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News - New Cub Scout Adventure Program - Jan 31 Posted Nov. 4, 2014
The Connecticut Yankee Council will host a council-wide Cub Scout Leader Roundtable on Saturday, January 31, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Yankee Council Service Center, 60 Wellington Road, Milford.
All Cub Scouters (Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Pack Committee Members) are invited to attend and get the scoop on the changes to the Cub Scouting program to take effect in June 2015:
• Scout Oath & Law for Cub Scouts
• Tiger Cubs become TIGERS with new logo
• Webelos badge no longer required to earn Arrow of Light
• Advancement simplified
• New program more aligned with aims and values of Scouting, that promotes “adventure” and activity
• New immediate recognition devices, belt loops & pins (Sports & Academics program discontinued)
• AND MORE!
Click below for additional information.
More Information Questions - Contact Jessica Glassman
Training - CYC University of Scouting Posted Jan. 23, 2015
Connecticut Yankee Council is proud to present our new University of Scouting.

Saturday, March 7, 2015. 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
...[Snow Date: Saturday, March 15, 2015]
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.

Online registration is open.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
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
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
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
Training - CYC Commissioners' College Posted Jan. 10, 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
...[Snow Date: Saturday, March 15, 2015]
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

Registration is now open (12/30/2014).
More Information Questions - Contact Charles Blanchette
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
Activities - Sound Tiger Sleepover Jan. 31 Posted Jan. 25, 2015
SPECIAL SCOUT-RATE TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

Join the Scouts of the Connecticut Yankee Council for a Scout Night at the Sound Tigers. Watch the Sound Tigers 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 to John Reis before it's too late!
More Information Questions - Contact Herb Kemp
News - CYC Amazon.com Results Posted Jan. 24, 2015
THANK YOU to everyone who used the CYC link to Amazon.com in 2014. We raised nearly $4,500, all of the money to benefit the youth in our Council. Starting in March of 2014, we raised about $50 through the end of March. Between April and June shopping increased to $835, and increased to $855 between July and September.

As holiday shopping picked up, so did our revenue, when we earned OVER $2,700 between October and December: roughly $600 in October, $750 in November, and $1,350 in December. Last year. over 2,500 items were purchased, totaling over $70,000 in Amazon orders.

Some of the more interesting orders (NO, we have no idea who bought these, nor do we want to know):

1 Chicken Suit, Yellow, One Size Fits All (do they even come in any other color?)
1 Quart 5W-30 Mobil Motor Oil
1 Boy Scout Handbook, 1911
2 DVDs – Frozen
Amazon Gift Cards (lots and LOTS of those)
1 Pair Onion Goggles – Red (of course, RED, why get any other color)
1 MP3 Download – Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (guess they didn’t buy the DVD)
1 Eureka 4 Man Timberline Tent
8 Bags of Dog Food
3 Cans of Rustoleum Paint
1 Bottle Vitamin C (for Pets)

With your help, let's make 2015 a bigger online shopping year for CYC.

http://www.ctyankee.org/amazon
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
News - CYC Amazon Smile Results Posted Jan. 24, 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 between $75 and $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
Training - BALOO Posted Dec. 30, 2014
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 - CYC Member Shopping Survey Posted Jan. 27, 2015
We need everyone’s help. Connecticut Yankee Council is surveying our members to look at opportunities for raising money for CYC based on on-line shopping experiences. Questions include whether or not you have used Amazon.com for your on-line shopping as well as solicit ideas on potentially offering our members other on-line shopping opportunities. We value your opinion. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes.

Click the “More Information” link below to access the survey. The survey will wrap up by February 28, 2015. All responses are confidential.

Thank you for participating in the survey, and for all that you do for Scouting.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
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 - Den Chief Training at UoS Posted Dec. 30, 2014
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 - Camp Kick-off - Summer 2015 Posted Dec. 30, 2014
The Council's Camp Kick-off is scheduled for Feb. 5 at Spring Glen Congregational Church in Hamden. If you are a unit leader, camp coordinator, parent of a Scout attending camp as a provisional, parent attending camp with your son, a senior youth leader or anyone interested in learning more about the Council's summer camp programs, you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear all the details for summer 2015 and get answers to all your camping questions.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
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
Training - Introduction to Leadership Skill 4 Crews Posted Dec. 30, 2014
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:30AM-Noon (Approximately 3 hours)

WHO: All Venturing Youth

WHAT: Training for Venturers interested in Leadership positions
COORDINATOR: Kate Sun ( sunkuolute4@gmail.com)

More Information Questions - Contact Nora Slanski
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
Training - Venturing Advisor Training 2015 Posted Dec. 30, 2014
Venturing Advisor Training
Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:30AM - Noon (Approximately 3 ½ hours)

CYC, 60 Wellington Road, Milford, CT

WHO: All Venturing Advisors and Assistant Advisors
WHAT: Required Training for Crew Advisors and Associate Advisors
COORDINATOR: Nora Slanski nslanski@yahoo.com

COST: $5.00 Training only($10 including pizza lunch)
More Information Questions - Contact Nora Slanski
Training - Goal Setting and Time Management Posted Dec. 30, 2014
Goal Setting and Time Management
Saturday, February 7, 2015
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Approximately 3 ½ hours)

WHO: All Venturing Youth
WHAT: This course is a requirement for the Venturing Discovery Award, and can be taken at any time.
COORDINATOR: John Guzauckas (john@guzaukas.net)

COST: $5.00 for one or more Training classes
(bring an extra $5 if you’d like pizza for lunch)
More Information Questions - Contact Nora Slanski
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
News - CT Masonic Scouter Assoc. Annual Dinner Posted Jan. 9, 2015
The Connecticut Masonic Scouters Association will honor Worshipful Brother Seth Strohecker at its 3rd Annual Dinner on Sunday, February 1, 1:00 p.m. at the Hartog Center at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford. Please join us as we thank Seth for his dedicated service as chairman of the Connecticut Masonic Scouters Association 2013-2015 and his untiring work to strengthen the bonds between Freemasonry and the Boy Scouts of America.
Please make reservations by sending the attached form, along with $30.00 per person (checks made payable to CONNECTICUT MASONIC SCOUTERS ASSOCIATION), to Jonathan Glassman, 937 Garden Road, Orange, CT 06477. Reservations must be received by Monday, January 26.
More Information Questions - Contact Jonathan Glassman
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 - 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
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