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Volunteer e-Bulletin

January 7, 2011

In This Issue
Resolve To Get Trained
Be Our Fan on Facebook
Council Recognition Dinner & Annual Meeting
New Cub Scout Resident Camp at Deer Lake
Internet Advancement Now Mandatory
2011 Boy Scout Requirement Changes
Save On Electricity & Support Scouting
2011 FOS: Investment in Character
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2011 FOS: Investment in Character
2011 FOS Brochure
The Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America relies on its members and the greater community to make its programs available and affordable to all. The annual Friends of Scouting campaign has kicked off for 2011 with a new theme "An Investment in Character, an Investment in Your Son" and new support materials to help spread the message about the difference Scouting makes in the life of a boy.

Please consider making a personal investment as a Friend of Scouting when a volunteer visits your unit, or click here to make your investment today.

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Get Trained
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Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Many of Scouting's fundamental trainings are available online including Youth Protection, This Is Scouting, and all levels of Cub Scout leader training.
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Greetings!

Happy New Year!

There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in Scouting than at the dawn of a new century. We begin this year with five outstanding Scouters being honored with the Council's highest award at our annual Recognition Dinner on January 27 and I hope you'll be able to join us. We are also moving our Cub Scout Resident Camp to Deer Lake with a grand opening and dedication on Sunday, May 22, so mark your calendars now.

If you're looking for some new year's resolutions, here are a few to consider:
  1. Get trained. Every Scout deserves a trained leader, and we all know that trained leaders equals a quality program. Training is available for adults at all levels of involvement from new parent volunteers to veteran Scoutmasters.
  2. Participate in our programs. Our Council hosts some of the finest programs, activities and camps in the region and just about every weekend there is something going on. Visit our website often and check this newsletter every other week for the most up to date information.
  3. Spread the word. Great Scouting programs shouldn't be our area's best kept secret. Our volunteers, parents and Scouts are our best ambassadors so proudly share with your friends, neighbors and co-workers the impact that Scouting is having on your family.
  4. Invest in Scouting. Commitment to making a personal investment in our services and opportunities that are directly affecting your family.

Here's what's coming up ...

Council Recognition Dinner & Annual Meeting 
Thursday, January 27 at McClinch Family Center, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull

Silver Beaver AwardJoin our Scouting family as we celebrate our achievements and recognize volunteers and youth for extraordinary service to Scouting and their communities. All Scout volunteers, family members and friends are invited to attend. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Silver Beaver Awards to: Michael Berthiaume, Grant Evans, Bill Ference, Ross Lanius, and Jim Wardwell. The Silver Beaver award is the highest level award a local Council can present to a volunteer.

New Cub Scout Resident Camp at Deer Lake 


Cub Camp DinosaurBe there during the first summer of Cub Camp at Deer Lake. Four camp sessions are open for Cub Scouts, Webelos and their parents to participate in fun, adventure and bonding. A theme of "Return to the age of Dinosaurs" promises to engage your son's imagination. Each session's programs are designed for you and your son to experience quality time doing things like shooting archery and BB-guns, swimming, camping, boating, fishing, building crafts, playing sports and being outdoors. You're going to love the program, and you're doing to love Deer Lake.

Internet Advancement Now Mandatory 


Effective January 1, all units in the Council are required to record advancement online through Internet Advancement. This brings us in line with other Councils who are already eliminating paper advancement forms in an effort to bring Scout records up to date. When purchasing ranks, the Scout Shop will only accept printouts from Internet Advancement.

 

Both your unit and the Council benefit from this change. In addition to substantial time savings for staff at the Council Resource Center, it prevents reporting advancement for Scouts who are not registered. It also helps the unit by eliminating a backlog in advancement records and making sure that advancements are accurate and complete for each Scout. 

 

For compelte information on how the Internet Advancement is implemented, visit the news section of the Council website, please contact your district executive or Council Registrar Kathy Znosko.

2011 Boy Scout Requirement Changes 

2011 Boy Scout Requirements
Any great organization constantly tweaks and adapts its requirements to better reach its members, and the Boy Scouts of America is no exception. Several changes have been made to requirements that you should be aware of. One big item is more of a clarification than a complete chaneg. Bugler is not an official position of responsibility for Eagle Scout, but it is ok to use with Life or Star ranks.

 

Additional changes affect Life rank, as well as revisions to Astronomy, Horsemanship and Nuclear Science merit badges; minor updates to Archery and Sports merit badges; and three new merit badges added in 2010, Geocaching, Inventing and Scouting Heritage, have been added to the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements Book.  

Save On Electricity, Support Scouting 

Starion Energy


The Connecticut Yankee Council is teaming up with Starion Energy to offer family and friends a free savings on electricity without changing utility companies. By switching your provider to Starion, the Council receives a one-time payment of $5 for residential and $15 for commercial accounts plus a percentage of their electric bill each month at $2 per 1,000 kWh. This is split between the Council and your unit. Contact Lenny Benson at (203) 559-8630 to learn how you can save money on your electric bill and help support Scouting each month just by turning on the lights. Starion is available for employee or unit presentations.

 
This newsletter is proudly sponsored by YellowPages.
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We are proud to partner with you as Scouting begins its new century and are looking forward to great things to come in 2011. Thank you for the role you play in making them happen.

Sincerely,


Tony Vogl

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Connecticut Yankee Council

60 Wellington Road

Milford, CT 06461

P (203) 876-6868

F (203) 876-6884

www.ctyankee.org


The Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 25,000 young people in Fairfield, New Haven and parts of Hartford counties. Scouting's programs encourage youth to pursue their special interests, make new friends, gain a respect for their environment, develop leadership skills and give back to their community. For more information, please visit www.ctyankee.org.