalf of the entire Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America Board, staff, volunteers and families, we extend our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.