Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA

Council News

News - Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner Posted Dec. 11, 2017
Please join us to celebrate another great year of Scouting and to recognize the 2018 recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. The Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner will be held January 25, 2018 at Costa Azzurra, Milford.
Congratulations to this year's Silver Beaver recipients: Evan Atkins, Steve Coe, John Gelinas, Jeffrey Guzauckas, Jeanne Lewis, and Lawrence Ratner.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Caiati
Activities - Merit Badge College 2018 Posted Nov. 26, 2017
January 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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March 3, 2018 - Snow Make-up - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Tuition: $25.00 includes Merit Badge Pamphlets and Merit Badge College Patch. No refunds after class assignment.

Registration: Please register your boys as a unit, individual registrations are not encouraged. On-line registrations are not considered complete until payment has been processed.

Each Scout can take up to three Merit Badges, but please be sure to select eight. Scouts must be First Class rank as of December 21, 2017. Scouts registered without a rank will not be considered. Please register early as the site will shut down at the earlier of the deadline date or when capacity has been reached.

Merit Badges Course Offerings - Subject to availability of Counselors, Classrooms and Chairs:

1 American Heritage 9 Disability Awareness 17 Oceanography
2 Art 10 Drafting 18 Personal Management
3 Aviation 11 Electronics 19 Photography
4 Cit in Community 12 Energy 20 Public Speaking
5 Cit in Nation 13 Engineering 21 Space Exploration
6 Cit in World 14 Family Life 22 Textiles
7 Coin Collecting 15 Landscape Arch. 23 Weather
8 Communications 16 Nuclear Science 24 No Choice

Please use assigned numbers for the on-line registration form
If no merit badge is being entered please use 24 – No Choice

We will make an effort to assign at least one Eagle required badge per Scout;
Scouts will be assigned no more than two Eagle required badges

Merit Badge Counselor Training will be offered to interested adults at 9:30 AM.
More Information Questions - Contact Karen Andersen
News - Serving The Whole Family Posted Dec. 10, 2017

Dear Scouting Family,

If your social media feeds look like ours, you've seen the historic announcement that the National Council's Executive Board, led by volunteers like us, voted unanimously to welcome girls to join the ranks of Scouting from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout.

This is an exciting and historic evolution. We know that our program produces leaders with strong character and integrity. We instill in our members; traits that are universally needed in today's world- we know them as the Scout Oath and Law.

As we travel across the Council, we acknowledge that families today are different than 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Some have two incomes, some have single parents, and some prefer to participate in activities as a whole family. We've seen first-hand parents bring their daughters to Cub Scout meetings and the daughter enjoying the activities just as much as her brother.

The volunteer-driven team that studied this topic found in nationwide surveys 90% of parents expressed interest in a program like Cub Scouts for their daughters and 87% of parents expressed interest in a program like Boy Scouts also for their daughters. The team was encouraged by these results and pressed forward with development, including conferring with educational experts who validated our program has benefit to young women.

We want to reflect on the other opportunities young women have to join our program. Since 1971, Exploring has offered career-focused training for young men and women. Venturing, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, has welcomed young men and women in their action-packed program since day one.

As always, our door is open to you and welcome your feedback. Please feel free to email our Council President Christopher Luise at, or share with our Council Staff. We encourage you to click below to visit for a page that has more details on the program and announcement that may answer your questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Christopher Luise, Council President
Charles Blanchette, Council Commissione
Charles Flowers, Council Scout Executive
More Information Questions - Contact Chris Luise
Training - CYC Online Merit Badge Couns Trng Posted Apr. 20, 2017
Online training for Merit Badge Counselors, offered by Connecticut Yankee Council Advancement Committee. This is a different course than offered by the BSA Learn Center, but it fully meets the requirements for Merit Badge Counselor Training (D76).

The course includes an overview of the BSA Merit Badge Counselor Program followed by a short online quiz.
More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
News - 2018 Boston Science Museum Overnight Posted Dec. 6, 2017
The Boston Science Museum overnight is a fun and educational activity for Cub Scouts! This year we have only been given two dates and space is limited so don't wait. If you are planning your Pack calendar for the upcoming year, this is a fantastic trip to pencil in!
More Information Questions - Contact Carolyn Cruson
News - 2018 Scottish Jamborette Posted Sep. 4, 2017
Connecticut Yankee Council will send a contingent to the 2018 Blair Atholl Jamborette in Scotland with a three day excursion to Iceland, July 12 - August 6, 2018. Applications are being accepted from Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers (male and female) interested in attending. Participants must be ages 14-17 in July 2018. Participants will be selected from applications submitted by July 1, 2017. Submission of an application does not guarantee selection. Estimated cost is $2,500-$3,000. For additional information about the event see the attached Jamborette Participant Information Sheet, go to or contact Leslie Cheney at

If interested in going to the Jamborette as a part of the Council contingent please complete the online application at:

Applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview.
More Information Questions - Contact Leslie Cheney
News - Think Amazon for the Holidays Posted Dec. 2, 2017
The leaves are turning and it's getting colder. Hannukah and Christmas are just around the corner. Holidays are about Family, and ALSO shopping and great sales. Remember to shop online at Amazon. And please use the CYC Amazon Associates link (but NOT Amazon Smile) every time you shop Amazon. We earn 7.5% commission credit on your sales, and it does not cost you anything. Also, your purchases are completely confidential.

Last year, the Council earned OVER $12,000 from and nearly $9,500 so far this year. With your support, this year, CYC could reach this same target. And that will help make a difference in the lives of the young men and women we serve.

More Information Questions - Contact Jay Lubin
Activities - Quinnipiac Dancers Posted Nov. 15, 2017


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, 2017 on a first come first serve basis. Our dance season starts January 1, 2018. Call or email early as the openings fill quickly.

For bookings or further information contact: John
Quimby: 203-248-1556 or
More Information Questions - Contact John Quimby