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Training - Den Chief Training Posted Oct. 20, 2014
Den Chief Training

October 25, 2014

St. John’s Lutheran Church

8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Cost: $5

Come learn to help out a Cub Scout Pack. Learn to work with the Pack
leadership and the boys to help provide a great program. Books and
patches will be provided.
Boys should be 1st Class Scouts
More Information Questions - Contact Nancy Yeager
Fundraising - Good Scout Dinner Nov 13 Posted Oct. 16, 2014
The annual Greater Stamford Good Scout Dinner is honoring three influential local community leaders and paying tribute to one of our own Eagle Scouts on November 13 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel on Tresser Blvd. This annual event draws businesses and individuals together to raise financial support for Scouting's mission, and to recognize outstanding individuals who represent the highest ideals of Scouting in the community.

This year's honorees are Eagle Scout Robert and Pat Phillips, Stamford philanthropists; New Canaan town Council Chairman Bill Walbert, and a special tribute to Troop 11 Eagle Scout and Navy SEAL Brian Bill, who lost his life in brave service to his country in 2011.

Sponsorships, program ads and individual tickets are listed on the flyer available by clicking the link below. Contact Director of Development Tony Vogl for more information.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Fireside Chat with NESA Director Posted Oct. 15, 2014
Join us for a Fireside Chat with Boy Scouts of America National Eagle Scout Association Interim Director Ryan Larson on Thursday, October 30 in the Connecticut Yankee Council Multi-Purpose Room, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

All Eagle Scout alumni, new Eagle Scouts and parents are invited to join us for this opportunity to get a first-hand preview of some updates and changes coming to the National Eagle Scout Association and its member benefits. Get insights into scholarships available to Eagle Scouts, how to apply and how the winners are selected. Hear stories of some fascinating Eagle Scout alumni from around the country.

We will also have a regular meeting of the Connecticut Yankee Council’s National Eagle Scout Association committee.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Activities - Fright Night Posted Aug. 22, 2014
Fall fun for all is available at Deer Lake, Killingworth, at Fright Night, October 25. Hayrides, crafts, snacks and tours of the haunted trail will get you in the Halloween spirit.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Fundraising - Chiefs Esserman & Higgins to Be Honored Posted Oct. 16, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America serves 500 young people in New Haven with high quality Scouting programs each year. Scouting’s programs instill in young men values like participatory citizenship, trustworthiness, self-confidence and service to others. To support our mission, the Connecticut Yankee Council is honoring Chief Dean Essermann from the New Haven Department of Police Services and Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins with the Good Scout Award at a breakfast event on Tuesday, December 9 at Amarante’s Sea Cliff. The Chiefs were selected for the leadership and commitment they demonstrate daily toward making New Haven a better place to live. Sponsorships, program ads and breakfast tickets are available.

Follow the link for more information to download a form detailing various sponsorship levels or contact Staff Adivser Tony Vogl.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
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
News - Silver Beaver Nominations Posted Oct. 7, 2014
The Scouting movement has advanced through the efforts and dedication of many volunteers. Often recruited with a request for “an hour a week commitment” many have gone on to make Scouting and service to youth in other organizations their lifetime passion.

The BSA established the Silver Beaver Award to recognize noteworthy service to youth by registered volunteer Scouters. This prestigious award is the highest BSA award authorized to be awarded at the Council level.

Anyone having knowledge of a Scouter’s exceptional service may recommend them for award of the Silver Beaver. A nomination packet is available online by clicking on More Information below or from the Milford Scout office.

Silver Beaver nominations must be received in the Council office by 5 PM, November 6, 2014.

There are hundreds of eligible and deserving Scouters working in the units and districts. Now is the time to show them how much we appreciate their efforts in service to youths.
Take the time to nominate them today.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Scout Night at Sound Tigers Posted Oct. 16, 2014
Join the Scouts of the Connecticut Yankee Council for a Scout Night at the Sound Tigers. Watch the SoundTigers play against the Portland Pirates on Saturday, January 31, 7 p.m. Puck Drop, 5:30 p.m. Pre-Game Tour. The event includes a post game skate with Storm and a movie on the Jumbotron, the ability to sleep on the ice (for Troops) and sleep on the concourse for Cub Scouts, each Scout receives a patch and there is a light breakfast provided in the morning.

