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Training - NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor Classes Posted Apr. 11, 2014
**Last chance to sign up - Deadline extended through April 14** Connecticut Yankee Council is hosting NRA Instructor classes to certify interested Scouters as rifle and shotgun instructors. A Scouter completing this course will be qualified to serve as an instructor on the Connecticut Yankee Council camps' rifle and shotgun ranges at weekend and summer camp activities and as a merit badge counselor for rifle and shotgun shooting.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
News - Council Program Kickoff Posted Mar. 26, 2014
Program planning for your unit should take place over the summer. The Program Kickoff is designed so that you have an opportunity to speak with volunteers who are staffing program tables on the midway, enjoy your meal, and network with other unit leaders from across Southwestern Connecticut. The Program Kickoff has been planned so that information specific to your units operations can quickly be gathered and questions can be answered.

The Program Kickoff is where we release the 2014-2015 Connecticut Yankee Council’s Leaders Program Directory. This 100+ page guide serves as a reference guide for the outstanding volunteers of the Connecticut Yankee Council.
More Information Questions - Contact Jonathan Pleva
Fundraising - Introducing Camp Cards Posted Mar. 2, 2014
We are excited to offer this new opportunity to help Scouts earn their own way to camp this summer. Camp Card sales is a proven method used by other Councils across the country. This is a pilot program that we hope to grow each year.

Units will earn 50% commission ($2.50) on each $5 Camp Card they sell. The program is open to all packs, troops, crews and posts. Use the income from Camp Cards to support Scout camp experiences or to purchase new camping equipment, etc. There's over $100 of value on the card for the cost of just $5.

Check out complete details and order your cards by following the link for More Information.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Support Scouting With Amazon Purchases Posted Apr. 2, 2014
Did you know that the common act of “shopping” can benefit Connecticut Yankee Council?

Connecticut Yankee Council can financially benefit whenever you shop at Amazon.com. When you click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=ctyankee-20 on your way to the Amazon.com website, the Council is automatically designated to receive an affiliate fee of 4% to 6% of the value of your purchases. It is as simple as that. The prices you pay for your Amazon.com purchases are not affected by this fee; the fee is automatically included in your final price. In fact, if you directly go to the Amazon.com website and not through the Council designated link, the affiliate fee is retained by Amazon.com. Your purchases are completely confidential. The Council cannot identify the purchases of any visitor to the website.

In one recent test lasting about a week, the Council earned over $45.00, from FEWER THAN FIVE VISITORS to Amazon.com. Imagine the potential if hundreds of Scouters during the rest of this year were participating.

Please bookmark this link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=ctyankee-20 in your internet browser or iPad/iPhone application. The good news is that you don’t have to change your shopping habits. You merely need to change the “path” you follow to get to Amazon.com. Your shopping can help make a difference in the lives of countless numbers of youth that we serve.

Equally important: tell your friends and family and fellow Scout leaders to use this link for their shopping. Please contact me or Tony Vogl with any questions.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
Activities - Ropes, Boats and Gunpowder Challenge Posted Mar. 12, 2014
This four day high adventure event is for young men and women, 14-20 years old. The Aquatics, Climbing and Shooting Action Centers offer a wide variety of activities and challenges. Choose from SCUBA diving, snorkeling, tubing on the Farmington River, climbing, high wire course, archery, rifle/shotgun shooting, and more.

More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
News - Nick Cianciola Jr. 1938-2014 Posted Apr. 11, 2014
Our great friend and fellow Wood Badger, Nick Cianciola, passed away this past Wednesday morning. Known as Elder Eagle by his email address and by his actions, Nick will be greatly missed. The wake for Nick is today, Friday, April 11th at the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home at 559 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT from 4 PM until 8 PM. The Funeral Mass is tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, at 10 AM at St. Andrew Church, 435 Anton Street, Bridgeport, CT. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation be made directly to the family in memory of Nicholas.

