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Volunteer e-Bulletin

April 8, 2011

 
In This Edition
Guide To Safe Scouting Updated
Summer Jobs at Deer Lake
American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award
Cub Scout Camp at Deer Lake Grand Opening
Cub Scout Day Camp
Deer Lake Maintenance Committee
Scouting in the News
Wood Badge 2011
Scout Night at the Bluefish
New Tour Plan Guidelines
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership

 

Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

Lou Salute


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Serving Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport

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Serving Hamden, Meriden, North Haven, Southington and Wallingford

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Serving Bethany, Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge

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Congratulations
to our newest
Eagle Scouts

 

William Bonagura
Ian Brocksieper
Zack Czelada
Keith Levy
Daniel Patnaude
David Scammon
Raymond Simmon II
Antonio Torres III
Jeffrey White

Thursday, June 9
The Omni New Haven
Basic Leader Training 
Training Corner

 


To help Scout Leaders find upcoming courses, we have a catalog of future courses to the Council website: Online Catalog. The catalog lists district and Council training courses alphabetically by course name and then date, with links to more information, including registration flyers. The information presented is identical to training courses listed on the website calendar, but in a more convenient format.

Earn Money for Your Unit

 

Earn money for your unit while saving money on your electric bill. Connecticut Yankee Council has teamed up with Starion Energy to reduce family and friends' electric bill. Click this link, complete the form and your unit earns $2.50 for each enrollment plus a percentage of their electric bill each month. Payments automically deposited to your unit account. 
National Scout Shop

 

 

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Springtime is Recruiting Time for Scouting

 

Daffodils are blooming, the air is warming ... could spring finally be here?

 

These next few months are full of activities, programs and opportunities to support a solid program for the Scouts in your unit. Whether it's signing your family up for one of our springtime activities like the Fishing Derby or the Scout Nights at the Bluefish or Rock Cats, or preparing to attend summer camp this summer, there's no doubt that Scouting is alive and well. 

 

Spring also gives us a tremendous opportunity to invite new families to join Scouting. Bringing new boys in now gives them the chance to go to camp, earn a badge and participate in all the great things we enjoy. It can be as simple as a post on your Facebook page about your recent activity, or a word with a friend after school. Some Cub Scout packs have hosted after-school ice cream socials or Boy Scout troops will have a "Bring A Buddy Night" and show off the troop's talents. Talk with your unit commissioner or district executive about what you can do to help share the adventure of Scouting with your friends. 

 

Before you close this email, save the date of Wednesday, May 18 for the Council's annual Program Kickoff. We'll have all the tools you need to plan an ideal year of Scouting at an entirely new venue, the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. 

 

Fire and knives!!!  

Guide To Safe Scouting Updated

 

Guide to Safe ScoutingAfter a thorough review and an extensive revision, the latest version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is now available online. The changes include revisions of some sections and elimination of others due to a lack of relevance. The printed Guide to Safe Scouting will be available for purchase in April. Please contact your District Executive or Unit Commissioner with any questions.

Summer Jobs Available at Deer Lake

 

Work at Deer Lake Cub Scout Summer Camp. There are still some choice positions available. August 1-21. Please share this information with older Scouts (at least 16 years old). This is a great opportunity for them. Contact Dan Cooley at dan.cooley@scouting.org with inquiries. 

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

American Legion LOGODid you know that scholarships for Eagle Scouts are available through the American Legion? The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000 scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. Further information is available from department adjutants or the Americanism and Children & Youth Division

Cub Scout Camp at Deer Lake Grand Opening
SAVE THE DATE -- Sunday, May 22, 2-5 p.m.

110317deer lake dining hallJoin the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Yankee Council as we officially open our newest summer resident camp program at Deer Lake Scout Reservation. This camp will provide memories and experiences to more than 300 Cub Scouts and their families this summer and thousands more in the future. Join in our celebration, tour the camp, enjoy the Scouting fellowship and some refreshments. Please RSVP to Karen Caiati at kcaiati@bsamail.org or (203) 876-6868, Ext. 223. 

