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Two Connecticut shooting victims were Tiger Cubs; here’s how to help

It breaks my heart to report that the horrendous school shooting in Connecticut has hit the Scouting family.

The Boy Scouts of America learned that two of the victims, 7-year-old Chase Kowalski and 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, were new Tiger Cub Scouts with Pack 170 in the Connecticut Yankee Council.

Three other families in Pack 170 lost children at the school, and Tiger Cub Den Leader Peter Baressi was a first responder hero who stayed with the families throughout the ordeal.

Victoria Soto, one of the heroic teachers who was killed, was an Explorer as a youth in Stratford EMS Post 4911.

When you live several states away from those in pain, it’s easy to feel helpless. In addition to keeping the families in your thoughts and prayers, I’ve learned of an opportunity to send cards, letters and donations to those in mourning.

The Pack 170 leadership has asked Connecticut Yankee Council to set up a Memorial Fund to support the five families. Donations can be made out to “Pack 170 Memorial Fund” c/o Connecticut Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, Milford, CT 06461.

Your family or your Scout unit may wish to send condolence cards and letters. Those can also be addressed to “Pack 170” c/o the Connecticut Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, Milford, CT 06461.

After the jump, a letter from Wayne Brock. 

Letter from Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive

To: National Board, Advisory Council, and our BSA family:

We are all struggling to come to grips with the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. I have the sad responsibility to report that this tragedy has also struck within the Scouting family.

We’ve been informed two of the young victims, 7-year-old Chase Kowalski and 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, were new Tiger Cub Scouts with Pack 170 in the Connecticut Yankee Council. In addition, three of the victims were siblings of other boys in Pack 170. Victoria Soto, one of the hero teachers, was an Explorer as a youth.

Please join me in remembering these victims and families in your prayers.

We have been in touch with council leadership. The National Council is offering any support possible during this difficult time.

Working with the leadership of Pack 170, the Connecticut Yankee Council has established a memorial fund in support of the five families. If interested, donations, cards, and letters can be sent to the Pack 170 Memorial Fund, c/o Connecticut Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, Milford, CT 06460

God bless everyone as we take a step back and think about the safety and well-being of our own families and loved ones in the midst of this national time of mourning.

Wayne Brock

90 Comments on Two Connecticut shooting victims were Tiger Cubs; here’s how to help

  1. Andrew Kosmowski // December 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm // Reply
  2. Thoughts and prayers for everyone affected by this senseless tragedy from T-81 MAC Kingwood WV.

  3. Paul Chrisope // December 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm // Reply

    Our prayers go out to all that were affected from Pack 727 RSM, CA

    • Mark K. Johnson D.P.M. // December 18, 2012 at 12:52 am // Reply

      The innocent lost are in our thoughts and prayers . Our son is an Eagle Scout from Troop 61. God Bless you and hold you in his arms.

  4. Both should earn THE SPIRIT OF EAGLE award.

    • So should Victoria Soto (if it can be given to a female or some award). Soto secured her first graders in the closets of her classroom. When the gunman came, she said they were in the gym. The gunman killed her and left. All those babies are safe because of her quick thinking. May she rest in peace and her courage not be forgotten.

      • Diane Fuhrman // December 18, 2012 at 12:49 am // Reply

        I agree with you Leanna. It would seem that Victoria is deserving of recognition for her selfless heroism. As long as she was a scouter in good standing, I think it should be given consideration. She certainly loved her students, that is without question.

      • I came here specifically to make a similar suggestion. Victoria would have to get the Lifesaving Honor with Crossed Palms, as the Spirit of the Eagle is only for Youth.

    • Jeff Dronenburg Sr. // December 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm // Reply

      Joe: Perfect response. What a great idea. I can’t think of a more fitting way for the Pack to honor the Wheeler and Kowalski families in their time of grief.

      For those who have never heard of this award: The Boy Scouts of America created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous special recognition for a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness. The intention is to help heal and comfort the youth member’s family, loved ones, and friends with their loss.

      Jeffrey W. Dronenburg Sr.
      Advancement and Recognition Committee Chairman
      Western Shore District, National Capital Area Council

      • Michael Carpenter // December 18, 2012 at 11:50 am // Reply

        I would also like to recommend the Spirit of the Eagle awards for both Chase and Benjamin. I also agree that Victoria should receive the LifeSaving Honor with Cross Palms award.

