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Activities - 2015 Merit Badge College Posted Nov. 13, 2014


Registration for the 2015 Merit Badge College is now open!




Dates:
January 31, 2015 Classes 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 7, 2015 Classes 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 21, 2015 Classes 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 28, 2015 Classes 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 7, 2015 Snow Make-up 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Lyman Hall High School, 70 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT

Tuition: $20.00 includes Merit Badge Pamphlets and Merit Badge College Patch. No refunds after class assignment.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Andersen
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 - Den Chief Training Posted Oct. 28, 2014
The Scatacook District is offering an additional Den Chief Training course for all Den Chiefs!

Who: All Boy Scouts that are approved by their Scoutmaster to be a Den Chief.
When: Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00-12:30
Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT.

Cost: $10.00 includes Den Chief Handbook
Deadline: December 1, 2014.

For Additional information contact Tom O'Brien at tlobrien@sbcglobal.net
More Information Questions - Contact Tom O'Brien
Training - Den Chief Training Posted Nov. 20, 2014
CUB SCOUT DEN CHIEF TRAINING
Hosted by the Wepawaug Valley District. All are welcome.
This training will give the Scout skills to fulfill the responsibilities of and become a successful Den Chief.
WHO: All Boy Scouts with their Scoutmaster’s approval
WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: CT Yankee Council Offices, 60 Wellington Rd, Milford, CT
COST: $10.00 (includes Den Chief Cord)
DEADLINE: December 1, 2014
Dress in Uniform.
For more information contact Chris Santarcangelo at csantarcangelo@gmail.com or 203-494-3042
Please register by Monday, December 1, 2014
To Register: Please email Chris Santarcangelo at csantarcangelo@gmail.com with the information below. Registration fees will be collected upon arrival.
More Information Questions - Contact Chris Santarcangelo
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
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 - 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
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 - 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
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
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 - 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 - 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 Oct. 30, 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, 2/21, 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
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 - 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