By Angela Barbosa
With principles founded on trustworthiness, loyalty and bravery, and on values that put community and family first, the Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Yankee Council are committed to giving young people the tools and experience, the knowledge and faith to make the world a better place. Every year, they choose individuals who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to be the recipients of the Greater Danbury Good Scout Award.
In September, over 100 guests gathered at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury to honor the 2015 award recipients: Daniel Carter, CT General Assembly State Representative; Dr. Jack Fong, Fairfield and Danbury Schools Medical Pediatric Advisor; and Deacon William Murphy of St. Gregory the Great R.C. Church.
“We’re very pleased to be able to bestow that honor on three outstanding individuals for their understanding of the importance of setting an example, and investing in programs for young people in the local community,” said Dr. John Gelinas, BSA Connecticut Yankee Council’s District Chair and the MC at the 25th Annual Greater Danbury Good Scout Award luncheon.
State Representative Janice Giegler presented the special recognition award to Dan Carter, highlighting that Carter serves the second year term of three as state representative of the second general assembly district, which represents Danbury, Bethel, Redding and Newtown. He received his Eagle Scout award in 1983, and served as a tiger cub leader in Connecticut and an assistant scout leader while living in North Carolina.
“Scouting is certainly important and it was what gave me my moral compass because most of you don’t believe a politician has a moral compass,” said Rep. Carter, smiling to the crowd, adding, “But what I will say is that scouting really has made me who I am today.”
The second Good Scout Award recipient, Dr. Jack Fong, is the school medical advisor of Danbury public schools and New Fairfield public schools. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Fong was born in Hong Kong. During his formative years at Dyson Boys School, he joined the Boy Scouts troop 21 at the local YMCA. He was awarded the Queen’s Scout badge in 1959, the equivalent of the Eagle Scout rank in the United States.
In accepting his award, Deacon Murphy said, “I want to thank you for this recognition. I want to
thank all those who make scouting possible both in this area and throughout the United States.
Dr. Fong said he wasn’t here to sell anything. I think we’re all called to sell scouting, to sell those
benefits to all those around. Again, thank you, and God bless you.”
The Connecticut Yankee Council is the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, providing programs and services to more than 12,800 young people and 4,200 volunteers in Fairfield, New Haven and parts of Hartford counties in Connecticut. The Council is led by a volunteer executive board of community and business leaders. For more information, visit http://www.ctyankee.org.
Dr. John Gelinas, BSA Connecticut Yankee Council’s District Chair, Bou Scouts