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Training - CYC University of Scouting Posted Feb. 26, 2015
Connecticut Yankee Council is proud to present our new University of Scouting.

Saturday, March 7, 2015. 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield

This supplemental training event is designed for adult scouting leaders (and Venture age youth). Here you can find a wide variety of training opportunities, across all program areas. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran, the University of Scouting will provide engaging and informative courses in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, General Studies, and a Commissioners College. Participants will enhance their Scouting & leadership skills to create a better Scouting experience for the youth in their program.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
Activities - Scout Day With The Harlem Globetrotters Posted Dec. 31, 2014
Scout Day with The Harlem Globetrotters
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 7:00pm
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Tickets - $20 each
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
Training - CYC Commissioners' College Posted Feb. 26, 2015
Connecticut Yankee Council is proud to present our new Commissioners' College, as part of the University of Scouting.

Saturday, March 7, 2015. 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield

Commissioner College is one of the best ways for commissioners to get continuing education in their critical role. It is modeled after a traditional college, with course requirements leading to Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate "degrees" in Commissioner Science.

For all current and future commissioners, including:
- Unit Commissioners
- District Commissioners & Assistant District Commissioners
- Roundtable Commissioners & Assistant Commissioners
- Other Commissioners and Interested Scouters
More Information Questions - Contact Charles Blanchette
Fundraising - BOURBON & BBQ PAIRING Posted Feb. 25, 2015
Join us for a BOURBON & BBQ pairing presented by Patrick Monteleone and Renzo Kian, Spirits Specialists from Harry's Wine & Liquor Market, Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Milford Masonic Building. Just a two minute walk from the Milford Train Station! Evening Fare includes a five course meal with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery pairings for each course.
More Information Questions - Contact Elsie Hemmings
Activities - Scout Night at Monster Jam Posted Dec. 31, 2014
CT Yankee Council Discount Offer:
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm
Price: $14.50 per person
Place: Webster Bank Arena | 600 Main Street | Bridgeport
*Attendees may wish to bring ear plugs*
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
Training - Trainer's EDGE Posted Feb. 24, 2015
Hone your skills as a trainer by joining us for our Trainer's EDGE course on Saturday, March 21.

Trainer's EDGE uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of "learning by doing." Sessions demonstrate good training methods, and give participants a chance to interact and practice what they have learned. the course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands on experience in methods and media. Please come in full uniform and bring a bag lunch and writing implements.

This course is offered only once a year, so don't miss this opportunity.
More Information Questions - Contact Gene Waring
News - ConnJam '15 Posted Jan. 28, 2015
Do you have plans for May 15-17, 2015? If they don't include attending the Connecticut Yankee Council's ConnJam 2015, you're going to miss out on something big! ConnJam is Connecticut Yankee’s council-wide camporee for all levels of Scouts – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, See Scouts, and Explorers. All Scouts from throughout the council are invited and encouraged to attend, it is an event not to miss! Troops, crews, ships and posts attend and camp as a unit. Cub scouts can register and camp as a pack, a den, or a family. Day visitor passes will also be available.

Planning has already begun on putting together this incredible program, bigger and better than the last, and we expect to have over 4,000 Scouts, Scouters, parents and guests in attendance. If you've got ideas of what you'd like to see or would like to be a part of the planning committee, email Chairman Mike Card at connjamchair@ctyankee.org . To learn more about ConnJam 2015, visit the website at www.ctyankee.org/connjam for up to date information.
More Information Questions - Contact Michael Card
Fundraising - Double Your Donation to Scouting Posted Jan. 13, 2015
Increasing fundraising from matching gifts isn’t rocket science. Last year we received 64 matching gifts (out of over 2,500 gifts to FOS) which helped us raise $35,000. We know many of our donors work for companies with matching gift programs and we’ve set a goal of raising $90,000 from these programs. Exceeding our goal allows us to expand our high quality Scouting programs in our service area.

You can immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed corporate giving information about your employer by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs at www.ctyankee.org/matchmygift.