        From Pack 415 residing in Cornwall PA, I would like to send our sympathies to not only the scouts but also to the entire community of NewTown. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

        Michael Carpenter
        Committee Chair
        Cub Pack 415 – Cornwall PA.

      • Troop 88 Eagle // December 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm // Reply

        You have two votes from Eagles here. One from the ’90s and one from the ’40s. We need to get this done.

  5. May the Great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with you until we meet again Chase and Benjamin. RIP little Tigers. You will not be forgotten.

  6. Our prayers go out to Pack 170 from Troop 104 and Pack 104 from Chattahoochee Council. Also from Crew 95 of Flint River Council.

  7. Randy McKenzie // December 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm // Reply

    Thoughts and prayers from Pack 810, Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Woodlawn VA

  8. May God’s loving Peace fall around the families and members of Pack 170 at this time. May God Almighty’s strong and loving arms hold each family member, sibling, classmate, and Cubscout brother tight this very hour. Pack 1302 from New Bern is praying for you all. In Scouting, Laura Wiggs, Cubmaster

  9. Kimberly Kozlovsky // December 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm // Reply

    I’m so terribly sorry for your lose! The heart of all American’s our breaking for you and reaching out with you with our prayers. God be with you all! Pack 651

  10. William Boothe // December 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm // Reply

    My heart goes out to all the families and 2 young Tigers.
    – William Boothe
    Eagle Scout and Unit Commissioner, Tualaty District- Cascade Pacific Council

  11. Our thoughts are with all the families affected. God Speed Chase, Benjamin, Victoria and all the victims of this horrific tragedy. Unable to really know what you are going through right now but know that scouting is a family and we are grieving with you. Pack 604 / Troop 58 Heart of America Council.

  12. RIP little tigers you are God’s little angels. My deepest sorrow goes out to these families. May peace and love surround you during this time.

  13. Carlos Martinez // December 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm // Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and the two Tigers. Rest in peace. Troop 868, Miami, FL.

  14. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel.
    With deepest sympathy, Pack 1561, Anaheim CA.

  15. May God with those families and Pack 107, give them strength and extra comfort Our thought and prayers are with you. Swee Ng, Tiger Den Leader Pack 883, Tall Timbers District, Sam Houston Council

  16. These tragic news have become a world-wide cause for sorrow. Tartu district scouttroops in Estonia join in thoughts with all well-wishers.

    God give streght to the families.

  17. Terry Hutmacher // December 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm // Reply

    Our hearts go out to all the families in Newtown. RIP little Tigers and brave Venturer. You will not be forgotten. Troop 618, Santa Cruz – Monterey Bay Area Coundil

  18. Alberto Monge // December 18, 2012 at 12:18 am // Reply

    We are sorry for your loss and our prayers go with you. Pack 141, California Inland Empire Council, Mt. Rubidoux District.

  19. Diane Fuhrman // December 18, 2012 at 1:34 am // Reply

    “And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hands”. Rest in peace Victoria, Chase, Benjamin and all Sandy Hook victims. Sending prayers your way Pack 170 from Troop 64, Norwela Council, Bossier City, LA.

  20. Troop and Pack 454 Cedar Hill Tn.Warioto District , Middle Tn. Council. Sends our condolenses .We will try harder to be better Scouts and better people in the memory of Chase and Benjamin. We ask God to give us the courage of Victoria.
    Fly High Tiger Cubs Fly high.

  21. Cub Scout salute to you both. Pack 302 of Farm Life, NC will keep the parents and leaders in our prayers.

  22. Eileen Ledger // December 18, 2012 at 8:09 am // Reply

    My heart and prayers go out to all these little hearts who have been taken from their families much too soon! May you find peace and comfort knowing they are all safe in Gods arms!

  23. Eileen Ledger // December 18, 2012 at 8:11 am // Reply

    I speak for Troop 90, Marathon NY, Our hearts and prayers go out to all these little hearts who have been taken from their families much too soon! May you find peace and comfort knowing they are all safe in Gods arms!