Let’s keep Nick and his Family in our hearts and thoughts and prayers.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
Training - Cub Scout Den Leader Specific Training Posted Apr. 8, 2014
Cub Scout Training for den leaders and assistants (Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos) is offered on Saturday, May 17 in conjunction with the Wepawaug Valley District Famoree at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange. This training focuses on how to run successful Den Meetings and fulfills the requirement to be a trained leader.

Follow the link below for complete information and to register.
More Information Questions - Contact Donna Wesolowski
News - Thank You For Support of Gala Posted Apr. 8, 2014
Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending our third annual CYC Gala at the Waterview. It was our honor to host you for the Campfires & Candlelight auction benefit which we had carefully planned with your pleasure in mind. We are especially grateful for your generous support of our Council camps.

We hope the evening provides many lasting memories for you. Certainly, it was an evening none of us will soon forget. It is not often we witness life saving in action. But when skills, training, and an AED device come together, miracles happen. And one occurred this past Saturday. Your calm presence and prayers were an important source of support to the first responders who became heroes that night.

Again, we thank you for participating in the CYC Gala to benefit our camps which are so necessary to our scouting programs. Camps are where our scouts learn life skills and leadership. It is where they grow from a boy into a man of character. Our camps provide the environment necessary to build good citizens through a proven outdoor program.

We look forward to seeing you again next year at the CYC Gala.

Yours in Scouting,

Sally Berry & Barbara King
Gala Co-Chairs
More Information Questions - Contact Michael Abrahamson
Activities - Scout Night at Bluefish - June 14 Posted Mar. 2, 2014
Celebrate summer with a great game at the ballpark, an on-field parade, a movie with the best seats in the house and a sleepout in the outfield. Plus an awesome patch and guaranteed smiles. This is a great activity to close our your pack's year, or as a first-time event for Cub Scout families joining this spring. Newly registered Tiger Cubs (incoming first graders) are eligible for a free ticket.

Click "more information" to get complete details and register online.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Scout Day at Yankee Stadium Posted Mar. 21, 2014
The New York Yankees are pleased to offer Connecticut Yankee Council to attend a Yankees home game for special prices. Follow the easy steps below to purchase your tickets today at 50 percent off the advance ticket price. All attendees will also receive a commemorative patch (of course).

Saturday, May 31 at 1:05 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins

Follow the link for More Information to download a detailed flyer with a special link just for CYC Scouts.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Growth within our Expansion Crews&Ships Posted Mar. 20, 2014
On April 29th I will be spear heading the Venturing Committee Meeting held at the Council Training room. With the help of technology I will introduce new ways for Crews and Ships to Recruit. It is such an untapped potential in need of attention.

Best Regards-

Lynn Davidson
Venturing Staff Adviser
Membership Executive -
Service Area East
  Questions - Contact Michael Kennedy
News - Good Turn for America Spring Food Drive Posted Mar. 11, 2014
Jay Lubin, Scatacook District, is the 2014 Council's Good Turn For America Chairman. For this year's good turn, he has initiated a Council-wide spring food drive to be conducted between now and May 31, 2014.

The district leadership is rallying units to conduct a food drive to support the food bank/kitchen in their area. Canned and dried food items are the most needed. Food collection bags are available for issue at the council office - unit representatives should contact Dan Cooley to arrange pick-up of collection bags.

Jay is also encouraging participants at any district or council event or activity to drop off a food item to be delivered to a local food pantry. This has been done in Scatacook District for several years with great success.

Many people in the council area depend upon local food banks and soup kitchens to ensure they and their family members get adequate daily nutrition. While we are thankful if our situation does not require such assistance, we feel some sense of obligation to help those who do. The 2014 Spring Food Drive enables our Scouts to get directly involved in helping others.

Call to reserve your collection bags today.
More Information Questions - Contact Dan Cooley
News - Scouting Museum Under Way Posted Mar. 12, 2014
On August 21, 2013, Southwestern Connecticut Scouting Heritage Museum Chairperson Dr. Bob Kravecs and Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc. Scout Executive Charles Flowers signed a Lease to provide space in the CYC Service Center for the Museum. The Museum will be located in the rooms behind the receptionists desk.

