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Volunteer BulletinOctober 8, 2010
Greetings!    

October is here and Scouting programs are in full swing for the fall. A warm welcome to all the new families who have joined our ranks over the past few months. As you'll soon find, you're part of some outstanding Scout programs in your town, but there's also some great opportunities offered through the Council.

Please check the Connecticut Yankee Council website for updates to all activities, programs and events. www.ctyankee.org
Youth Protection Number 1 Priority
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Youth Protection Training is required of all volunteers before they register as leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. If you have not taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years, visit www.myscouting.org and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number which can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card. If you do not know your number, contact your Unit Committee Chairman or District Executive. Complete information on this policy is available on the Council website.
Shooting Sports Tournament
 
Sporting Clays tourneyFriday, October 15
Madison Rod & Gun Club

Adults, first time or expert shooters -- come join the Connecticut Yankee Council for our annual Sporting Clays Shoot. There is still time to register for this fun event geared toward individuals and corporate teams. Shooters will go from station to station shooting a total of 100 clay pigeons. No matter the level of your shooting experience, the day promises to be fun, exciting and benefiting a terrific cause. A special rate of $125 applies to all registered Scouters. You must provide your own ammo or purchase for $25 the day of the event.
Cub Scout Fright Night 
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Saturday, October 23
Camp Sequassen

On this night, Scouts and Venturers will join together to wreak havoc on your Cub Scouts' understanding of reality. Ghost stories, scary scenes and gross, cold, clammy hands-on experiences make this an event they won't want to remember. There will be fun, frights and treats for the brave. Special prizes for kids in costume - or accompanied by a monster. Tours of the horrific conducted every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. 
Be A Superhero! Cub Scout Pow Wow
 
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Harborside Middle School, Milford

Join us for a fun-filled day that guarantees you will go home with many new skills and ideas that will make you seem like a superhero to your Cub Scouts. With over 30 classes to choose from and a midway packed with all kinds of presenters and displays, you are sure to gain some super skills to keep your program moving -- faster than a speeding bullet.
Wood Badge Reunion Dinner & Farewell
 
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Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby

Come renew old friendships and celebrate the Wood Badge spirit at the annual Wood Badge Reunion Dinner. This year's dinner is special for two reasons: 1. We are saying farewell to longtime Wood Badge Staff Adviser John Ralbovsky; and 2. Hear Eleanor Clark, award winning author, speaker and Boy Scout advocate speak about "The Legacy of Lord Baden-Powell," her 8th book commemorating the 100 years of Scouting in America. View complete details on the Council website. Reservation deadline of November 1. Donations are being accepted for the silent auction to raise funds for the Wood Badge scholarship fund.
Register Now As A BSA Alumni
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Some organizations define alumni as only those who have graduated. Not the BSA. Our alumni includes Eagle Scouts, but also includes present and former Scouts, Den Leaders and Scoutmasters, parents and camp staff. In short, if you are or have ever been involved in Scouting, you're one of us. Registering as a BSA Alumni is completely free and offers great benefits including three free issues of Scouting magazine, a free one-year membership to the National Scouting Museum, and a free "Reveille" ringtone. By registering, you can also help the Council qualify for one of four $5,000 grants for alumni related activities.
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Trail's End Popcorn Sale
 
More than 4,000 Scouts are out knocking on doors or crewing booths outside local grocery stores earning money for their local units through the annual popcorn sale. Sell online as well at scouts.trails-end.com.
 
A reminder to leaders that the return deadline for Show & Sell is October 25 and ordered deadline for Take Order is October 29. Contact your district popcorn kernel with any questions.
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Take a moment to recruit a friend or neighbor to join Scouts this fall. Simply pass on the link of www.beascout.org and they can find the closest pack or troop.
 
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As neighborhood children go door to door in search of tricks and treats, you might do well to be prepared with a small sticker or handout on Cub Scouting to put in the bag.
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