  24. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow Scouters and all of the families within the community impacted by this horrible trajedy. Cub Scout Pack 501, Woodbridge, VA

  25. Scouter Chuck // December 18, 2012 at 11:26 am // Reply

    Prayers go out for my fellow Scouts and all the other victims.Scouter and Akela Chuck(RET.)St.Thomas,Ontario,Canada

  26. Pack 3025 Montpelier oh send our deepest sympathy. we have an idea to make the para cord bracelets for all the scouts in the pack… is there anyone out there they may have an idea on this number? thank you you can email me at thanks again and you are all in our prayers

  27. George Ostrander // December 18, 2012 at 11:34 am // Reply

    The nation’s heart stopped on Friday morning. The grief and sorrow will remain with us forever. Heaven is enriched with the Lords newest angels. Our prayers go out to all of the families and the community who will need all of the support we can offer.
    Troop 157. Deer Park, NY

  28. Kristen Martin // December 18, 2012 at 11:35 am // Reply

    I am a tiger cub den leader of my sons den pack 330 black warrior river breaks my heart to here this news..we r praying for all of these families..

  29. Houston, TX: Sam Houston Area Council – Pack 1115, Den 4 Tigers: Our thoughts and prayers to these little, fellow tiger cubs and their families. A cub scout salute to Chase and Benjamin.

    God bless.

  30. Our prayers are with the families of Chase, Benjamin, Victoria, and so many others who have been affected by the tragedy in Newtown. Thankfully, as scouts, we affirm that God provides us with strength, faith, and courage each day, especially when we face times of darkness and despair. I’m also thankful that there are many who now embrace those who are hurting with our compassion and care.
    Brad Simpson
    Pastor, Wytheville Presbyterian Church (VA)
    Scouter, Blue Ridge Mountains Council

  31. I hope the greiving families can take solace in the fact that these young men are now in the care of the ultimate Akela.

    Robin Rau
    Troop 104
    Beacon Falls, CT

  32. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and with all of Newtown as they try to come to grips with this horrific loss and move forward in a positive light.
    God Bless!
    Bear Den 7, Pack 95

  33. I am a Canadian Scout leader who works with the 5-7 years olds in our movement. My heart breaks everytime I read, see or hear something about these wonderful children and their courageous teachers. Every school I have passed has their Canadian flag at half-staff to honour each of them. (I am a school bus driver, too.) May God comfort you and help you day to day from now until you see them again.

  34. Jeff Luitjens // December 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm // Reply

    From Troop and Pack 357-We are ALL Pack 170 today. And we need to Do our Best to honor these boys, their parents, leaders and their teachers. God bless them all.

  35. Reblogged this on Lewis and Clark District Committee.

  36. Reblogged this on Algonquin District and commented:
    Read through the comments – both boys are under consideration for the Spirit of the Eagle award and Teacher Victoria Soto for the Lifesaving Honor with Crossed Palms, for her bravery in misdirecting the gunman away from her classroom.

  37. Dennis Taylor // December 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm // Reply

    Our heartfelt condolences for the families of the newest scouts just starting the trail to Eagle. The whole world, not just America, shares your pain. Please find solance in knowing that you are not alone but have the entire scouting family with you.

    Scoutmaster Dennis Taylor,Troop 410, Roanoke , VA Blue Ridge Mountains Council

  38. Thoughts and prayers with the families of the lost scouts and to the other victims families. Such a sad way to leave us.


    Boston District Beaver, Cubs and Scouts

  39. Dane Meyer - Webelos Den Leader, Pack 15 Three Fires Council // December 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm // Reply

    The Leaders and Cub Scouts of Pack 15, Grace Lutheran Church in Streamwood Illinois, extend our deepest sympthies to the families of those lost, and admire the Scouting community coming together to provide messages and solace to the entire community. These Tigers will never be forgotten.

  40. Margaret Pfiester // December 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    I can not express the sadness I feel for your families. Having lost a son I know there is nothing harder than losing a child. Margaret Troop 39 Fannett Texas

  41. Sympathies and thoughts go out across the pond to everyone affected by this.
    3rd Rainham Beaver, Cubs and Scouts, Hornchurch District, GLNE County, England.

  42. given the shooter’s link to Autism – and how many young boys Autism impacts now- I am wondering if it would be proactive and possibly even therapeutic to start a fund towards training leaders to reach out and connect to these boys. Think of the impact BSA could have if we took this horrible event and allowed it to ignite within us a passion for those boys who are most likely to fall between society’s cracks, to end up so horribly ill. At the very least, we could start a scholarship fund to send boys in this town to camps. If each of us considering sending a 4-5 dollar sympathy card put the same money towards either a camp scholarship or a leader training program, think of how many boys this could impact.

