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Lighthouse District - 2018 Lighthouse District Dinner Posted Apr. 23, 2018
Lighthouse District Annual Recognition

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Dining Hall at Deer Lake Scout Reservation
6:30 Doors Open
6:45 Dinner & Awards Ceremony

$30 per person by June 8, 2018
Sorry - Walk-ins not accepted due to catering arrangements!

All Scouters - Please join us Tuesday, June 12, 2018, as we salute the Scouting volunteers of Lighthouse District, Connecticut Yankee Council. You won’t want to miss this event as we recognize Scouters at the unit and district levels with the District Award of Merit, Shining Star Awards, and more! So come dressed in your best Class A uniform and spend the evening celebrating with your fellow Scouters. Questions - please call or email Stan Malinowski, Lighthouse District Dinner Chair at 203-401-1762 or Stan.Malinowski@snet.net .
More Information Questions - Contact Stan Malinowski
East Field (LH, SG, WV) - Spring Fling, from the ground up Posted Apr. 22, 2018
Spring Fling "from the ground up"
April 29th from 1-5pm at the North Haven Fairgrounds

Come see how things are done "from the ground up", Venture Crews 32 & 007 along with 4-H, Girl Scouts, North Haven Fire, North Haven Fair Association are hosting activities

Fun family event with free games, crafts and demonstrations showcasing agriculture, gardening and warm weather outdoor activities

entrance to the event is donations to the North Haven Food summer program

see more information
More Information Questions - Contact Mike Kennedy
Activities - ConnJam 2018 Posted Apr. 3, 2018
Attention Packs, Troops, Crews & Posts!
Countdown to ConnJam18
May 11-13, 2018
Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT

Join over 3,000 Scouts, leaders and parents for a weekend filled to the brim with activities for every age group capped off with a rockin' arena show and fireworks. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers are invited. Camp or just come for the day. Registration is just $25.00 for youth and adults.
More Information Questions - Contact Ray Moncevicius
Training - 2018 LNT Trainer Course Posted Apr. 10, 2018
Does your District have a Leave No Trace Trainer?

Connecticut Yankee Council
Leave No Trace 16 hour Trainer Course
May 19-20, 2018 Wah Wah Tay See, Hamden, CT

The Leave No Trace Trainer helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills. The course covers the seven Leave No Trace principles and teaching techniques to enable you to teach others.

Course Coordinators- Keith Spaar and Tom O’Brien

Cost - $45 does not include meals

Course size Minimum 5 and a Maximum of 14

Included in course

LNT Trainer Participant Packets from lnt.org

LNT Resource DVD and LNT Trainer Pin
No experience necessary but Trainers Edge is helpful
Course is open to adult leaders and scouts 14+ years and 1st Class- Scoutmaster permission required

Course qualifies for youth leader position of Outdoors Ethics Guide\LNT Trainer

Participants are required to teach one of the LNT principles.

Participants are encouraged to support future trainer courses and events.

Participants will be placed in 2 Patrols: Frontcountry and Backcountry
Meals will be covered by the patrols. Some gear will be available.

BSA Medical Form Part A/B required.

Register online at http://www.ctyankee.org//webpay/event/new/?form=000136

For more in depth class information contact Keith Spaar kasparton@gmail.com or Tom O’Brien tlobrien@sbcglobal.net .

For more Leave No Trace information go to www.lnt.org.
More Information Questions - Contact Keith Spaar
Activities - ConnJam Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Posted Apr. 10, 2018
Troops & Crews: Get Your Ultimate Team in place for ConnJam!
ConnJam Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
Saturday, May 12 at ConnJam

Ultimate is a fun, fast-paced team sport that combines the nonstop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football using a flying disc. Ultimate relies on sportsmanship, invoking the "Spirit of the Game" to maintain fair play. The honor system works in ultimate, just like in Scouting. Typically, there are no officials. Players are responsible for playing fair, calling their own fouls, and making their own out-of-bounds calls. Join us for a USA ULTIMATE approved tournament. We’re setting this up as a youth run event. Click more information to sign up a team.
More Information Questions - Contact ConnJam Program
Training - Powder Horn 2018 Posted Apr. 10, 2018
High Adventure Resource Management Training
Camp Sequassen
8:30 AM Friday, September 28 to
5:00 PM Sunday, September 30