RSVP by January 21 to John Reis.
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
News - Charter Renewal Guidebook Posted Sep. 25, 2014
Charter Renewal is the process of renewing the charter agreement between the BSA and your charter organization, and renewing the registration of youth and adult members. Every unit must recharter annually. All Connecticut Yankee Council Unit Charters expire on December 31, 2014.

We have put together this handy guide with all the information your unit needs to renew its charter on time.
More Information Questions - Contact Jonathan Glassman
Training - Fundamentals of Training Posted Sep. 17, 2014
The first part of the T3 continuum, The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. The course will also help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques. And, it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion of The Fundamentals of Training, new trainers will be able to apply the techniques they have learned across the BSA’s leadership development programs, from unit level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position specific and supplemental training for adult leaders. Upon completion of this first part, new trainers are coached and mentored by experienced trainers as they become comfortable with and confident in their training skills.
More Information Questions - Contact Donna Wesolowski
Fundraising - Your Amazon Purchase Supports Scouting Posted Sep. 4, 2014
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 $120 this month. 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
Fundraising - Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner Posted Sep. 4, 2014
Over 100 Scouters have been provided financial assistance to attend Wood Badge through the Nick Cianciola Wood Badge Scholarship Fund. We invite all Wood Badgers to join us in supporting the Fund through the annual Fellowship Dinner on Sunday, November 2 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

This annual event for all who have completed or are working on their tickets is a chance to reconnect and fellowship in the spirit of Gilwell. The dinner features a fine meal, fellowship and a great Silent Auction all benefiting the "Nick Cianciola Wood Badge Scholarship Fund". This fund provides financial assistance to Scouters who may not otherwise be able to take Wood Badge. Over $10,000 in scholarships has been given out since its inception.

We are looking for silent auction items such as sports tickets, Scouting memorabilia, critters and more. Follow the link below to register or find contact information to donate silent auction items.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
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 - Base Camps Are Here Posted Sep. 16, 2014
The Connecticut Yankee Council has made a significant investment in Base Camps to serve as a marketing resource to our units and districts. The purpose of these canopies is to promote the Scouting program and our local Council. “Base Camps” can be reserved online and signed out from the Connecticut Yankee Council Resource Center and are available at no charge to our units.

Base Camps can be used for Recruiting, camporees, service projects, town/area fairs, School Nights, activities and other great purposes.

Follow the link below to reserve a Base Camp for your next activity.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Jewish Cub Scout Emblem Workshop Posted Oct. 13, 2014
The Connecticut Yankee Council Jewish Committee on Scouting will host the Jewish Cub Scout Emblems Workshop on Sunday, January 25, 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange. Jewish Cub Scouts can come out for an afternoon of fun and learning, and earn either the Maccabee or Aleph emblem. Tigers, Wolves and Bears are eligible to work towards earning the Maccabee Emblem. Bears who have already earned the Maccabee emblem, and Webelos work on the Aleph Emblem. Both programs are designed help Jewish Cub Scouts learn more about Judaism, their faith, and Duty To God.
An $18 program fee covers all learning materials, a snack, and lots of fun! Each Scout must be accompanied by an adult partner who will be in attendance for the duration of the program.
Maccabee award candidates need their Hebrew names and those of their parents and grandparents. Aleph award candidates need to attend six Sabbath services and write a brief description of three Torah portions. If these requirements are not completed by January 25, the Scout may finish them at a later date. EMBLEMS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THOSE SCOUTS WHO COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS ON OR BY JANUARY 25 AT THE SCOUT SHABBAT SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 13, 2015. THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR THE EMBLEMS.
Registrations must be received by January 9, 2015. Space is limited, so sign-up now. Click below on MORE INFORMATION for more details and to register to attend.
More Information Questions - Contact Jonathan Glassman
News - Leaders: Update your BeAScout Pin Posted Sep. 10, 2014
BeAScout.org is the application that puts your unit on the map! Families can visit BeAScout.org to find a Scouting program in their neighborhood. If your unit's pin is up to date they'll find you!

Raise your pack, troop or crew's profile in the community. Recruit more youth and volunteers and help grow Scouting. Customize your Google 'pin' with contact information, a photo, special message, and your unit's website. It's important to make sure your unit's pin is updated, especially now while fall recruitment is in full swing.