    • Autism Empowerment is the ONLY National Autism Group that has an Autism and Scouting Program to help teach and train leaders.

  43. From Pack 224 in Norman, OK we are praying for you

  44. For Our Scouts who have gone on-

    Now he walks tall, a comfortable stride without an ache;
    His back is straight, a spring in his step.
    His mouth curled into a smile;
    There is a twinkle in his eye and anticipation on his face.

    The deer amble along, nuzzling his side;
    the squirrels on the log and Trees chattering a welcome song.
    Chipmunks bounce ahead;
    The Eagle soars overhead As the owl hoots his praise.

    The trail leads through the woods into a magnificent field;
    Filled with flowers waving in the gentle breeze.
    The puffy white clouds are scattered;
    Across the clear, deep blue sky.
    The crystal clear stream from the waterfall;
    Gurgles alongside the trail;
    While the fish jump with abandon.

    He walks on, he did his best.

    A family toast I made up upon the death of my father.
    We always use this toast at those special family meals.

    To Family,
    Those who are here,
    Those who could not make it,
    And to those who have gone before us-

  45. Please do not forget that there was also 8 Brownies who are also scouters that lost their lives as well. I know the focus on the BSA but they are all part of the Scouting Family.

  46. Our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of Chase, Benjamin, all the families, the Pack and their Community affected by this tragedy. May God’s grace and healing be with you. Rebecca Broderick, Committee Chair, Pack 4554 Silverdale, WA

  47. For the Heros who may not have a direct association with BSA

    Requirements for A Carnegie Medal
    A civilian who voluntarily risks his or her own life, knowingly, to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person is eligible for recognition by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

    The act of heroism must have occurred in the United States, Canada, or the waters thereof (12 nautical miles). The act must be brought to the attention of the Commission within two years of the date of its occurrence.

    The act of rescue must be one in which no full measure of responsibility exists between the rescuer and the rescued. Persons not eligible for awards are: Those whose duties in following their regular vocations require them to perform such acts, unless the rescues are clearly beyond the line of duty, and members of the immediate family, except in cases of outstanding heroism where the rescuer loses his or her life or is severely injured. Members of the armed services and children considered by the Commission to be too young to comprehend the risks involved are also ineligible for consideration.

    Factual establishment
    There must be conclusive evidence to support the threat to the victim’s life, the risk undertaken by the rescuer, the rescuer’s degree of responsibility, and the act’s occurrence.

    You may nominate an individual for the Carnegie Medal in one of several ways:

    ■Complete and submit our online nomination form.
    ■Contact the Commission (address below) to request a nomination form.
    ■Nominations may also be made by letter: Please include the name and address of the rescuer, victim, and any known witnesses as well as your name, address, and telephone number.
    Supporting documentation, such as incident reports, newspaper clippings, photos, etc., would be of great assistance.

    Jeffrey A. Dooley, Investigations Manager
    436 7th Avenue, Suite 1101
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1841
    Telephone: 1-412-281-1302
    Toll free: 1-800-447-8900
    Fax: 1-412-281-5751

  48. Laura Remsburger // December 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm // Reply

    My heart is heavy for the awful, senseless losses. Many prayers traveling to Newtown from Pack 28 in Dallas, NC. Laura – Tiger Den Leader

  49. Cubmaster Matt // December 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm // Reply

    God Bless and our thoughts and prayers are with the families.
    Pack 495
    Delmarva Council
    Kent Island, Maryland

  50. Jennifer Miller // December 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm // Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that had to leave us to soon. God Bless the children, heroes, their families and friends. They will never be forgotten.
    Pack 5004
    Gloversville, New York

  51. Cubmaster Julie // December 19, 2012 at 7:01 am // Reply

    God Bless the children, the teachers and all the families. Lord give the families the strength to get through this horrible event.
    Pack 27
    Keyser, WV

  52. I have no words to express how tragic this is. I pray God will hold up these families and carry them through.

    Jones Family
    Pack 62 Columbia CT
    Troop 162 Columbia CT
    Pack 315 Centerville OH
    Troop 116 Centerville OH

  53. It is unimaginable how to deal with a tragedy like this. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and this town during this heartbreaking time. May God watch over you all and give you strength to carry on.

    Lisa Lowe from Troop 810
    Vass, North Carolina

  54. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families. May God grant them the strength needed to go on and may He pour his blessings over them.

