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April 25, 2011

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Is your son attending Scout Camp this summer? 
In This Edition
Protection & Safety of Youth
Sign Up for Cub Camp at Deer Lake
BSA Introduces Robotics Merit Badge
Wood Badge 2011
Changes To Tour Plan Procedure
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership


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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 with inquiries. 

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.

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Do You Have An Elevator Speech for Scouting?


201104Scouts in ceremonyAs a volunteer or investor in this great Scouting program, do you feel empowered enough to give a 30-second elevator speech about Scouting?


No matter whether you consider yourself a great leader or are just an average American trying to make a difference, you should feel a sense of pride in what you accomplish as a leader and/or parent in Scouting. You are our greatest ambassador.


What is it about Scouting that means the most to you? Why is your son or daughter in this program and what change have you seen? If someone overheard you talking about Scouts, could you answer: "I'm proud to be involved and give my time or money and here's why." 


One mom recently shared with us that she feels Scouting is absolutely THE best program her son could possibly be involved in. Her son has had experience no other program provides, and he is an Eagle Scout because of the great adult mentors he met in his troop. 


It's easy to talk volunteer to volunteer about the many great things that Scouting does. Our challenge is to reach beyond our comfort zone and make our friends, co-workers, neighbors and community aware of just how important Scouting is to each of us. 


On another completely unrelated note ... what did your unit do to commemorate Earth Day? We'd like to know. Send pictures or articles to


Fire and knives!!!  

Protection and Safety of our Youth Is Priority #1


In case you missed it, April is Youth Protection month and there is nothing the Boy Scouts of America takes more seriously than the safety and protection of our Scouts. Just this past week, we sent out an email to all our adults regarding Scouting's Youth Protection policies, and we felt it was important enough to reinforce twice. 


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 or (203) 876-6868, Ext. 223. 

Sign Up Today for Cub Camp at Deer Lake

dinosaurThe 2011 Cub Scout Resident Camp is moving to our brand new camping facility at Deer Lake in Killingworth. With its beautiful lagoon, forest, fields and fauna, Deer Lake is the perfect place for Cub Scouts or Webelos to take their parents camping. 

Four camp sessions are available for Cub Scouts (boys entering grades 2-5) to choose from. These sessions share the Age of Dinosaurs theme and have nearly identical activities and programs, except that the longer sessions have more time for the fun stuff and of course bonding. Each session's program is designed for you and your partner to experience quality time doing things like shooting archery and BB-guns, swimming, camping, boating, fishing, doing crafts, sports and being outdoors. You're going to love the programs and you're going to love Deer Lake. ACT QUICK TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MAY 1ST EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. 
BSA Debuts New Merit Badge


Introduction to Robotics Merit Badge

There has been a lot of anticipation and excitement, but your patience has paid off! It's official - the Boy Scouts of America releases its latest Merit Badge - Robotics! It's the latest example of how Scouting embraces the interests of modern boys while preparing them for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, fields collectively known as STEM. 


Robotics is the BSA's 126th currently available merit badge and it joins the recently introduced Inventing and Geocaching merit badges as proof that the BSA knows what 21st century guys like. 

Six Madison Boys Attain Eagle Rank Together

(New Haven Register, 04/11/11) -- Raise three fingers to salute the six Madison boys who attained their Eagle Scout ranking Friday at Deer Lake Scout Reservation. An Eagle Scout ceremony is typically held for one or two Scouts, but the six teens from Troop 494 worked together since Cub Scouts and bonded through their shared experiences, so they decided to receive the highest ranking honor in Scouts exactly as they started: together. 

Energy Industry Good Scout Dinner Raises $100k


Eagle Scout Greg Butler accepts the Good Scout Award.
The Connecticut Energy & Public Utilities industries came together April 14 to honor two of their own and in turn raise over $100,000 for Scouting programs in our Council. This year's honorees were Greg Butler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Northeast Utilities and also an Eagle Scout; and Kevin DelGobbo, Chairman of the Connecticut Department of Public Utilities. This year's dinner 
Co-Chairs were Ramona Carlow, Vice President of Public Policy AT&T, and Jack Betkoski, Vice Chairman of the CT Department of Public Utilities. 

A special thanks to Andrew Maslar, a first year Scout in Stepney Volunteer Fire Department Troop 62 for his keynote remarks to the crowd of 230 business people, and to the Scouts from Monroe Congregational Church Troop 63 and Second Company, Governor's Foot Guard Association Troop 610 for their assistance in the opening ceremony.


Smartphone Pictures Can Pose Privacy Risks


Smartphone pictures may pose privacy risks
If you're like many of our volunteers, you walk around with a smartphone (iPhone, Droid, Blackberry) in your pocket and are constantly sharing pictures of your kids with friends or family. We came across this video online and thought our volunteers should be aware of some of the risks involved with sharing photos online.
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. 
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. The goal is to 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. 


Based on feedback from volunteers, we have implemented the following internal policies: 

  1. When a Tour Plan is received, an automatic message will be sent saying "We have received your Tour Plan and will process within 72 hours." They still need to be submitted at least two weeks in advance to allow time to correct any errors. An additional message will go out if there are any issues to be resolved or a scan of the approved Tour Plan. 
  2. Tour Plans will be processed in the order they are received and the approved Tour Plans will be returned to the unit contact (via email) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. They will be emailed to the Tour Leader. If you need the plan to be sent or copied to someone else, please indicate on the form or via email.  

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