Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The school shooting in Connecticut has hit the scouting family hard. Two of the victims were Tiger Cub Scouts, and three other families with scouting ties lost children at the school. In addition to keeping the families in their thoughts, Central New York scouting leaders are heading out first thing in the morning to show their support.
Seven-year-old Chase Kowalski and six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler were new Tiger Cub Scouts with pack 170 in the Connecticut Yankee Council.
When Benjamin is laid to rest Thursday, a contingent of Boy Scout leaders from Central and Northern New York will be there.
“It’s a good representation of Longhouse Council. It’s going to be a tough day, but Scouts stick together,” said Longhouse Council Vice President Scott Armstrong. “We want their leaders to mourn. We want their leaders to heal as best they can and honor the kids they know personally, so we're offering to take over with the organization and logistics of what's expected to be a large group of scouts,” Armstrong told NewsChannel 9.
There was no hesitation about making the journey and local leaders have offered to help with the large crowd that’s expected.