By default, unit leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, crew advisors), committee chairs and chartered organization representatives have access to update their unit's pin through MyScouting.org. Once the pin is set-up, up to six adults in your unit can be given access to the system to update information and manage leads from interested parents.

* Sign in to MyScouting.
* On the MyScouting homepage, click "BeAScout" in the Unit Tools section of the left menu.
* Click "Unit Pin Management" at the top of the page.
* Update your unit info!
* Be sure to follow your BeAScout pin frequently.
More Information Questions - Contact Jonathan Glassman
Activities - Be a Deer Lake Campmaster Posted Aug. 30, 2014
Are you interested in more opportunities to go camping? Would you like to meet more scouters like yourself? Then why not become a Campmaster at Deer Lake?

We're recruiting adult volunteers to establish a good Campmaster crew for Deer Lake. Campmasters are people who assist the camp Ranger with check-ins/check-outs and general safe operation of the camp during the off-season weekends. Responsibilities include making sure units follow BSA and camp policies, helping units connect with the Ranger if they would like to do service projects, answering questions about the available facilities and generally being a good 'ambassador' for the camp. At the end of the weekend, the Campmaster checks to make sure units have cleaned up their area before they leave and secures buildings as directed by the Ranger. You will have access to your own cabin for the weekend and there will be some free time to just enjoy the camp or catch up on some quiet time.

If you are an experienced scouter (must be over 21) and you’re interested or have questions, contact Joe Anderson.
  Questions - Contact Joe Anderson
Activities - Instructors Needed - Merit Badge College Posted Sep. 18, 2014
The Merit Badge College committee is looking for additional instructors for 2015. Instructors must be available for all four sessions, or make arrangements for a substitute if they must miss a session. 2015 MBC dates are 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 with 3/7 as the snow date. Instructors must be registered Merit Badge Councilors and have completed Youth Protection Training.

We could use instructors for the following badges:

American Cultures, Electricity, Oceanography, American Heritage, Electronics, Personal Management, Architecture, Energy, Pets, Art, Family Life, Photography, Astronomy, Fingerprinting, Public Health, Aviation, Fire Safety, Public Speaking, Cit in Community Genealogy, Radio, Cit in Nation, Indian Lore, Railroading, Cit in World, Inventing, Safety, Coin Collecting, Journalism, Salesmanship, Communications, American Labor, Space Exploration, Crime Prevention, Landscape Architecture, Stamp Collecting, Disabilities Awareness, Law, Surveying, Dog Care, Model Design & Bldg, Traffic Safety, Drafting, Nuclear Science, Weather

Additional badges may be considered if there are instructors available, if the badge lends itself to the group instruction format and can be mostly finished within the time frame of Merit Badge College. We do not offer badges that are camping / outdoors oriented. Instructors for new badges will be considered up to October 31, 2014. Once the registration form goes live instructors for badges listed on the registration form can sign up until December 20th.

If interested please contact Karen Andersen at H(203)264-2408 or W(203)205-8684, or e-mail your information to Karen.Andersen@cartus.com or fax to 203-749-5660.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Andersen
News - Eagle Scout Ethan Evans in Pro Soccer Posted Sep. 1, 2014
Darien Troop 53 Eagle Scout Ethan Evans tried out and was accepted on a professional soccer team in Lomza (pronounced Wom-Ja), Poland. Few players ever make it this far. This is a big step, yet only one step in the journey. Every day is a tryout for his current team and/or any future teams he may be a part of. It encourages a player (ZAWODNIK "za-vod-neek") to constantly be at his best.

I often talk about Ethan's experience growing up through the Boy Scout program.
* During Ethan's time in scouting before high school graduation he was able to go to almost every campout, served as SPL and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
* He participated on one or two soccer teams a season year round, eventually becoming the Captain.
* He excelled in an AP/Honors based curriculum.

Read the complete story by following the link below.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Activities - OA Fall Fellowship 2014 Posted Sep. 30, 2014
Fall Fellowship weekend is an opportunity for both newly selected and current members of the Order of the Arrow to conduct service at our camp, share in fellowship, and learn more about what it is to be an Arrowman. It is an opportunity for Arrowmen to gather together and celebrate the past year in the lodge, learn more about how you can serve Scouting and the Order of the Arrow, have some fun, and elect new Lodge and Chapter Officers for next year.
More Information Questions - Contact Michael Kennedy
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 - 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
News - Philmont 2015 Posted Mar. 12, 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