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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
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
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
Activities - Scout Day at Lime Rock Posted Aug. 22, 2014
Scout Day at Lime Rock, September 26-27, is an annual favorite for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. Camp out Friday night so you are first on the scene for the all day schedule of racing on Saturday.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Disaster in East Scoutopia Posted Sep. 12, 2014
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More Information Questions - Contact Cindy Pepe
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
Training - 03-Cub Scout Leader Specific Posted Sep. 9, 2014
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More Information Questions - Contact Gene Waring
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 - 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
Training - Baloo Training Posted Sep. 9, 2014
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More Information Questions - Contact Cindy Pepe
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 - 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
Activities - Catholic Committee Events Posted Aug. 26, 2014
The Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy Scout Committee has scheduled a Counselor Training Program for Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Bloomfield, CT and the Annual Catholic Scouting Camporee, Friday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at Camp Workcoeman, New Hartford, CT. For details, follow the link for More Information.
More Information Questions - Contact Dan Cooley
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