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July 25, 2011

In This Edition
Get Pumped for Popcorn at Kickoff
Chess Merit Badge On The Way
$10 Tickets for Sound Tigers Game
Bridgeport Scouts March in Parade
Scouts Can Be International Ambassadors
Register Now for Camp Sikorsky
Fairfield Boy Scout Builds Benches
ConnJam Returns in 2012
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It's searing hot outside and we hope that you are staying as cool as possible and drinking plenty of fluids. It's no doubt that the waterfront is one of the most popular program areas at Camp Sequassen and Deer Lake this summer. 

Longfellow School Cub Scouts are presented their Bobcat Badges at their first award ceremony.

While many of our Scouts are away at resident camp and day camp, boys enrolled in our Bridgeport and New Haven after-school programs are meeting throughout the summer in the air-conditioned schools working on their belt loops and earning their Bobcat badges. For many of these boys, it's their first exposure to Scouting and from the looks on their faces, they couldn't be more excited. 

More than 120 boys are participating in seven after-school Cub Scout Packs in Bridgeport. These represent the start of a renewed commitment by the Council's Board of Directors to serve young people in Bridgeport with a positive, outcomes-based program so they can have the same opportunities that kids in surrounding suburban communities have. 

Generous investments made through Friends of Scouting and from local businesses and foundations have made Scouting available to kids like those shown at Longfellow School. Thank you. 
Fire and Knives!!
Get Pumped For Popcorn at Kickoff 


popcorn kidHas your unit signed up for the 2011 popcorn sale? Come to the Leader's Kickoff on August 18 to learn more about the sale, find out what's new and what has changed, and most importantly, earn a three percent bonus commission just for attending. 


For those who are not sure or on-board yet, come hear what the sale is about. You do not need to be committed to attend the Kickoff. This is the Council's major fundraiser and is a win-win-win for the Council, for your unit and for all our boys. Both your unit and the Council earn at least 30 percent of the profit on every sale and your boys can earn great gift card prizes and other special recognitions. Please don't miss this opportunity to raise the funds necessary to have a great program for your boys. Be sure your unit is represented. 

'Chess' Merit Badge Coming Your Way Soon


Chess MB Pamphlet The BSA's newest merit badge, Chess, will be launched in September with some exciting events designed to raise interest and awareness. The kickoff event will take place at the grand opening of the new Chess Hall of Fame on September 8-10. The merit badge pamphlet is being printed and should be in Scout Shops in late August. 

$10 Tickets Available For Special Sound Tigers Game


Bridgeport Sound Tigers Come join us for a Scout Night like none other. We've set an aggressive goal of filling the stands for this Scouts-only game and we want 5,000 Scouts and families there. Everyone gets a free patch. Special post-game autograph session with the players and a VIP post game skate on the ice. Plus any new Scouts joining from June 1st to October 21st receive a free ticket and will appear on the ice before the game. Tickets are only $10 each!!! Contact Jonathan Pleva at for more information. 

Bridgeport Scouts March in Juneteenth Parade


bridgeport kidsScouting is once again alive and growing in Bridgeport. More than 50 boys representing Urban Scouting programs across the city proudly marched in the annual Juneteenth Parade. These boys are all members of seven newly organized Cub Scout packs at Bridgeport schools. 

Scouts Can Be International Ambassadors


People to People LogoBoy Scouts and Venturers will be invited this fall to learn more about an outstanding opportunity with People to People Student Ambassadors. We have partnered for a second year in row with People to People Student Ambassadors as it is a great opportunity to expand your friendships with students outside of Scouts, to represent Scouts and to learn of other summer opportunities. Look for your invitation in the mail at the end of July/ first part of August and attend your local information in September to learn more. Visit to preview the program.


Register Now for Camp Sikorsky

Sikorsky ScoutsThe annual Camp Sikorsky merit badge weekend is set for September 16-18 at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. Scouts and Venturers can earn high-tech merit badges such as American Businesses, Aviation, Chemistry, Computers, Crime Prevention, Drafting, Electricity, Energy, Engineering, Fire Safety and Space Exploration alongside the experts at Sikorsky Aircraft. This is one event that sells out early and we will close registration once the attendance bar is met, so get your registration in early. Contact Karen Caiati at with any questions or follow the link below to download a detailed registration flyer. 
Fairfield Boy Scout Builds Benches for Parkgoers


Will Fulda, a rising Junior at Fairfield Warde High School, is shooting for an Eagle (badge) by installing four benches along the trails at Lake Mohegan. Fulda and volunteers installed the benches on Sat., July 16. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned an Eagle badge in 2010.

Has your unit been in the press? We'd love to share it. Email with a link or write-up for publication in a future e-Bulletin.  

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Do you have plans for May 11-13, 2012? If they don't include attending 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

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