We provide you with as much of the following as possible:
* Up-to-date company policies
* Minimum volunteer hours required
* Printed forms or links to the online submission process
* Our nonprofit’s contact information (Tax ID, address, fundraising contact)

If your company isn’t listed, make sure to check with HR as there are many additional companies out there who offer volunteer grant programs. We wish we could submit the required form for you, but unfortunately the employee must submit it. We appreciate you taking five minutes to double your donation.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Training - BALOO Posted Feb. 26, 2015
March 7, 2015 - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield

Cub Scout BALOO Training is being offered at University of Scouting. Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
News - Game Dinner Fund Raiser Posted Feb. 20, 2015
Game Dinner Fund Raiser

May 30, 2015

Deer Lake Dining Hall
101 Paper Mill Rd
Killingworth, CT

Tickets $35 ea

Great Raffle Prizes

more details to follow

More Information Questions - Contact Michael Kennedy
Training - Den Chief Training at UoS Posted Feb. 26, 2015
Den Chief Training is being offered at the same time as the University of Scouting. All Scouts who are interested in being a Den Chief should take this course.

Cost: $10.00 (includes a Den Chief Handbook)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
More Information Questions - Contact Gene Waring
Activities - Sequassen Needs Your Support Posted Feb. 8, 2015
Yep! it’s time to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the chance to support your camp during the upcoming one day Major Work Party - May 9, 2015. Scouters (18 and older) are encouraged to come, skilled or handy or just plan willing, there will be something for everyone!
More Information Questions - Contact Patrick Maxim
Fundraising - Your Amazon Purchase Supports Scouting Posted Jan. 3, 2015
When was the last time you made an Amazon purchase? Did you use this link: www.ctyankee.org/amazon? If you did, thank you for helping us earn over $1200 in December. If not, make sure you bookmark the link so that 5% or more of your purchase can support Scouting with no impact on you at all.

Your purchasing privacy remains secure, but the impact of your purchase through www.ctyankee.org/amazon makes a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in our Council.

Hint: you know you're in the right place if you see "http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=ctyankee-20" in the browser URL. Amazon Smile supports us too, but that only gives us 0.5% vs 5% through our affiliate link.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Training - Sea Scout Leader Training Posted Feb. 12, 2015
Attention Sea Scout Leaders: Sea Scout Leader Training, originally scheduled for March 7, 2015 at the University of Scouting has been POSTPONED until later in the spring.

Please check on the Council Training Course Catalog web page in mid March for the new date and location. Thank you.
  Questions - Contact Nora Slanski
Activities - 29th Annual Fishing Derby Posted Jan. 29, 2015
Usher in Spring with a Saturday of fishing at picturesque Deer Lake. Choose April 4 or April 11 (or both!) to get a head start on the fishing season fishing in the Deer Lake lagoon stocked with trout. Start your day off right with a pancake breakfast served in the dining hall and then stake out your spot on the shore for a morning enticing fish to take the bait.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Boston Science Museum Overnight Posted Dec. 4, 2014
Spots are filling up for the Boston Science Museum Overnight!! This is a truly awesome Pack overnight! Contact Cindy Pepe today for information on how to reserve your spots today!
More Information Questions - Contact Cindy Pepe
News - CYC Amazon Smile Results Posted Feb. 1, 2015
In addition to the funds we raised as an affiliate of Amazon.com, the Council also raised over $300 through the Amazon Smile program in 2014, including about $75 to $100 between October and December.

That’s the good news.

The better news is this: if these shoppers had used the Amazon.com affiliate web link instead of the Amazon Smile web link, the Council would have raised TEN TIMES the amount, or between $750 and $1,000.

Please spread the word. Tell your friends and family. Use the NEW Amazon.com web link, and increase the financial support of our Council TEN FOLD. It’s free, confidential, and directly supports our youth.

http://www.ctyankee.org/amazon
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
Activities - 2015 Merit Badge College Posted Nov. 25, 2014
Registration for the 2015 Merit Badge College is now open to all Scouts First Class and above as of December 20, 2014. Don't delay because registration closes on or before December 22 if capacity is reached.

The Merit Badge College is held at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. Registration of $20 per Scout includes Merit Badge Pamphlets and Merit Badge College Patch. No refunds after class assignment.

January 31, 2015 Classes 9 a.m. – noon
February 7, 2015 Classes 9 a.m. – noon
February 21, 2015 Classes 9 a.m. – noon
February 28, 2015 Classes 9 a.m. – noon
March 7, 2015 Snow Make-up 9 a.m. - noon

Follow the link for "More Information" below to register online today.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Andersen
Activities - Great Upcoming Events at Sound Tigers Posted Oct. 16, 2014
We are proud to partner with the Webster Bank Arena in providing high quality experiences and opportunities to our Scout families. There is always a lot happening at the Arena including the Scout Overnight on January 31. Here's a calendar of other upcoming events. For information including special Scout rates on non-UCONN games, contact John Reis.