The Mission of the Museum is to preserve and disseminate the history of Scouting from the area currently served by Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc. These include the areas served by the former Alfred W. Dater, Bridgeport, Central Connecticut, Central Fairfield, Fairfield County, Mauwehu, Meridian, Mid-Fairfield, New Haven, New Haven Area, Norwalk, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Southern New Haven County and Stamford Councils.

The Museum is encouraging all people interested in preserving Scouting history to become a Friend of the Museum. The application, including recognition memorabilia for different levels of support is available on the Museum website http://www.swctscoutmuseum.org/ or from Museum Secretary Dr. Bob Sherman, 4640 Main St., Stratford, CT 06614.

If you have any memorabilia related to Scouting in this Area and/or if you know someone who wishes to donate or loan something to the Museum, please contact Dr. Sherman (203) 378-9154 or by email footdoc7777@gmail.com. The Museum is a 501C(3) Corporation so donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
More Information Questions - Contact Dr. Robert Sherman
Activities - BB Gun Derby Posted Jan. 9, 2014
The BB Gun Derby is here again! Held every other year, this event offers Bears and Webelos Scouts a full day of gun handling instruction and marksmanship training that goes well beyond the scope of most shooting opportunities offered as part of other programs. The Derby will take place at Hoyt Scout Camp, Saturday, July 26, from 9 am - 5 pm. Registration is strictly limited to the first 150 applicants, so don't delay.
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
Activities - Scout Day at Lime Rock Posted Mar. 12, 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 - Fright Night Posted Mar. 12, 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
Training - CYC Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course Posted Mar. 1, 2014
Does your District have a (LNT)Outdoor Ethics Trainer?

The Outdoor Ethics Trainer helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills. The course covers the seven Leave No Trace principles and teaching techniques to enable you to teach others.

Connecticut Yankee Council BSA Outdoor Ethics
16 hour Trainer Course

June 6th-8th, 2014 Wah Wah Tay See Scout Camp, Hamden, CT
Course Coordinator- Keith Spaar
Cost -$40
Included in course
LNT Trainer Participant Packets from lnt.org
LNT Resource DVD
LNT Patch
Class size is limited to 12

No experience necessary but Trainers Edge is helpful
Course is open to adult leaders and scouts 14+ years old or older
Course qualifies for youth leader position of LNT Trainer
Please check with your Scoutmaster or District Training Chairperson before enrolling.

Participants are required to teach one of the LNT principles.
Participants are encouraged to support future trainer courses and LNT events.

BSA Medical Form Part A/B required.
Register online at
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Online Payment: http://www.ctyankee.org/webpay/event/new/?form=000136

For a more in depth class description contact Keith Spaar 203-988-3426 or kspaar@snet.net. For Leave No Trace information go to www.lnt.org.
More Information Questions - Contact Keith Spaar
Training - Powderhorn 2014 Posted Mar. 1, 2014
The Powder Horn advanced training course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Crew or Troop outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.

Sept 5-7 2014
More Information Questions - Contact Joyce Ference
Activities - Building Trades MB Workshop Coming 6/14 Posted Jan. 9, 2014
Scouts age 13 and over are invited to come to the third annual Connecticut Building Trades Merit Badge Workshop and earn two of ten trade-oriented badges: American Labor, Architecture, Electricity, Engineering, Metalwork, Painting, Plumbing, Surveying, Welding and Woodwork. The workshop is Saturday, June 14 from 8 to 3 p.m. at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local JATC Training Facility in Meriden. All badges are taught by Master Tradesmen and give the Scouts a hands-on opportunity to earn badges that are often hard to earn in your home troop.

Due to capacity and safety rules at the training center, this event is limited to the first 120 Scouts who register online. Some badges have class size limitations due to equipment or safety rules. Every badge has multiple pre-requisites which must be completed prior to attending the Workshop. Merit Badge pamphlets and event details will be mailed to registered Scouts at least 30 days prior.

Follow the link below for complete details. Online registration (there is no print form) goes live April 1 and closes May 9.
More Information Questions - Contact Tony Vogl
News - Masonic Eagle Scout Commendation Posted Oct. 12, 2012
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