For 98 years, the Housatonic Council has offered a valuable program to the youth of the lower Naugatuck Valley. Scouting provides skill development opportunities that might not otherwise be found at home, school or through other extra-curricular programs, including leadership team building and conflict resolution. It’s a fact that youth who spend five or more years in the program graduate from high school and college at a much higher than average rate. They also tend to go on to take up leadership roles in business, the military and the community.
The Housatonic Council owns and maintains the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, CT where many generations of scouts from the Valley have had fun, fellowship and the opportunity to learn outdoor skills such as scoutcraft, swimming, boating and field sports. The Housatonic Council is also responsible for producing over 2000 Eagle Scouts (the highest rank in Scouting).
The Program has always been dynamic and is just as relevant today as ever. The Camp runs a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program and as of 2018, the Housatonic Council Scouting Program in the Valley is open to girls as well as boys.
The Housatonic Council has the distinction of being one of the smallest and oldest councils in the country. While other councils have gone through a number of mergers and camp property consolidations, the Housatonic Council maintains Strang Scout reservations for the benefit of the Valley’s youth.
Make a Difference. Keep Scouting Strong
We have always benefited from the generosity of the Council alumni and residents of the Valley. Our 187 acre Camp Strang in Goshen is the result of a generous donation of cash, material and labor by residents of the Valley. When the Housatonic Council opted to purchase the property in Goshen in the mid 1950’s, the National office cautioned against it. They felt that the lower Naugatuck Valley was not a large enough area to support the cost of maintaining and operating a summer camp. Over sixty years later, Camp Strang is one of the older continuously operating Scout camps in the country and was recently described by a member of the Regional Boy Scout staff as one of the last jewels in the northeast.
A donation or bequest to the Housatonic Council Endowment Fund is an investment in our youth. 100% of your donation goes to the cause. You can donate to one of four Funds (Camp Program and Maintenance, Campership, Eagle Scholarship and the Housatonic Council Fund). Our endowment funds are invested locally with the Valley Community Foundation. Please consider making a year end gift of cash or possibly a bequest. I can assure you that your donation will benefit both current and future scouts and that you will feel good knowing that you made a difference.