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Volunteer BulletinOctober 29, 2010


It's hard to believe with the balmy weather outside, but October is nearly over. But programs are in full swing and our fall and winter is already full of programs, opportunities, trainings and other services from the Council to help make great Scouting programs happen.


A reminder to all unit leaders that you can begin rechartering your unit as of November 1 and the Council-wide Recharter Day is November 20. Start by visiting and contact your District Commissioner with any questions.

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Connecticut artist Craig H. Smith known for his wood carving skills, presented a 100th Anniversary of Scouting-themed pumpkin to the Connecticut Yankee Council. The pumpkin is currently in the lobby of the Council Resource Center.

Please check the Connecticut Yankee Council website for updates to all activities, programs and events.

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.
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 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.
Wood Badge Reunion Dinner & Auction
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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.

A Silent Auction is being held to benefit the Wood Badge Scholarship Fund. Items being auctioned include: pairs of tickets to New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins on 1/2/11, a pair of tickets to the men's UConn Basketball vs. Marquette, tickets to the Big Apple Circus, a special collection of 2000 Sydney Olympics, knives, mugs and plenty of patches. Please bring your wallets with cash, checks or credit cards to place bids on these items. For a complete viewing of all items, visit The site will be updated to the day of the auction. For more information or to make a donation to the auction, contact Ray Moncevicius at

Dr. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld To Be Honored as Distinguished Eagle Scout
Dr. Jeff SonnenfeldSaturday, November 13
Horchow Hall, Yale University
The Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America and the National Eagle Scout Association is proud to present the Distinguished Eagle Scout award to Dr. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld. Dr. Sonnenfeld is the founder and president of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute as well as senior associate dean of executive programs for the Yale School of Management. The award is being presented in conjunction with a panel discussion featuring Gubernatorial candidates Thomas Foley, Oz Griebel, Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy, Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, Former US Congressman Christopher Shays, and Dr. Sonnenfeld. The panel is moderated by Eleanor Clift, a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine and regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. Tickets are $150 per individual and seating is limited. Please contact Janine Wolfe at (203) 876-6868, Ext. 244 for information on attending and/or sponsoring the event.
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.
National Outdoor Awards
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To recognize that passion for adventure, the BSA announces its new National Outdoor Awards. As we told you last year, the awards are available to Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who meet specific requirements in one of five subject areas: camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. There are two levels of the award. Boys can start with the National Outdoor Badges, seen at left. These are earned by boys who demonstrate "that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge." For more information, check out the link to Scouting Magazine 
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Trail's End Popcorn Sale

IMPORTANT REMINDER - The Take Order deadline for popcorn is today. All orders must be submitted online. Call or e-mail Jonathan Pleva at (203) 876-6868, Ext. 286 or with any questions.

Thank you to all the units who are participating in this year's Trail's End Popcorn Sale.
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Take a moment to recruit a friend or neighbor to join Scouts this fall. Simply pass on the link of and they can find the closest pack or troop.

Recruiting isn't just done in September and October. It's a year-round process. A simple and easy way to show your Scouting pride is to post a "Join Scouting" yard sign in your front lawn. Contact your District Executive for more information.

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