Yawgoog Alumni Association Secretary Warren Cyr may be 76, but shows no signs of slowing down.
District commissioner of the Hockanum River District of the Connecticut Rivers Council, Cyr was honored with a Silver Beaver award in May of 2016. A former camp master, he served in the mid-1980s with Larry Jetty with Boy Scout Troop 39 in Marlborough, Connecticut.
Cyr has fond memories of camp.
“In 1978, we were on a 50-mile hike. We landed on the parade field, and it was quite an experience … 1,200 Scouts cheering us on,” he said.
For Cyr, Scouting is all around. His sons, Daniel and Michael, both achieved Eagle Scout. Daniel served on the staff at Camp Yawgoog. In fact, Warren recently discovered, in fact, that the name, Cyr, which is Seyer, means “Scout” in Hebrew.
Having your surname mean “Scout” is fitting for a man who is the curator/owner of Oakledge Reservation Boy Scout Museum, which was relocated to Middletown this year. (He has his original compass from 1952 and other items on display).
Though an ordained Catholic deacon, he has written a book about Jewish concepts and beliefs. He calls himself a Hebrew in the Catholic Church. He kayaks, plays guitar, and has even met the late Johnny Cash.
With a life full of varied experiences, however, for Cyr it always comes back to Scouting.
“I have no time to write memoirs,” he said. “I’m having too much fun.”