    Aimee de la Osa
    Cubmaster, Pack 207
    Hialeah, Florida

  55. Condolences and prayers to those who have suffered in this tragic event. This too shall pass.
    Valerdi Family, troop 186
    San Diego, California

  56. Brad Wright - Retired Scoutmaster Troop 87 Elkhart Indiana // December 19, 2012 at 11:37 am // Reply

    To soon to be In Heaven. However now they are with Jesus. Wings music and bright lights. The Saviour loves his little children

  57. Ruth Luevanos // December 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm // Reply

    I was already saddened by this tragedy that hit close to home since I myself am a teacher and mother of two. I thank you for posting this information so that my pack and I can send cards and donations to support the families of these brave boys, girls and teacher. They are all in our thoughts and prayers and we pray God gives them the strength to get through this.

  58. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and all the families affected by this tragedy. May God wrap his caring arms around these families.

    Renee Stanley
    Pack 802
    Prestonsburg Ky.

  59. Wayne Dharsan // December 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm // Reply

    To the families of both Tiger Cubs ,I would like to pass on my condolences .Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Wayne Dharsan
    Cub Scouter
    9th Meath Ratoath
    Scouting Ireland

  60. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families affected by this horrible tragedy…… May God grant you strength and comfort….

    Jessica Herrera
    Pack 256
    Mount Dora, Fl

  61. Committee Chair Melody // December 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm // Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all though this horrible time. God Bless you all as you move forward and heal.

    Wickliffe Cub Scout Pack 289
    Greater Western Reserve Council
    Wickliffe, Ohio

  62. To all those affected by this terrible incident, our thoughts and prayers.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
    and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
    and give you peace.

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    Greg Smith
    Bear Den Leader
    Pack 555
    Birdsboro PA
    Hawk Mountain Council

  63. It is to hard to say so many thoughts and prays in so few words. God speed to the familys and pack 170 on the journey that they will now have to take.May all of us remember them in our thoughts and prays and our pack and den meetings. Take the time to hold each and everyone closer to you.
    Josh Watts
    Cub Master
    Pack 3093
    Billings Mt.

  64. from parent committe of troop 738 of tompkinsville ky our thoughts and prayers go out to yall we will wear our shirts..

  65. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  66. Our hearts are with you. Sam Houston Council Tiger Pack 143

  67. Margie Dunne // December 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with the families. May God hold you in his arms.

    Margie Dunne, Pack 3831, Camarillo, CA

  68. Andy Pennise // December 21, 2012 at 9:33 am // Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with these families as they cope with the loss.

    Troop 30, Sherrill, NY
    Pack 2, Oneida, NY

  69. Such an awful thing I’m no representative of Scouts Canada but from all of us here in Canada. Rest In Peace
    17th Guelph Ventures Ontario Canada

  70. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Troop 720 MI

  71. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families affected by this horrible tragedy May God grant you strength and comfort. we have a candle lite in their memory they will never be forgotten.
    Cubmaster Scott McCabe
    Cub Pack 145

  72. May God bless those young souls lost in this horrific event. May they guide us as angels, leading us in faith, so we may overcome such evil. Chase and Benjamin- We salute you.
    Cub Scout Pack 575
    Santa Clarita, CA

  73. I’m a venturer scout from Canada and I have started a small fundraiser to help out the troop and families. So far i’m up to 80$. Even though its not related to me I feel that through the brotherhood of scouting I should help out no matter what. I do hope the families will be ok. The Tiger scouts are in my prayers.

    Yours In Scouting,

    Nicholas Larmond
    1st Winona
    Venturer President

  74. Karen Herbert // January 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm // Reply

    As a Director of a Cub Scout Camp in Wisconsin, we will remember all those taken on this tragic day in our Flag retirement ceremonies that we do weekly.

  75. 8th Richmond Hill Scout Group - Beaver Scout Colony // February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    Hello from your Scouting friends in the North,

    We represent the 8th Richmond Hill Beaver Scouts. Beavers are the youngest members of Scouts Canada and they are boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years. We live in a town, Richmond Hill which is about half an hour north of Toronto, Ontario.

    We, the Leaders (Rainbow, Chatter and Rusty/Akela) have been instructing our Beavers about the meaning of compassion and caring about our fellow people and especially our fellow Scouts.