10/21 UCONN Hockey v. Quinnipiac Hockey
12/19 UCONN Women’s Basketball v DePaul
12/22 UCONN Men’s Basketball v Columbia
1/6 UCONN Hockey v. Colorado State
1/9 Disney on Ice
1/18 UCONN Hockey v Notre Dame
1/31 Bridgeport Sound Tigers v. Portland Pirates Sleepover Night (See form on calendar entry)
2/20 Harlem Globetrotters
3/6 Monster Jam
  Questions - Contact John Reis
Activities - Boston Science Museum Overnight Posted Oct. 3, 2014
Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA
2014-15 Cub Scout Overnight at the Boston Science Museum


Program Includes:
- NEW!!! The Hall of Human Life
- Science Theater Welcome production
- Staff led hands-on science activities
- Late night LIGHTNING presentation
- Planetarium & Omni Theater show


Prior to the start of the program, a light snack will be provided. The next morning, Scouts will be provided with a continental breakfast. Dinner is not provided. All Scouts that participate will receive an event patch and free Re-Admission Pass good through the end of 2015.

This is an AWESOME event - spots are already filling up and will be gone before you know it!

Sign up today!

More Information Questions - Contact Cindy Pepe
News - Scouts4Scouts Posted Nov. 8, 2014
According to Scouting.org, the Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.

My son, Ryan, a 2nd Class Scout, saw a need to make sure that all boys had the ability to feel that they belonged in Scouting. He created Scouts4Scouts, an organization to collect and distribute gently used uniforms and accessories including neckerchiefs, slides, and hats. Several boys around the council have already benefited from his organization.

Cub Scout uniforms are the most requested but he also accepts uniforms for Boy Scouts and Venturers. Please let me know if you have anything to pass along. We will make arrangements to pick them up. Thanks for helping some young boys join Scouting.
More Information Questions - Contact Nancy Yeager
Activities - ConnJam 2015 Posted Oct. 21, 2014
Do you have plans for May 15-17, 2015? If they don't include attending the Connecticut Yankee Council's ConnJam 2015, you're going to miss out on something big! ConnJam is Connecticut Yankee’s council-wide camporee for all levels of Scouts – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, See Scouts, and Explorers. All Scouts from throughout the council are invited and encouraged to attend, it is an event not to miss! Troops, crews, ships and posts attend and camp as a unit. Cub scouts can register and camp as a pack, a den, or a family. Day visitor passes will also be available.

Planning has already begun on putting together this incredible program, bigger and better than the last, and we expect to have over 4,000 Scouts, Scouters, parents and guests in attendance. If you've got ideas of what you'd like to see or would like to be a part of the planning committee, email Chairman Mike Card at connjamchair@ctyankee.org . To learn more about ConnJam 2015, visit the website at www.ctyankee.org/connjam for up to date information.
More Information Questions - Contact Michael Card
Activities - The Quinnipiac Dancers Posted Oct. 1, 2014
The Quinnipiac Dancers, the Council’s Order of the Arrow Indian 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 Indian music.
 Audience participation.
 Handmade outfits depicting modern 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 starting September 1, 2014 on a first come first serve basis. Our dance season starts January 1, 2015. Call or email early as the openings fill quickly.
More Information Questions - Contact Michael Kennedy
News - Philmont 2015 Posted Dec. 18, 2014
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Registrations for the Council's 2015 four-crew contingent to Philmont are currently being accepted. Spots are filled first come, first served as determined by receipt of the completed application accompanied by deposit here in the Council office. Troops and Crews may sign up for a whole crew or Scouts and Venturers may register as individuals but don't delay as crews fill up fast.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
News - Masonic Eagle Scout Commendation Posted May. 28, 2014
The Connecticut Masonic Eagle Scout Commendation recognizes the dedication of a Scout to the pursuits of Scouting and the achievements leading to Eagle Scout. The Connecticut Grand Lodge and the Connecicut Masonic Scouters Association (CMSA) offer Eagle Scouts a personal commendation certificate, suitable for framing, and a personal letter of congratulations from the Grand Master of Connecticut and the CMSA. Click below for the request form. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing. All commendation kits will be presented at the Scout's Eagle Court of Honor by a Mason or at a Lodge Stated Communication.
More Information Questions - Contact David Elkodsi