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Volunteer e-Bulletin

May 30, 2011

In This Edition
Scout Earns Medal of Merit
Get Your Scouter's Directory
Council Kickoff Exceeds All Expectations
Scouting in the News
ConnJam Returns in 2012
e-Bulletin Wins National Award
Fun for the Entire Family at Bluefish Scout Night
Remarks from Sec. of Defense Robert Gates
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
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40 Scouters have already committed to taking Scouting's top adult training this fall. Wood Badge is a six-day, intensive leadership course giving you skills and values to strengthen your home unit. The course is August 26-28 and September 23-25 at Deer Lake Scout Reservation and space is still available for additional participants. The course is filling up quickly so send your registration in today to hold your spot. Scholarships are available for anyone who may need financial help. 




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Deer Lake Cub Camp Dedicated!

2011 05 22 Good Turn Dining Hall
The "Good Turn Dining Hall" at Deer Lake.

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers and donors, Cub Scouts and their families now have a permanent home for resident camp at Deer Lake Scout Reservation starting this summer. Over 250 volunteers, donors, supporters, Scouts and staff turned out on Sunday, May 22 to officially dedicate the camp and thank those who have made this wonderful property possible. 


2011 05 22 Opening CeremonyCouncil President Doug Machin noted during his remarks that this has been a long process, spanning at least four Council Presidents, but that the results speak for themselves. A new dining hall with a capacity of 298, six new lean-to campsites, three new bath/shower houses (with flush toilets), all the infra-structure to support it, and of course a brand new, high-energy Cub Scout program await our Cub Scouts this summer. And two weeks are already sold out. 


 View an album of some of the pictures
from the Grand Opening. 


There is simply not enough room to thank everyone who has been a part of making this project possible, but feel a sense of pride whatever your involvement in what we have accomplished. 


Fire and knives!!!  

Congratulations Ian Knight, Medal of Merit Recipient 


2011 05 18 Ian Knight Medal of Merit
Ian Knight from Danbury Troop 9 was awarded the Medal of Merit by Council Advancement Chairman Chester Wickett in front of more than 300 attendees at the Council's Program Kickoff, May 18, for "performing an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others" in coming to the aid of his brother when his brother suffered a seizure. Ian used the skills learned in Scouting to stay calm and rendered lifesaving assistance by placing his brother on his side so that fluid causing his brother to emit a gurgling noise would not cause him to choke. This allowed his brother to breathe. At the same time, he told his younger brother to call 911. Ian stayed assisted his brother until emergency personnel arrived. 

75 people nationally were awarded the Medal of Merit in 2010, and a total of 6,002 have been awarded since 1946. Congratulations Ian, and all his leaders for putting Scouting training into action. 
Extra, Extra! Read All About It! 
The annual Program Calendar and Scouter's Directory is printed and available free to  all volunteers. This publication is more than just a printed calendar of meetings and events. It's a complete directory of all that is going on in the Council. It's got maps and directions, phone numbers and extensions, dates and details ... plus ads from some of our supporters. 


If you didn't pick up your copy yet from the Program Kickoff, contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive. Additional copies are available at the Council Resource Center, thru your district Roundtable and at other Council/district events and gatherings. 

Please remember to use this as a resource, and if you use any of the services advertised in the book, please be sure to thank them for supporting Scouting. 
Council Program Kickoff Exceeds All Expectations


2011 05 18 Kickoff TablesOver 400 Scouters from across the Council, representing nearly every town, attended our Council Program Kickoff on Wednesday, May 18 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. This annual event is an opportunity to showcase all the activities, programs and initiatives of the Council coming up in the next year and gives leaders the tools they need to plan a great program for their dens, packs, troops, crews, ships or posts.  


This also represents the beginning of what we hope is a long relationship with the new owners of the Arena. As was announced at the Kickoff, Scouting has a home in Bridgeport. On October 29, we are planning a Scouts-only AHL hockey game, and we are also planning a unique Scouts vs. Harlem Globetrotters activity for February 2012. Stay tuned for further details as they are developed and broadcast. 
  • Please take a five minute survey and give us your feedback on the Program Kickoff.
"City Council Honors Scouts For Community Work"


NORWALK HOUR (5/24/2011) -- When John Moritz of Boy Scout Troop 2 learned that the city was moving forward with plans to shape Oyster Shell Park into a model "green" environmental park, he knew exactly how he wanted to earn his ...

Has your unit been in the press? We'd love to share it. Email with a link or write-up for publication in future e-Bulletins. 
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Do you have plans for May 12-15, 2012? If they don't include attend the Connecticut Yankee Council's ConnJam 2012, you're going to miss out on something big! Planning has already begun on putting together this incredible program and we expect to have over 3,000 Scouts, Scouters, parents and guests in attendance. If you've got ideas of what you'd like to see or would like to be a part of the planning committee, email Chairman Michael Card at

Council Newsletter Wins BSA Award


The Connecticut Yankee Council's "Volunteer e-Bulletin" was the winner for the Best E-Newsletter category in the 13th Annual National President's Awards for Marketing Excellence. The Council also earned Honorable Mention for our Website. Click here to view all the winners.

Fun for the Entire Family at Bluefish Scout Night, June 18!

2011 Scout Night at the Bluefish patchThe annual Scout Night at the Bluefish is set for Saturday, June 18 at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. It's a great way to celebrate Father's Day, or just to spend an evening out with the Scouting family at the ballpark. Enjoy a fun game of baseball, an on-field parade, FIREWORKS, a movie on the jumbo-tron and a campout in the outfield. Plus get an autograph from "BB" in the morning and of course an incredible patch. 

Scouting activities don't get much better or easier. Follow the link below or email to request tickets for your pack. At only $16 a ticket, they're an incredible value for all that you get.  
Remarks from Sec. of Defense & Eagle Scout Robert Gates




"Good homes and good parents produce strong boys, but Scouting tempers the steel." View remarks by U.S. Secretary of Defense and Distinguished Eagle Scout Robert Gates to the National Annual Meeting.

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