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News - Eagle Scout Challenge Grant Posted Dec. 12, 2014
As the end of the year quickly approaches, many of us are thinking of ways to maximize our charitable donations for 2014. A very generous Eagle Scout has pledged to match all new gifts from our Eagle Scouts or Eagle Scout families made now through the end of the year. A $50 pledge quickly becomes $100. A $500 pledge has a $1,000 impact on our ability to fulfill our mission.

Visit our website by following the link below and help us maximize this pledge.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Order Of The Arrow - 2015 Section NE-2A Project LEAP Posted Dec. 10, 2014
Project LEAP (Lodge Excellence Assistance Program)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015

Project LEAP is the next generation of NE-2A's Quality Lodge Summit held from 2009-2012. LEAP is designed to support the six lodges of the Section in their efforts to improve their program and achieving Journey to Excellence (JTE) recognition. This day-long training event includes sessions on a diverse set of topics such as Brotherhood Conversion, Lodge Management, Event Promotions, 100 Years of OA and more! It also provides an opportunity for inter-lodge fellowship as well as our second Council of Chiefs meeting of the year.

WHO CAN COME? Lodge officers, committee chairmen, chapter leadership, advisers and any arrowmen that are interested in getting more involved should make it a point to be there!

WHERE: Connecticut Fire Academy, 34 Perimeter Road, Suffield, CT
WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm
COST: $15.00 (includes program materials, lunch and an event patch)

DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN, GROW AND HAVE FUN WITH FELLOW ARROWMEN FROM NE-2A!
More Information Questions - Contact Elsie Hemmings
Training - Introduction to Leadership Skill 4 Crews Posted Dec. 10, 2014
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
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
News - Ornaments for the Scouter in your life Posted Dec. 12, 2014
'Tis the season for decorating and what better to hang on your tree, than a hand-made Scout ornament. These ornaments are locally made and available for sale at the Council resource center on a first come, first serve basis. They make a great gift for a special Scouter in your life.

There are hand-knit miniature socks with orange (Tiger), yellow (Cub Scout), or red (Boy Scout) bands at the top. There is also a grey (Venturing) sock. There are hand-painted clothespins representing the different Scouting programs: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Eagle, Venturing, Sea Scouts. There are also hand-painted wooden disks are all unique Scout-themed designs.

Due to the limited quantities, these are only available on a first-come first-served basis in the office. Special orders may be able to be accommodated, please contact Bill in the office.

100% of the sales (not just the proceeds) go to support our 10,000+ youth in Connecticut Yankee Council.
More Information Questions - Contact Bill Amidon
Training - Venturing Advisor Training 2015 Posted Dec. 10, 2014
Saturday, February 7, 2015
CYC, 60 Wellington Road, Milford, CT

Venturing Advisor Training
8:30AM -Noon (Approximately 3 ½ hours)

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
Activities - Disney On Ice Discounts Available Posted Dec. 2, 2014
Disney on Ice comes to Bridgeport on Friday, January 9th at 7pm. Be sure to take advantage of our Scout group discount! Tickets are only $16.50. We are proud to partner with the Webster Bank Arena in offering these great deals to our families.

Click the link below to download a registration flyer or contact John Reis for more information.
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
News - Congratulations 2015 Silver Beavers Posted Dec. 15, 2014
We are pleased to announce seven Scouters were selected for award of the Silver Beaver by a selection board which met on November 17. Join us in congratulating the following Scouters who have been selected for award of the 2015 Silver Beaver:

Tony D’Andrea, Powahay District
Lloyd Gallup, Wepawaug Valley District
Don Kaletsky, Wepawaug Valley District
Mike Kennedy, Sleeping Giant District
Jim Racca, Sleeping Giant District
Ed Wolf, Sr., Scatacook District
Erik Zars, Scatacook District

The awards will be presented at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Tashua Knolls Country Club on January 22, 2015. Follow the link below to register or for more information.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Caiati
Training - Goal Setting and Time Management Posted Dec. 10, 2014
Goal Setting and Time Management
12:30- 4pm (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
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
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
Activities - Scout Rates Available for UCONN Games Posted Nov. 3, 2014
We are proud to partner with the Webster Bank Arena in bringing you special Scout rates for upcoming games and programs. Catch all of the UCONN basketball action with a special group discount at two great games coming up.

Friday, December 19 - UCONN Women vs. DePaul
End Zone seats are only $20.50 each.

Monday, December 22 - UCONN Men vs. Columbia
End Zone seats are only $24.50 each.

Follow the link for More Information to download a registration form or contact John Reis today to reserve your seats.
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
Activities - Sound Tiger Sleepover Jan. 31 Posted Oct. 31, 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 Herb Kemp
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
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 - 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
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
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
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