Scout Troop 63 founder, volunteer fireman honored
WOODBRIDGE >> First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized Charlie Whiting, Scoutmaster, volunteer firefghter and retired town employee, as April’s Woodbridge Person of the Month.
The recognition program spotlights the residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents.
• Scoutmaster: Whiting, a lifelong town resident, founded Woodbridge’s Troop 63, Boy Scouts of America, in 1963. Since then he has served as Scoutmaster, mentor, counselor, guide and friend to hundreds of boys as he guides them from young Cub Scouts to mature Eagle Scouts.
Troop 63 is one of the oldest troops in the Connecticut Yankee Council.
It is known as the “outdoor troop” and outings include all types of camping, hiking, backpacking, skiing, canoe trips, white-water rafting as well as cultural events such as visits to historical parks and monuments in addition to community service projects.
“Charlie has done so much to contribute to the quality of life in Woodbridge, including guiding and inspiring our young men, protecting our residents and organizing town employees,” said Scalettar. “Woodbridge would be a very different place without him.”
Whiting will turn 88 this month and has decided to start slowing down. In February, for the last time, Whiting served as master of ceremonies during the “Crossing Over” ceremony that marks a Cub Scout’s transition to a Boy Scout.
Whiting has also been instrumental in the Boy Scout annual fundraiser sale of Christmas trees.
• Volunteer firefighter: Whiting has been a member of the Volunteer Fire Department since 1948 and served as assistant fire chief, 1983-1985.
• Town employee: Whiting worked 32 years for the town Highway Department, retiring in 1995.
During that time he helped start the town’s labor union and was one of two Highway Department employees who responded to fire calls.
If you know a Woodbridge employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, you may nominate that person for the award by contacting Betsy Yagla at email@example.com or 203-389-3403.