    We talked to them about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and we encouraged them to share some words of support and care to the students, the parents and the town itself. We try and ensure that Beavers think of others as well as themselves and to show sympathy and support to others who are in need.

    We have mailed you a sympathy package written by the Beavers and by us and we hope that you can forward out thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been touched by this event and hope that with support and time, all of us will be able to heal.

    This Saturday, at the Kub Kar Rally, we will open the rally with a special beaver buggy that we have built and dedicated to Tiger Cubs Chase and Jessie and the other children who were affected by this tragedy at Sandy Hook .We plan to send the buggy to your pack soon.

    Yours in Scouting,
    Rainbow-(Sandra Fox), Chatter-(Zem Ajward), Rusty/Akela-(Ersin Kutluoglu)& the Beaver Scouts.
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group,
    Richmond Hill,
    L4C 2B9,Canada.

  76. As a member of the Girl Guide movement of Canada, I will remember the 8 Daisy Girl Scouts of Sandy Hook when I attend Scouters and Guiders Sunday on the 24th of February.

    Samirah Ajward
    1st York South Rangers
    Richmond Hill

  77. Words can’t express how saddened I am to hear of your terrible loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you all.

    As a member of the Girl Guide movement of Canada, I will remember the 8 Daisy Girl Scouts of Sandy Hook when I attend Scouters and Guiders Sunday on the 24th of February.

    Samirah Ajward
    1st York South Rangers
    Richmond Hill

    (I am re-posting this because the logo on the previous comments was a scout logo and I am a member of Girl Guides of Canada. However I am a former Scouts Canada member.)

  78. Rashad Ajward // February 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm // Reply

    My name is Rashad Ajward and I am a Venture with the 13th Richmond Hill Venture Company in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
    I started my journey in scouting as a Beaver Scout just like Tiger Cubs Chase K and Benjamin W. of your Tiger Cub Pack.
    As a Beaver Scout, I learned through the Beaver Scout Motto that by “Sharing, Sharing, and Sharing” we WILL find the strength to overcome.
    My heartfelt sympathies for your loss under these very sad circumstances.
    My scout group- our Beaver Scout Colony where my mother is a leader, has made a Peace Tree using a Crab Apple branch and on it we have eight daisies, one for each Daisy Girl Scouts who lost her life that day and a print out of two Tiger Cub hats, one for Chase K. and the other for Benjamin W. We also have two bunches of balloons, some pine cones and a picture of the Eternal Candle lit by the Girl Scouts of Los Angeles on the tree. We have placed twenty eight hearts on Birch Bark and wrapped it around the pot holding the tree, and we wrote down the twenty six names of the teachers and students from Sandy Hook-one name for each heart.
    We will take the Peace Tree with us to every scout event we attend this year and perhaps in the future, so that Chase k. and Benjamin W. will be in attendance with us through our thoughts and prayers.
    You will always be in my thoughts and prayers as I continue my scout journey.
    The following messages of condolence were collected at The 17th Richmond Hill Kub Kar Rally and I have posted them on your scouting blog.
    May God Bless all of you.
    Yours in Scouting,
    Rashad Ajward, 13th Venture Company
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    From our 17th Annual Kub Kar Rally, we ran our Beaver Buggy in honour of the children of Sandy Hook.
    Forever in our thoughts!
    8th Richmond Hill Beaver Scout Colony,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    It was a very sad tragedy of what happened on that day and I hope that they May Rest in Peace.
    Those two innocent boys did not deserve to die.
    Thomas Heaney
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Adam Lindsey
    1st Stouffville Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Kevin Bodi
    1st Stouffville Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Always in our thoughts.
    Thomas Hagman and Karl

    I am standing here at a rally for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and watching the boys and girls race their vehicles with pride and excitement and wonder what you must be going through.
    I hope some good will come out of this tragedy so that no one else has to ever go through this again.
    On behalf of the Leaders, Parents, Beaver Scouts, Cubs Scouts and Ventures of 1st Stouffville we offer prayers of peace to all.
    Mary Copp,
    Beaver Leader
    1st Stouffville Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    We are too lucky to be sitting here enjoying our Kub Kar Rally and need to remember to think of your Cub Group who has been so affected.
    We all hope that the love is felt from Richmond Hill, Ontario to Sandy Hook.
    We send you a very large Cub Scout Hug.
    If you ever come this way PLEASE come see us.
    All of love and prayers,
    Sandra Love
    5th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    We are thinking of you and hope that this incident will lead to the changes that are needed.
    Harkes Family,
    Stouffville, Canada

    Thinking of you.
    5th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you through this horrific time.
    Scouter Adam Heaney (also ‘ Bagheera’, Cub Leader)
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Our Deepest Sympathies to all of you.
    Mathavan and Parents
    Beaver Scout
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Thank you. It is very fun.
    Thomas Huang and Dad
    Beaver Scout
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Thank you.
    I love scouts.
    Cub Scout
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Our deepest sympathies.
    Our prayers are with your angels.
    The Steplock Family.

