CONNECTICUT MASONIC SCOUTERS ASSOCIATION
The Connecticut Masonic Scouters Association (CMSA) is a group of Connecticut Masons and Scouters coming together in the bonds of Freemasonry and Scouting to promote and build upon the long standing positive relationship between Freemasonry and the Boy Scouts of America.
The goal of CMSA is to bring Connecticut adult Scouters and Freemasons together for the purpose of enjoying our common values and to promote noteworthy activities while upholding the tenets of Freemasonry.
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 by our Masonic Brothers Daniel Carter Beard, William D. Boyce and James E. West, along with Mr. Ernest Thompson Seton. These founding fathers succeeded in creating one of America’s finest youth organizations by introducing the values of Freemasonry which include good citizenship, patriotism, morality, loyalty, kindness, obedience, courage, and reverence. They also included teaching the skills of teamwork, management, leadership, effective communication, the ability to set and achieve long-range goals, and the value of brotherhood with men of strong character.
The Boy Scouts of America produce many young men, including Eagle Scouts, who may become members and leaders in our great Fraternity. The values of Freemasonry and Scouting are immensely complementary.
JOINT COMMUNITY SERVICE
CMSA’s joint community service projects have proven to be very successful and include the Warm Coat Drive for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army, the CMSA Food Drives for needy families, and the collection of aluminum can tabs in support of the Tabs for Tots program for Masonic charities.
CMSA also encourages all Masonic organizations to serve as charter organizations for Scout units. Additionally, CMSA encourages Scouts and adult Scouters to serve as volunteers at Masonicare at Newtown and Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford. CMSA also encourage Masonic Scouters and their Blue Lodges to assist at CTCHIP events for local Cub Scouts and their families at major Scouting events.
For Eagle Scout Project information, click here.
CMSA’s most prestigious public exposure is at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor when the Eagle Scout Commendation Award and Letter of Congratulations are presented to the recipient. The Eagle Scout Commendation Award is from CMSA and the Grand Lodge of Connecticut. The Letter of Congratulations is from the Most Worshipful Grand Master. The ESCA and Letter of Congratulations are reserved for new Connecticut Eagle Scouts only.
The Eagle Scout Commendation Award (ESCA) may be requested for a new Eagle Scout by completing and submitting the ESCA Application Form. RequestForm2021PDFform
Please allow three to four weeks for processing.
Upon request CMSA will assist the recommender in coordinating the Daniel Carter Beard Award. CMSA wishes to have a presence at the formal presentation of this award and will also assist in arranging the presentation if requested by the recommender. For Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award information,
Connecticut Masonic Scouters Association
We are planning for the 2022 banquet and the 2022 camp degree.
Saturday, August 28, 2021; 5:30 p.m.
Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation
278 West Side Road, Goshen, Connecticut
An Entered Apprentice Degree performed in a secluded forest location
by Scouters in full uniform.
All Freemasons in good standing in regular Masonic lodges are
welcome to attend. Those registered in Scouting are encouraged to be
in full BSA uniform. All others should dress comfortably for the
outdoors. Bring an apron, current lodge dues card and camp chair.
A steak dinner will be served prior to the degree. Any wishing to camp
overnight following the degree may bring a tent.
All attendees will receive a special limited-edition Camp Degree patch.
Reservation forms and payment must be received by August 14.
Walk-ins not permitted.
For reservation form Click here