Shelton High grad going on 42-mile run Saturday to boost the Valley’s Boy Scout camp

Kyle Casiglio plans to run 42 miles from Shelton to Goshen, in upstate Connecticut, this Saturday to raise money for the local Boy Scout council’s outdoor camp.

The 2010 Shelton High School graduate will begin his journey at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) in downtown Shelton, and then head north to the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, just north of Litchfield.

He is soliciting pledges in order to raise money for the refurbishment of the outdoor camp's kitchen, which serves hundreds of Scouts each summer from the Housatonic Council of Boy Scouts and elsewhere. The local Scout council covers Shelton and the rest of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Those interested in helping this fund-raising effort can make a pledge online at:

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

In addition to Shelton, the Housatonic Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. It was formed in the early 1920s.

Its mission “is to prepare young people of the Lower Nautatuck Valley, with the help of people of all ages, to make ethical choices over their lifetime, based on the Scout Oath and Law.”

The council owns Camp Strang, a 187-acre facility that borders a lake in Litchfield County, where it operates a summer camp and holds year-round activities.

“Camping is the great outdoor experience of Scouting,” according to Camp Strang publicity material. “As a Scout becomes at home in the outdoors, he unconsciously absorbs some of the greatness of nature itself — the stillness of the forest, the merriment of the mountain stream, the breath of the ocean, the freedom of the sky, the clearness of the wild, and the beauty of the sunset.”