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Volunteer e-Bulletin

May 9, 2011

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


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

Lou Salute

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Useful Links 

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to our newest
Eagle Scouts


Nils Andersson
Jason Beals
Alex Boccardi
Andrew Calamita
Taylor Clark
Patrick Conolly
Joshua Crescenzi
Glenn D'Amato
Timothy Fengler, Jr.
Klaus Luther
Jason Schwartz
Dean Sheehan
Charles Simmons
Cameron Simpson

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


safety afloat training 

A newly revised Safety Afloat online training program is now live on in English. A Spanish version will be available soon. Any unit participating in an on-the-water boating activity must be supervised by at least one adult currently trained 

National Scout Shop



60 Wellington Road

Milford, CT 06461

(203)  876-0013 

Scout Swap Meet & Memorabilia Show

in conjunction with the Pomperaug District Camporee


Saturday, May 14 at Camp Pomperaug Dining Hall

1174 Buckley Highway, Union, CT


TOR opens at 9:30 a.m. 


Tables and tickets are available. Scouts in uniform and camporee participants are free. Please contact or (203) 378-9154 (evenings) for more information. 

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Program Kickoff: So Important, It Should Be Mandatory!


As parents and leaders, we all want the best possible program for our sons and daughters. Great programs begin with planning ... and planning begins at the Council Program Kickoff


Wednesday, May 18

6-7 p.m. Dinner & Program Exhibition

7-9 p.m. Program

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport 


Troop planningThe Program Kickoff is designed to give leaders all the tools and tips to plan an outstanding year-round Scouting program for their unit. All volunteer committees will be represented (that's over 30 tables); pick up the 2011-2012 Council Calendar & Leader's Program Directory; get answers to your burning questions. 


We'll also have door prizes including an autographed 2009-2010 UCONN Men's Basketball (including Kemba Walker!!). Parking is free. 


RSVP with your unit number, district and number of people attending to by May 11 so we are prepared with enough food and handouts. 


Fire and knives!!!  

Cub Scout Camp at Deer Lake Grand Opening
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. 

Additions Made To Internet Advancement Tool


Internet Advancement, the online service for units submitting youth member advancement, has been enhanced with a number of important new features, including:  
  • Youth Protection Training (YTP) completion date: The last YPT completed date from the person's record, if any, is displayed on the Unit Roster report. The course code is included based on the unit program type. 
  • View Previous Advancement Reports: This new feature provides access to the list of reports submitted for the unit. Units now have self-service access to each prior report that was submitted. 
  • Academic and Sports Belt Loops: Cub Scout packs may enter and submit the dates for the awards that have been earned by pack members. This feature is available by multiple-person entry and individual entry. 
  • Tiger Cub rank: Cub Scout packs may enter completion of the Tiger Cub rank for members who earned the award as a Tiger Cub but did not have it entered in their records. 
  • Each time an "Eagle-required" merit badge is displayed on screen or in a report, it will be marked with an '*'. 
  • When ranks and badges are uploaded from third-party software, a new matching report will show the names of members who were matched or not matched.  
Internet Advancement can be accessed through your account. 
New Social Media Guidelines Align With Youth Protection

Social Media GuidelinesThe Boy Scouts of America released a set of social media guidelines for Scouts and Scouting's adult leaders on how to safely use online social tools. These guidelines are part of the BSA's continuing efforts to enhance and expand its youth protection procedures. 

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 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. 
Eagle Scout Alvin Townley's Latest Book - "Fly Navy"


Alvin TownleyEagle Scout Alvin Townley has a knack for finding compelling stories. Like Legacy of Honor, his 2007 look at what it means to be an Eagle Scout, told through profiles of some remarkable men. Or Spirit of Adventure, the 2009 story of Eagle Scouts who are shaping America's future every day. The tradition continues in 2011 with Townley's third book, Fly Navy, which debuts today.


In honor of the official Centennial of Naval Aviation, Townley spent much of 2010 embedded with some of the men and women "who have worked together to launch aircraft off carrier flight decks for the past 100 years." The result of thousands of miles, several carrier landings, and conversations with heroes from the past and present? "A more inspiring and more personal story than I'd ever imagined," Townley says.

Wood Badge Sale Ends Soon!


wood badge participants

If you're thinking about Wood Badge this year, the Wood Badge Sale ends SOON. Don't miss this opportunity to save UP TO $40. The Early Bird fee of $235 jumps to $260 after May 15, and the late fee of $275 is charged for registrations received after July 31. If you need help with the fees, need-based scholarship funds are available. 


The 2011 course will be held over six days, August 26-28 and September 23-25 at Deer Lake Scout Reservation. The course starts each weekend on Friday morning (7:30 a.m.) and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. Contact  Course Director Jay Lubin,, or Staff Adviser Tony Vogl at (203) 876-6868, ext. 259 or

New Tour Plan Guidelines & Procedure

BSA Trademark 4kEffective as of 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.  
Boys' Life Humor


Q: How do birds find out about the conditions outside?

A: The Feather Channel

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