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The Housatonic Council


The Housatonic Council, although organized in 1920, held its first annual meeting Jan. 25, 1923 and voted to organize as a council to have jurisdiction over Scouting in Ansonia, Shelton and Seymour in addition to Derby. The territory was extended to include Oxford at a later date.


The same 1923 meeting voted to adopt the name Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America, and to employee a Scout Executive. The first executive board met March 22, 1923. It was nearly 20 years later, in September 1940, that steps were taken to incorporate the council. Finally, on March 3, 1941, the incorporators-James F. Halpin, Frank H. Gates, Earl B. Boies, L. L. DeSaulniers and Edward L. Miller-met with Attorney Francis Baut and the Scout Executive to sign Articles of Association. The papers were approved the following day in Hartford by the Secretary of the State.



The Housatonic Council serves these five communities:


Ansonia  Derby  Oxford  Seymour  Shelton


Housatonic Council Service Center

Bradley Pond Professional Center

111 New Haven Avenue    (Rte. 34)

Derby, CT 06418


(p) 203-734-3329

(f) 203 734-0222

Service Center Hours:

Monday - Friday   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people of all ages of the Lower Naugatuck Valley; with the help of people of all ages, to make ethical choices over their lifetime, based on the Scout Oath and Law.


The Housatonic Council is a member of:

  • Valley United Way

  • Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Derby-Shelton Rotary Club

  • Valley Council of Health & Human Service Organizations






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