    6th Richmond Hill Scout Group:
    Beaver Scouts;
    Nathan Lee, Nicole Le, Eddie Chen, Rachel, Tamera, Aden, Nancy, Gwen, Evelyn Chan, Ryan Lam, Audrey Tao

    On behalf of York Headwaters, I would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to all the families of Sandy Hook.
    You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jenny Terakita,
    York Headwaters, Commissioner

    Hi! I am Zachary Landon,
    I am sorry for your loss!
    Cub Scout
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    My Hopes and Dreams are with you and your families.
    A dark day shows us the light we call life, let it be a reminder of how precious our time together on Earth is.
    Beaver Scout Leader and Venture Scout Advisor.
    5th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Hintz Family

    The 5th Richmond Hill Scout Group passes along its sincere condolences on this tragic loss of so many, so lovely and so young.
    The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Scouting has lost the experience of seeing the joy and development of these youth.
    Your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sean Love
    Group Commissioner, Scouter and Akela
    5th Richmond Hill Scout Group
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

  79. Our deepest sympathies to all of your families.
    Jennifer Musselman and daughter Evelyn(age 5, a Spark with Girl Guides Canada)
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    We are thinking of you, grieving with you, longing to help. We would like to see all guns melted down into ploughshares.
    May life and peace grow – we will work hard to keep them flowing here.
    Alan, Don and Esther Collier,
    Richmond Hill United Church,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Deepest sympathies.
    Mark Walker, Kristin Walker/Tic Tac and Owen Walker.
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Scouting grieves with you.
    Bill Freeland
    5th Richmond Hill Scout Group,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Davis Thorne.
    8th Richmond Hill Scout Group,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Such a terrible tragedy – we all send you our prayers for healing.
    Paula Windsor.
    Richmond Hill United Church,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Blessings on the families and friends.
    Linda Butler
    Richmond Hill United Church,Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Our hearts go out to you for your loss. God Bless and God’s speed.
    Ersin Kuthluoglu,
    C.C. Shinning Waters Council,
    G.C. 8th Richmond Hill Scout Group,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Our deepest sympathies from the 333rd Markham Scout Group.
    We will miss you!
    Markham, Ontario, Canada.

    My deepest condolences to the families and friends that have lost someone special.
    May your sons rest in peace.
    From Sam,
    York Headwaters Area and 13th Richmond Hill Venture Company,
    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    We know that parting is always hard but hopefully these scouts have “Gone Home” to join all the scouts and guides who have gone before.
    L. Salby.

    My deepest condolences to the victims in Sandy Hook and their families.
    Frank Shi.

  80. 8thbeavers // March 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm // Reply

    I am a junior scout from New Jersey visiting my cousin in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. My cousin has been collecting condolence messages and invited me to join her effort. So here I go; It shocked me how someone could commit such a violent act. I will remember the eight daisy scouts from Sandy Hook as I travel my girl scout journey.
    Tahani Ahmed
    Troop 40265 New Jersey

  81. Elizabeth Esper // April 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm // Reply

    We will be planting 26 red poppies on April 14, 2013 at our school playground. We have 26 watering cans with their 26 names painted on each watering can. We will remember the 26 taken from us by watering 26 seeds of love. We will have Girl Scouts, Tiger Cub Scouts and families watering these seeds of love. Each of them will take their turn honoring them by watering their seed of love. In the center of the red poppies will be a butterfly topiary.

    With all of the love and hugs that one can give from the state of Virginia, our hearts go out to the Newtown Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts with Pack 170 in Newtown.

    Yours in Scouting,

    Elizabeth Esper, Tiger Den Leader for Pack 1158, Ashburn, Virginia

    • What a touching gesture. Please send us pictures of this event for us to post online.

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