The logo for Powahay District is a medicine feather from a Shaman, or Indian medicine man.  The feather is strong medicine for curing and for strength of mind, body and character. Powahay (pronounced po-WA-hay) — was a Chief and last representative of Indians in lower Fairfield County. His name was chosen as our district name to honor the Native Americans that once lived in the communities that make up our district. Learn more about the history of our district here.

Yours in Scouting,

Michael Szarpa, District Chair | Jim Mitchell, District Commissioner | Roger Stewart, District Director | Jim Patterson, District Executive

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District Committee

Adam Terr

Assistant District Commissioner, Operations (Powahay) District Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

Adrian Bethray

Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

Assistant District Commissioner, Norwalk (Powahay) Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

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Andy Karwoski

Committee Member at Large (Powahay) Assistant District Commissioner (Powahay)

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Advancement Chair (Powahay)

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Christina Nathanson

Member at Large (Powahay)

David Yika

Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

Frank DeMasi

Committee Member at Large (Powahay) Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Grant Evans

Youth Protection Chair (Powahay)

Gretchen Orr

Member at Large, Cub Scout Activities (Powahay)

Jim Mitchell

District Commissioner (Powahay)

Jim Patterson

District Executive, Powahay District

Jim Wardwell

Member at Large (Powahay)

Joel DeGray

Scouts BSA Activities & STEM Chair (Powahay)

John Hanks

Vice-Chair, Program (Powahay) Communications lead (Powahay)

Karen Caiati

Registration Specialist (Council) Member at Large (Powahay)

Maury Cabral

Member at Large (Powahay)

Mike Reed

Committee at Large, Activities (Powahay)

District Chairman

Mike can be reached at: 203.957.3046

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Vice Chair, Development

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Vice Chair, Membership

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Chair, Boy Scout Camping & Order of the Arrow Chair, Friends of Scouting

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Chair, Health & Safety

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Chair, Cub Scout Activities

Steve can b reached at: 646.331.6719

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Chair, Family Scouting

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Adam Terr

Assistant District Commissioner, Operations (Powahay) District Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

Assistant District Commissioner, Norwalk (Powahay) Committee Member at Large (Powahay)

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Committee Member at Large (Powahay) Assistant District Commissioner (Powahay)

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Arnold Feintuck

Commissioner (Powahay)

Bill Janocha

Assistant District Commissioner, Stamford (Powahay)

Chick Scribner

Assistant District Commissioner, Darien

Craig Orr

Assistant District Commissioner, Family Scouting (Powahay) District Chairman Emeritus (Powahay)

Craig Schorr

Roundtable Commissioner (Powahay)

Dan Koteen

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Dan Kunetz

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Assistant District Commissioner, Wilton

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Domenic Rauccio

Assistant District Commissioner (Powahay)

Frank DeMasi

Committee Member at Large (Powahay) Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Heath Newman

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

J. Gregory Brannan

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Jeff Helfand

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Jim Garvin

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

Jim Mitchell

District Commissioner (Powahay)

Marc Harrison

Assistant District Commissioner, New Canaan (Powahay)

Mary Ellen Burns

Unit Commissioner (Powahay)

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Powahay District 2019-2020 Activity Highlights

Cub Scout Activities:

  • October 19-20, 2019 — Powahay Cub Scout Field Day. Scouting in 21st Century! Fun back to basic Scouting Skills stations mapped to Required Adventures. Plus… family camping, special entertainment, and more. This event is being held in conjunction with the Scouts BSA Fall Camporee and held at Hoyt Scout Reservation, Redding, CT. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
  • October 16, 2019 — Religious Emblem Fair. No charge, 7 to 8:30 pm St. Marks Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Rd., New Canaan.CLICK HERE MORE INFO
  • November 16, 2019 — Join us for Powahay’s 9th Annual Webelos College. Adventure Pins:  Art Explosion, Adventure in Science, Aware & Care, First Responder, Build A Better World, Build A Hero, Earth Rocks, Engineer, Game Design, Maestro, Moviemaking and Sportsmanship.  Held at Scoffield Middle School Stamford, CT CLICK HERE MORE INFO
  • February 1, 2020 — Cub Scout Polar Bear. A special program on arts, engineering, nature and science. We are back at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center with fun family activities including Indoor and outdoor activities, animals and exhibits, special Webelos program, Planetarium Show and more.
  • March 21, 2020 — Scout Day at the Maritime Aquarium Come enjoy a day of Scout fun at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Activities for all levels of Scouting. Sleepover programs and IMAX Theatre.
  • March 28, 2020 — Powahay District Pinewood Derby Championship Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Each pack can send 3 races from each rank — Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos — up to 15 representatives to race.  In between the races, special family programs and activities at Stepping Stones.
  • May 30-31, 2020 — Powahay/Scatacook Districts Spring Webelos WOW and Cuboree. Another Webelos WOW (Bears and Webelos) and we are adding a Cuboree — Cub Scout Family Camping Weekend For Lions, Tigers, Wolves and siblings.
  • Drop-in Hikes: Introduce your Pack’s families to some of the best hiking trails and nature preserves in and around our District! All hikes start at 3pm. No registration required. No charge to attend. CLICK HERE FOR DATES AND LOCATIONS.

