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News - Silver Beaver Nominations Posted Oct. 8, 2015
Once each year, Scouters are able to recommend a deserving individual or individuals for award of one of the most prestigious medals in all of Scouting — the Silver Beaver. The award was introduced in 1931 to recognize individuals for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters, Cub Scouters, Varsity Scouters and Venturing leaders. Since then the Council has awarded hundreds of Silver Beavers but there are still many more deserving Scouters to be recognized.

Anyone can nominate a deserving individual using the preprinted/fillable nomination form. Nomination forms are available on the Council web site or at the Council office. Completed forms are due to the Council not later than November 6, 2015.

Now is the time to prepare a nomination for those special people who make Scouting possible. It takes a little time and effort so get started now.

Award of the Silver Beaver will be made at the Council’s 2016 Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Fright Night at Deer Lake Posted Oct. 8, 2015
Celebrate Halloween at Deer Lake, October 24, with hayrides, crafts, pumpkin decorating and the haunted trail. Our younger Scouts may prefer the 4pm-6pm session with mildly scary program and the really adventuresome Scouts will want to attend from 6pm-8:30pm. Choose your session and join us at Deer Lake for some Fall fun.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Training - Fundamentals of Training Posted Sep. 29, 2015
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 - Beer Tasting (Stony Creek Brewery) Posted Sep. 15, 2015
Beer Tasting at Stony Creek Brewery

Oct 18th, 2015

5pm to 8pm
More Information Questions - Contact Joseph Andreo
Activities - Scottish Jamborette Posted Oct. 2, 2015
An opportunity to experience international Scouting in Scotland and Iceland! The Scottish International Patrol Jamborette is held on the grounds of Blair Atholl Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. It is a small International Jamborette attended by approximately 1,000 Scouts from all over the World which has been held every two years since 1946. Each group of 6 overseas (non-Scottish) Scouts will be paired with a group of 6 Scottish Scouts to form a patrol for the Jamborette. The Scots bring all the equipment for the patrol. For more information about the event, visit the Jamborette website at http://www.Jamborette.org.uk
More Information Questions - Contact Thomas O'Brien
News - Wood Badge N2-72-15 Posted Sep. 27, 2015
Dear Participants,

Congratulations on your recently completed Wood Badge experience. I trust you have learned much and are now prepared to take back to your Packs, Troops and Crews your new knowledge, in service to our Youth Members. Knowledge is meaningless without its practical application. I am confident you have to tools to use your knowledge well. And work your tickets back to Gilwell.

To the Staff: You have made me proud. You have developed into a high performing team under your Scoutmaster, and for that I am grateful. You also have new found knowledge. Use it wisely.

To Scoutmaster Spagnuolo. You have done everything that was expected of you, and you have done it well. Thank you.

Yours in Scouting,
  Questions - Contact Lord Robert Baden Powell
Activities - Lean-tos Now Available at Hoyt Posted Sep. 29, 2015
Thanks to generous donations from a number of Scouters and Units in our Council, plus the hard work of the Hoyt Campmaster Corps, the new Cleveland Campsite at Hoyt Scout Reservation with 4 Lean-tos is available for camping. Each lean-to is sized to accommodate a patrol. Located on the North side of the Camp, in the vicinity of the Training Cabin, the lean-tos are a perfect addition to the Camp. The Cleveland site is named after our 22nd and 24th President, and not after the 48th largest city in the US.

Pictures here: https://hoytalumniassociation.shutterfly.com/304

The Campmasters are working on 6 additional leantos in a second campsite, which should be ready for occupancy VERY SOON.

Don't wait. Reserve the Cleveland Campsite ASAP.
  Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Training - NRA RSO Courses Posted Sep. 3, 2015
The Connecticut Yankee Council is hosting two NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) classes to certify Scouters interested in assisting Troops meet the BSA requirements for rifle and shotgun range supervision. A Scouter completing this course will be qualified to serve as an NRA Range Safety Officer on the Council's rifle and shotgun ranges at weekend activities. Participants must be 21 years old or older and should be familiar with various firearm types and firearm safety prior to taking the course. Both classes will be held at the Hoyt Training Cabin in West Redding.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
News - Fright Night at Deer Lake Posted Aug. 21, 2015
Celebrate Halloween at Deer Lake, October 24, with hayrides, crafts, pumpkin decorating and the haunted trail. Our younger Scouts may prefer the 4pm-6pm session with mildly scary program and the really adventuresome Scouts will want to attend from 6pm-8:30pm. Choose your session and join us at Deer Lake for some Fall fun.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Quinnipiac Dancers Posted Oct. 6, 2015


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.

We will take bookings starting September 1, 2015 on a first come first serve basis. Our dance season starts January 1, 2016. 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
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
Fundraising - Game Dinner 2016 Posted Sep. 15, 2015

Game Dinner Fund Raiser

March 5, 2016
Deer Lake Dining Hall
101 Paper Mill Rd
Killingworth, CT

Great Raffle Prizes

More Information coming soon
More Information Questions - Contact Joseph Andreo
Activities - Scout Night at the Circus Posted Jun. 11, 2015
The Circus is coming to town on October 23 and Scout families who register before September 1st can attend for just $14.50 each. This is a special deal for Scout packs and troops who order ahead of time. Don't miss this great event and thank you to our friends at the Webster Bank Arena for hosting us.
More Information Questions - Contact John Reis
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
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