- Open to adult leaders and youth members 14 years of age and older
- Provides an introduction to resources necessary to for a successful high adventure program for Boy Scouts & Venturers
- Helps leaders to safely conduct fun and challenging outdoor activities
- Learn about the health and safety requirements, rules and regulations of the BSA as they apply to outdoor programs
- Learn the skills and resources necessary to operate an outdoor program
More Information Questions - Contact Caroline Griffin
Activities - ConnJam Chess Tournament Posted Apr. 2, 2018
ConnJam is offering United States Chess Federation (USCF) Ranked and Non-ranked Tournaments for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Ventures. Join us at ConnJam for an exciting Chess program! There are no age restrictions, but players must have game playing experience. This is not for beginners. Parents are not permitted to coach and/or assist their son/daughter in play. Each youth must be ConnJam registered with their unit or paid individually to play in the tournament. Advance sign up required by May 7 or 100 sign ups — whichever comes first. Click more information to register for the Chess Tournament.
More Information Questions - Contact ConnJam Program
Training - Updated Youth Protection Training Posted Apr. 10, 2018
March 8, 2018
BSA Announces Updated YPT Now Available

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

These changes include:

- Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
- An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
- Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
- Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

More Information at the link below.
More Information Questions - Contact Ray Pflomm
Activities - Building Trades Merit Badge Workshop Posted Mar. 26, 2018
This is a Merit Badge Workshop centered on the building trades. It is designed to expose Scouts to merit badges that may not be easily accessible in their home troop. Scouts use technology available at the Meriden Training Facility and work alongside Union Tradesmen to earn two merit badges. All Merit Badge Counselors are registered and trained. The workshop offers the following merit badges: American Labor, Architecture, Electricity, Engineering, Metalwork, Painting, Plumbing, Surveying, Welding and Woodwork.

Registration opens on April 2, 2018.
More Information Questions - Contact Jim Patterson
Activities - Scout Day with the NY Yankees Posted Feb. 16, 2018
New York Yankees vs the Cleveland Indians
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Join us for the 2nd Annual CT Yankee Council day at the Yankees. Tickets for the May 5th game vs. the Cleveland Indians will be in Section 205 and are $40/each. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Friends of Scouting.

More Information Questions - Contact Mike Szarpa
Activities - Hike the Appalachian Trail Posted Apr. 10, 2018
The Appalachian Trail runs though our own backyard, and is a wonderful source for high adventure trips. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has put together an excellent information page for scout troops interested in hiking the AT.
More Information Questions - Contact Info CTYankee
Lighthouse District - LH District Award of Merit Recipients Posted Sep. 26, 2017
The Lighthouse District Award of Merit is an annual recognition for exemplary service to Scouting in the District. Nominations are accepted each year to select one or more candidates to receive this honor. Please click the More Information link to see the list of awardees from 1977 to date. Know a worthy Scouter who isn't on the list? Nominate him or her next spring!
More Information Questions - Contact Stan Malinowski
Activities - Quinnipiac Dancers Posted Apr. 10, 2018

The Quinnipiac Dancers, the Council’s Order of the Arrow Native American dancers, can help you with their interpretations of Indian culture through their songs, dance and outfits. We can tailor our performances to your group’s needs.

- Authentic Native American Dance Interpretations.
- Live Native American music.
- Audience participation.
- Handmade outfits depicting modern American Indian pow wow dancers.
- Feathers, bells and beads on flashy colorful outfits.
- All dancers are youth members of our Order of the Arrow Lodge, Owaneco 313.

We will take bookings on a first come first serve basis. Call or email early as the openings fill quickly.

For bookings or further information contact: John
Quimby: 203-248-1556 or johnboat1@hotmail.com
More Information Questions - Contact John Quimby