Scouts BSA Troops and Crews:

  • September 15 Fall Ultimate Tournament – Cancelled.  We were unable to find a location.  Ultimate Tournamnet coming to the Fall Camporee.
  • October 18-20, 2019 — Scouts BSA Fall Camporee Hosted by Troop 19/190 Norwalk — CSI: Hoyt — Crime Scout Investigators. A look into Forensic Science and Law Enforcement See how your patrol stacks up against the other patrols in the District in solving the mystery. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
  • November 16, 2019 — Powahay’s 9th Annual Webelos College. Once again we would like to invite a team of older Scouts from each of our troops to teach at the Webelos Adventure College with at least one adult advisor.Volunteer at info@powahay.com.
  • January 24-26, 2020 — Klondike Derby Save the date… Troop 14 Norwalk “Klondike # 4” is coming! The KLONDIKE DERBY gives Scouts a chance to experience the trials and tribulations of the Klondike Trail as well as to enjoy the spirit of accomplishment in a winter setting. In addition, to fun, this is a learning experience and practice in teamwork, leadership, scouting skills and BEING PREPARED!
  • March 21, 2020 — Scout Day at the Maritime Aquarium. Come enjoy a day of Scout fun at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Merit Badges offered are: Environmental Science, Oceanography, and Water Conservation. More info coming.
  • May 15-17, 2020 — Powahay/Scatacook Scouts BSA Spring STEM Camporee. STEM related Merit Badges, Gaming Party, Chess and Ultimate Tournaments are all part of the fun.

Roundtable Schedule September 2019 to January 2020

Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and mini training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy, upcoming events, training opportunities, problem solving, and networking.

  • New Location — Lapham Community Center, At Waveny Park, 633 South Ave., New Canaan Directions at: //laphamcenter.org/welcome_directions.pdf
  • New feature for Roundtable — BSA Safety Moment.  Safety Moments are exactly what the name implies: opportunities to prepare for an activity, review safety measures, and report incidents correctly.

September 4, 2019
New Program Year Kick-off
7 PM Start

Join us for a Round-robin information session including Training, Cub Activities, Troop/Crew Activities, Membership, Popcorn, Advancement, FOS, and Commissioner Service — Units should send at least two representatives because there will be so many tools, information and resources that one person can’t digest it all!

Joint Session: BSA Safety Moments: Roadside Fatality-Austin’s Story. Transporting Scouts safely
Split Sessions:

  • Cub Scout Packs: Fall Recruiting, Fall activities, hiking, and using monthly meeting themes.
  • Scouts BSA/Crews: Fall Camporee, Recruitment events, Youth Leader Training and advancement updates.

October 2, 2019

Recruiting & Fall Programs

7:00 PM Gathering, 7:15 Opening, 8:30 Closing

 Featuring a town-meeting Session finalizing Fall Recruitment.

Joint Session:

  • BSA Safety Moments:  Violent Intruder:  A violent intruder is an individual attempting to hurt, or to kill people in a confined and populated area.
  • Religious Emblem Fair
  • Rechartering Review

Split Session (abbreviated):

  • Cub Scout Packs:  Cub Scout Field Day Planning and Webelos College
  • Scouts BSA/Crews:  Fall Camporee & SPL Planning

Town Meetings:

  • Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton.

November 6, 2019

Let’s Talk Safety

7:00 PM Gathering, 7:15 Opening, 8:30 Closing

  We will have an expanded joint session on Safety with a few BSA Safety Moments:

  • Unauthorized & Restricted Activities
  • Safe Use of Medication in Scouting
  • Guide to Safe Scouting
  • Communicable Disease Prevention

Split Session

  • Cub Scout Packs: Pack Operation Best Practices
  • Scouts BSA/Crews:  Boards of Review and Scoutmaster Conference, Webelos to Scouts — Troop visitations. Pioneering Resources
  • Rechartering Help to units provided by the commissioners.

December 4, 2019

Happy Cybering

7:00 PM Gathering, 7:15 Opening, 8:30 Closing

Join session will include websites and social media use.

BSA Safety Moments:

  • Cyber Safety for Youth
  • Scouts First Helpline:  Scouts First Helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1) a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk.

Split Session

  • Cub Scout Packs: Blue and Gold Dinner, Pack Courts of Honor
  • Scouts BSA/Crews:  Klondike Derby Planning, Order of the Arrow Unit elections, and Troop Meeting Agenda-Group Instructions, Skills Instruction.

January 8, 2020

Winter Fun

7:00 PM Gathering, 7:15 Opening, 8:30 Closing

Let’s be prepared for fun and safe winter activities. BSA Safety Moments: Winter Sports and Winter Activities: Essential ingredients for fun include skill training and an awareness of the hazards unique to these activities.

Split Session:

  • Cub Scout Packs:  Polar Bear Information Meeting, Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath planning, Successful Derbies
  • Scouts BSA/Crews:  Klondike Derby planning — SPL invited. Coaching and Guiding Youth Leaders in your Boy Led Troop.

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Questions:  info@powahay.com

Roundtable Staff:

  • Jim Mitchell District Commissioner
  • John Hanks Acting Roundtable Commissioner (Position Open)
  • Steve Prostor Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
  • Craig Schorr Scouts BSA RT Commissioner
  • William Shannon Scouts BSA RT Commissioner
  • Cindy Allen Cub Training