Boy Scouts May Join Any Troop They Choose

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May 262017

If your son is a Webelo Scout or Boy Scout and looking for a Troop to join, he does not have to stay in his hometown but may join any troop that best fits him. The right troop is the key to success for any scout.

Many Orange scouts go on to a popular troop in Milford, but there are other options as well.

Troop 907, Woodbridge invites 5th and 6th-grade boys to join its Boy Scout troop.

For more information, contact Eileen Rickel at 203-258-5891 or come check it out at the First Church of Christ in the center of town at 7 p.m. Thursday evenings.

Three Orange Scouts Awarded The Arrow Of Light

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May 092017

Conner Guccione, Timothy Cap & Bruno Martone (photo by Jeff Cap)

Pack 922 of Orange held its annual Blue & Gold Banquet at The Inn at Villa Bianca on March 26, 2017, where three boys were awarded the Arrow of Light.

To be eligible for the award, a Scout must be active in a Webelos Den for at least six months and have earned the Webelos badge. He must be knowledgeable of the requirements to become a Boy Scout including the oath, law, slogan, and motto as well as understanding the significance of the First Class Scout badge and uniform.

The Scout must participate in an outdoor activity with a Boy Scout troop, attend a meeting with the troop, and go on a Webelos campout. He also is required to earn a total of eight activity badges. The ceremony is, in essence, a ‘coming of age’ ceremony symbolizing that Cub Scouts are now ready to become Boy Scouts.

The Cub Scouts awarded the Arrow of Light are Timothy Cap, Connor Guccione, and Bruno Martone under their Den leadership of John Guccione. This prestigious award was presented to the boys at their Blue & Gold Banquet, where Arrow of Light scouts also cross over to Boy Scouts.

The three Scouts crossed over and have joined Boy Scout Troop 12 in Milford.

Scout Advancements

Cub Scout Pack 922 at the 2016 Blue & Banquet at the Inn at Villa Bianco, Seymour (Photo by: Dave Audie)

In combination with the Arrow of Light recipients, nearly 30 Pack 922 Cub Scouts advanced in rank. Advancing to the rank of Tiger are Cub Scouts Anthony Coppola, Samuel Feliconio, Jake Fleming, Jack Higgins, Silas Hill, Thomas Lim, Charlie Locher, Evan Ricard, Christopher Scheibel, Aiden Serrano, Cooper Small, Christopher Smernoff, Leon Song, Owen Spash, and Alexander Wright, with their Den Leaders Pete Higgins and Chris Small.

Advancing to the rank of Bear is Cub Scout Enzo Martone, with his Den Leader Chris Martone.

Advancing to the rank of Webelos are Cub Scouts Jack Destival, Justin Ewing, Owen Higgins, and William Keenan, with their Den Leader Pete Higgins.

Finally, advancing to the rank of Arrow of Light are Cub Scouts Michael Audie, Connor Bunnell, Todd Evans, Aiwen Lebreck, and Griffin Welander, with their Den Leaders Kevin Lebreck and Dave Evans.

Many special guests attended the Blue & Gold Banquet, such as Superintendent Dr. Vince Scarpetti, Principal Kai Byrd, Charlie Casey (Scoutmaster, Troop 12 in Milford), Jim Niper (Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 12 in Milford), Anthony Priess (Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 12), Logan Niper (Senior Patrol Leader, Troop 12), Andrew Priess (Order of the Arrow rep., Troop 12), Benjamin Cap (Troop Guide, Troop 12), Zack Geremia (Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop 12), Frankie Cavallaro (Boy Scout, Troop 12), and Nicholas Massey (Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop 12).

According to the Pack Committee Chairman, Jeff Cap, the dinner is an annual event that honors the boys. “It’s basically a graduation party for everything the boys have accomplished this past year and a celebration as they move to their next rank,” he said.

Cap said it was a very rewarding day for him and his wife, Vicky (Assistant Cubmaster of Pack 922), as they both watched these boys advance, especially their own son, one of which received the Arrow of Light, and also then crossed over to Boys Scouts. “It’s very important for young boys to learn all the skills and safety taught in scouting. These skills are not learned in school or by playing sports. It’s something they will learn and remember for the rest of their lives,” said Jeff Cap.

The Cap’s youngest son, Timothy, is now joining his older brother (Benjamin) at Boy Scout Troop 12, who is currently a first class Boy Scout. Jeff Cap is a leader at Troop 12 as well.

Cub Scout Pack 922 would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations for the generous donations made for the Blue and Gold raffle:

AMF Bowling

Boston Red Sox

Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball

Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hockey

Cinemark Movie Theater

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Discovery Museum & Planetarium

The Edge Fitness Club, Derby

Eli’s Restaurant Group

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Evans Family

Five Guys Burgers

Kid City Museum

Launch Trampoline Park

Milford Ice Pavilion

Mohawk Mountain

New England Air Museum

New England Revolution Soccer Team

NY Red Bulls Soccer Team

Northeast Baseball School

Orange Fire Department

Peabody Museum

Shop Rite

Sports Center of CT, Shelton

Sundae Spa for Girls


Zuppardi’s Apizza

Any boys who are in kindergarten through fifth grade can join cub scouting. To find out more about joining a cub scout pack in Orange or another town, please contact Jeff Cap or Chris Martone (Cubmaster) at contactus@orangectscouting.com or by visiting Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com.

