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Troop 76 has an accomplished group of both adult and scout leaders.  Troop 76 prides itself on being scout lead with adult guidance.  This approach teaches young scouts to take full responsibility for their roles within the troop and as a result they develop a strong sense of self confidence in their leadership skills.  Below is a list of some key individuals that fulfill significant leadership roles within our troop.


Dan Carr

Dan has been Scoutmaster since 2009. Before that, he advised the troop's Venture Patrol and coordinated the Den Chief program. He has guided troop high adventure canoe trips in New York's Adirondacks and Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and in summer 2012 backpacked Philmont Scout Ranch with 23 other scouts and adults from the troop. Dan also co-created the troop's annual winter mountaineering/backpacking trip to the White Mountains, culminating in the Ventures' successful ascents of Mt. Washington (twice) and Mt. Adams and Madison. Dan's sons Ryan (Eagle) and Tim (1st Class) are active in the troop. Both are alums of Pack 76. Dan is Woodbadge trained.

  David Zell
(Asst. Scoutmater, Rank Advancement Coordinator)
 Mr. Zell has served as the rank advancement coordinator for troop 76 since 2012. He has helped with summer camp merit badge sing up as well as facilitating scout board of reviews since becoming a committee member. In addition to his work with the committee, Mr, Zell regularly attends troop camp-outs with his son who is now an Life scout. He enjoys swimming, hiking, biking and is a certified open water diver.

Mr. Zell is also certified in CPR, First aid and use of an AED. He earned a BS in Marketing from Central CT University, a Master's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Project Manager Certificate from Boston University. Mr Zell is currently working for QBE insurance as a VP underwriting lead in the specialty lines programs unit.


Jay Jedlicka

Jay has been with Troop 76 since his son crossed-over from Webelos in 2004.  As a participating committee member, he has been active in the troop supporting camp outs, service activities, and most recently our Sea Base High Adventure trip.  Early on, he became involved in the Board of Reviews and took pride in seeing the boys progress through the ranks.  In 2007, this led Jay to accept the committee position to run the troop's rigorous Eagle Rank Advancement process.  A Life Scout himself and having his son attain Eagle in 2010, Jay knows the importance of the Trail-to-Eagle.  He is District-trained for this position and duly fulfills the Eagle Rank Advancement Coordinator post by giving every Life Scout in the troop the opportunity to earn the highest rank in scouting.


Robert Johns
(Asst. Scoutmaster)

Robert has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 76 for a number of years.  He is the adviser to the troop's Guide Program, in which older Scouts provide advancement assistance to the Patrol Leaders and Scouts.  His enthusiasm for knot-tying, both useful and arcane, has been infectious.  Among his various other contributions to the troop are his leadership of the annual "Mission Impossible" winter camp-out each January (a troop favorite that includes winter shelter building), and the District Klondike Derby in February.  He is also actively involved in District training, including the BALOO outdoor skills training program for Webelos leaders.  Robert and his son Austin are both Eagle Scouts, with Austin earning Scouting's highest award with Troop 76 in 2002.

Gary Lungarini
(Asst. Scoutmaster)

Gary is a former Cub Scout Den Leader with Pack 76 and Assistant Scoutmaster for the last 5 years and Venture Adult Leader in Troop 76. He is SOLO Wilderness First Aid Trained and led several camping/hiking trips. He is an avid fisherman, skier and loves to snorkel. He has hiked Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Mt. Greylock, Philmont and SCUBA at Seabase Scout reserve. His son, Nate is a Eagle Scout and was the 2010-2011 Senior Patrol Leader.

 Harry Starrett
(Asst. Scoutmaster)

Harry, an Eagle Scout, is a former Cub Scout Den Leader with Pack 276 and has been an Assistant Scoutmaster for the last 3 years in Troop 76. He is currently heading up Outdoor Planning for the Troop. He is fully Trained and has led a number of camping/hiking trips including the December Pioneering Adventure at American Legion State Forest. He is an avid hiker, camper, skier and tennis player. His son, Cole, is a Life Scout and troop Quartermaster.
Chris Weiland


 Fred Lorenzen
(Asst. Scoutmaster)

Fred has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 76 since 2004. With over 50 years of camping experience, he is also skilled in many other activities such as canoeing, orienteering, cross country skiing, and spending money on outdoor gear. In addition to leading many local trips, Fred co-lead an extended canoeing trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in northern Maine in 2009, and a backcountry trek at the BSA’s premier high adventure base, the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2010. Fred completed Wood Badge, BSA’s advanced leadership training program for adult leaders, and is trained in Wilderness First Aid. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in his younger years, and then served as a Den Leader and Cubmaster at Pack 175 in Simsbury before joining Troop 76. Fred’s son Bill earned the Eagle rank in 2010.




Todd Bailey
(Scoutmaster Emeritus)

Todd served five years as Scoutmaster of Troop 76.  Todd established the troop's High Adventure program, and has led week-long trips to Paria Canyon and the Grand Canyon.  He is an active hiker, backpacker, bicyclist, and whitewater kayaker.  Twenty-two scouts earned Eagle rank during his tenure, including his two sons who recently rode their bikes across the country from Oregon to Virginia.  Todd is active at the First Church of Christ, the troop's sponsoring organization, and with the Friends of Camp Mattatuck, where the troop spends summer camp.

 Richard Gugliemetti
(Scoutmaster Emeritus)

Mr. G is a former Scoutmaster serving 2 times.  He is currently the District Advancement Chairman and reviews all of the Eagle projects in the District.  His son Matthew is a Troop 76 Eagle -- one of 60 boys who achieved the honor during Mr. G's tenure as Scoutmaster.
Paul Sullivan  

Jason Boyd

Joan DeGrandis

 Joan is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 76 since 2014.  She is a former Cub Scout Den Leader (all ranks) and Cubmaster with Pack 175.  She is a trained BSA leader.  Her scouting experience began as a Girl Scout.  She serves as merit badge councilor for cooking, genealogy and first aid.   She is our first leader to hammock camp during winter camping trips.  As a Register Nurse her background includes emergency room and intensive care.  Each summer she is a Scout Camp Nurse and is trained in CPR/AED and First Aid.  Interest include:  camping, camp fires, skiing, gardening, history, organization management, and light houses.  She is a genealogist and teaches natural health options with essential oils.  Her son, Anthony, has just finished his Star Scout requirements and is entering 9th grade.  He has served as a Patrol leader and is an avid fisherman.
  John MundtJohn has been active with Troop 76 since his son Jack crossed over in 2007, and he has served as troop committee chairman since 2013. John served as an adult adviser on a 2014 Philmont trek and he received his Wood Badge beads and kilt in 2015. His proudest moments in scouting were watching scouts from the troop laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, and placing the Eagle Scout neckerchief on Jack in 2016. As an active outdoorsman, he often brings a fly rod with him on campouts. He loves winter camping the most as there are no bugs out.