Cub Scout Day Camp - Two Great Themes, Double The Fun

Day Camp CoverThe world of horses and laboratories, cowboys and scientists, experiments and FUN await for Cub Scouts attending Cub Scout Day Camp. Come and learn the games, traditions, crafts and sports found in the worlds of Mad Scientists and the Wild West. Cub Scouts can participate in many types of activities including water activities, archery, field sports, nature, arts and crafts, Scout skills, and a variety of other events. All areas (especially archery and water activities) place a special emphasis on safety procedures. Each week also has a Family Day complete with awards and a campfire or ceremony in the afternoon. It's a fun-filled week of challenging Cub Scout activities, exciting adventures and new friendships. Camp is open to all Cub Scouts who will be in first thru fifth grades as of September 2011.

Sign Up For Deer Lake Maintenance Committee

 

Deer Lake Scout Reservation has been a great resource for Connecticut Yankee Council and its predecessors for many years. The recent capital improvement campaign to provide Cub Scout resident camp facilities is underway, and some of the facilities will be put to use for the first time this year. Due to the increase in buildings and improvements, a permanent Deer Lake Maintenance Committee has been established to maintain and protect our investment at Deer Lake.

 

You are invited to join the e-mail group to get news about what's going on at Deer Lake, including opportunities to volunteer at work parties, photos of the accomplishments made, minutes of the Deer Lake Maintenance Steering Committee meetings, and other items of interest about the Camp. To subscribe, simply send an e-mail to: DeerLakeMaint-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

You will then receive a few e-mail messages per month, and have access to the photos and other items on the group site. There is no obligation to participate if you would like to sign up just to stay informed. We hope that many people will get involved, even if it's only once or twice a year, to help us improve the Camp and make it the best facility possible for our youth. All skill levels are welcome!  Please take a few minutes right now to send an e-mail to the address above, and become part of the Deer Lake community on line!

Yours in Scouting, 

Ted Langevin

Chairman, Deer Lake Maintenance Committee

SCOUTING IN THE NEWS
Madison Boy Scout Troop 1 Celebrates 100 Years

 

Feb. 6 was the 100th birthday of Boy Scout Troop #1 of Madison. The Troop, also known as Troop 491, meets regularly at the American Legion Hall on Bradley Road. Known for its service to the community and for its winter camping trips, the Troop celebrated with a luncheon for past leaders and area Eagle Scouts. Pictured are past and currant scout masters (back row, row left to right) Wayne Davidovich, Stephen Anderson, Ted Langevin, ASM Rock Marsh, Raymond Hencir; (front row, left to right) Rich Nichols, Sheldon Inkster, Donald Liepelt, Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson (past committee chairman), Kevin Brudrett, and John Wu.. 
Wood Badge 2011 - Scouting's Premier Adult Training

 

wood badge participantsRegistration is now open to attend Wood Badge 2011, Scouting's premier adult leadership training course. For two full weekends, you'll learn contemporary leadership concepts and discover how to apply they to Scouting's programs; understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs; and revitalize your commitment to Scouting. Most importantly, you'll have FUN. A staff of veteran Scouters, led by Course Director Jay Lubin has been assembled and is looking forward to welcoming you into the course. The course is August 26-28 and September 23-25 at Deer Lake Scout Reservation. 
Scout Night at the Bluefish

 

Bluefish LogoCelebrate Father's Day with a great game of baseball, a full evening of fun, cheer and a campout at the annual Scout Night at the Bluefish! This activity draws more than 1,500 Scouts and families each year from all over the Council. It features an opening parade around the field, a movie on the big screen and an incredible patch! Plus an autograph session with 'BB.' Order early to reserve your seats (don't wait until deadline). 

New Tour Plan Guidelines & Procedure

BSA Trademark 4kEffective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national Tour Permits will be replaced by a "Tour Plan" and the online tour permit system are longer be available. The tour plan is a checklist for best practices to be prepared for safe and fun adventure. Completing the tour plan may not address all possible challenges but can help ensure that appropriate planning has been conducted, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure. In addition, the plan helps to organize safe and appropriate transportation to and from an event, and defines driver qualifications and minimum limits of insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles used to transport participants.

 
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