Orange Lions Help Improve Local Hiking Trails

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Sep 292016

racebrook tractResidents and visitors who frequent the Racebrook Tract hiking trails may notice recent improvements.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, members of the Conservation Commission, Boy Scouts and Orange Lions cleaned up the trails and marked trees on the trails.



Santa’s Helper Drop-Off Proceeds Seamlessly

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Nov 242014

Lisa accepts a customer's gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

Lisa accepts a customer’s gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

More than 150 parents came to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on the Boston Post Road on Saturday to drop off gifts for the upcoming Santa’s Helper event.

In past years people would arrive several hours early (much like Black Friday) often braving freezing temperatures to be first in line for the drop-off.

Last year, the Fire Department opened its truck bays to participants so they could wait for their turn in comfort. The Auxiliary also began passing out reflective stakes and balloons so participants could mark their homes clearly for the Firefighters to see on delivery day.

This year, they took it up a notch and changed the drop-off time to noon to 2 p.m., indoor waiting area again was available, and with the assistance of several scouts, the gifts were processed and bagged and immediately moved to a secure, locked storage area where they will remain until the December 14 delivery day.

Sadly, the one thing that was missing in the drop-off room where the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary members were greeting parents and processing the gifts, was longtime member Sue Palmer, who passed away on October 15. Anyone who knew Sue will remember that she loved Santa’s Helper and working with the other women on drop-off day.

Be A Part Of Something BIG On Saturday — It’s Basket Brigade Time Again

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Nov 222013

BB 2012 VolunteersFor the past three years I have been involved with something called the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. I heard about it from one of the organizers, Orange resident Glen Ketchian, who is currently a member of the Orange Board of Finance and found my part in it to be so rewarding that I cannot help but encourage others to join in and volunteer.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, High School Students looking for community service credits and anyone else who would just like to feel great by helping others for a day should consider coming out on November 23 at 9 a.m.

This year, as in the past few, our New Haven Region Basket Brigade will take place at Champs Direct Printing & Mailing, 75 Cascade Boulevard, Milford, CT 06460 — just over the Orange Town Line off Marsh Hill Road. For information and to volunteer, please e-mail John Sottery: basket-brigade@enginuityplm.com

Folks with SUVs, pick-up trucks or other large vehicles and a dependable GPS are always needed to hand-deliver the baskets to the families — Believe me THIS is the heartwarming part.


Here is a letter from organizer Victor Frazao:

Every year since 1993, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, volunteers have gathered to put together and deliver baskets with a complete Thanksgiving dinner to families in need in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.

Since 1994 we have hand delivered over 120 Tons of food and fed more than 20,000 people!

Help us make a difference and join us on Saturday, November 23rd for a special day of giving, fun & friendship. As usual, we will assemble and deliver, complete Thanksgiving dinners to the homes of families in need.

This is an event for all ages. Come with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Invite them to come out and be part of our magical Thanksgiving Basket Brigade assembly line.

Our biggest challenge is raising the money to feed these families, so this year we are asking every volunteer to bring a small cash donation.

A $30 donation feeds an entire family. A $300 donation will feed 10 families! Any amount is truly appreciated.

Our Typical Thanksgiving baskets include: 

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Lots of Vegetables
  • Apple or Pumpkin Pie
  • Juice
  • Books
  • Personal Care Products (donated by leading companies)
  • Toys
  • Other goodies!

More information to follow…


Victor Frazao


Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2013 @ 17:28

Ban On Gay Scouts Lifted, Gay Leaders Still Not Allowed

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May 242013

thYesterday, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

More than 60 percent of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, supported the proposal.

However, gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders, under the proposal drafted by the Scouts’ governing board.

Although this is a big step for the BSA, the subject may not be closed yet. Many liberal Scout leaders who supported the proposal to accept gay youth also would like the ban on gay adults lifted.

Pack 922 Will Be Scouting For Food Saturday And Need Your Help

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Nov 092012

To The Orange Community:

Cub Scout Pack 922 is participating in its annual Scouting for Food Drive. Pack 922 is collecting non-perishable food to deliver to the Town of Orange Food Closet, which benefits needy families in the Town of Orange.

If you would like to make a food donation and support this event, please contact Pack 922’s Cubmaster, Jeff Cap, at 203-298-0818, to schedule a pick-up at your house on Saturday, Nov. 10, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Suggested items that are always needed: toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, body wash, paper goods, towel paper, toilet paper, cups, plates, dish detergent, laundry detergent, peanut butter, jelly, rice, mustard, ketchup, coffee, tea, juice, canned meats, salt, pepper, sugar, flour, pasta, oatmeal, cereal, soup, canned vegetables, and supermarket gift cards.

Thank you for your support!

Cub Scout Pack 922


Originally published Nov. 6