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Volunteer e-Bulletin

September 26, 2011

In This Edition
Sell Popcorn, Support Scouting
Scouting's Barriers to Abuse
$10 Tickets for Sound Tigers Game
Scout Day at Lime Rock
Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner & Auction
Are you SCOUTStrong?
Northern Tier Unveils New Website
Letter To The Editor
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

Lou Salute

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The Connecticut Yankee Council's annual Popcorn Sale is well under way with over 195 of our packs, troops crews and posts selling. What are you waiting for? If your unit isn't participating in the sale, you're missing out on some great revenue. Contact Staff Adviser Jonathan Pleva today for more information. 


Popcorn Sales Tip

Units who have their Scouts in front of the show-n-sell tables do signficantly better than those with Scouts behind? When you're setting up your table or booth, have your best salesmen -- your Scouts -- in front of the table showing off their product to customers as they walk by. 


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Happy CampersWe hope you're enjoying the fine weather outside. It's a great time of year with hundreds (even thousands) of new boys and families joining our ranks and learning all the excitement they have in store. As is always the case, there are many activities geared toward new or experienced families to participate in, and this newsletter just scratches the surface of all that is going on. 


There are two great opportunities coming right up in the next month to participate with your son: Scout Night at the Sound Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 29, and a new event we're hosting with Sports Broadcaster Dan Patrick on Friday, Nov. 4. You'll learn more about that soon. 


Great Resources For Great, Safe Programs Are At Your Fingertips


As new families are joining your unit, please be sure that they are receiving all the information and resources they need to be successful. Step 1 is training, and a great place to start is just one click away: MyScouting. Here you can take or renew the ever important Youth Protection Training as well as a whole menu of other online trainings available. 


There's an episode of The Simpsons where Homer is joining the Stonecutters and one of the members says to him: "The real number is 912." Well in Scouting, the real place to start for online resources is ScoutSource located at 


Of course the best and most up to date resource for local Scouting programs is always the Council website: 


Hurricane Irene - What Did Your Scouts Do To Help?


Stories have begun coming in of our Scouts and Explorers stepping up in service to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Please keep them coming and email any pictures or anecdotes to


Joined by city and public safety officials, members of West Haven Fire Explorer Post 3 are all smiles Sept. 12 at the North End Hose Company 3 firehouse on Spring Street after receiving a $2,500 check from The United Illuminating Co. for overseeing the emergency shelter at Carrigan School in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.


Scouting's Barriers to Abuse
Youth Protection LOGO The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for all programs. It's always worth a refresher on some of Scouting's barriers to abuse: 
  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings. 
  • One-on-one contact between adults and Scouts is prohibited. 
  • Separate accommodations are required for adults and Scouts. 
  • Privacy of youth is respected. 
  • Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, or digital devices is prohibited. 
  • There are no secret organizations in the BSA.
  • No hazing or bullying is permitted. 
  • Youth leadership is monitored by adult leaders. 
  • Appropriate attire is required for all activities. 
  • Members are responsible to act according to the Scout Oath and Law. 
  • Units are responsible to enforce Youth Protection Policies. 
$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. 

Scout Day at Lime Rock, September 30-October 1


Start your unit's program year with a roar at Scout Day at Lime Rock or just plan a fun day with the family. This easy camping event is perfect - just drive up and live out of the trunk of your car. Prepare your meals or buy them at the track concessions - either way there is nothing better than fan food at the track. An all-day program of amateur racing by some of the top-rated drivers in stock sedans and open wheeled race cars will ensure you have plenty to entertain Scouts of all ages. Camp Friday night - watch races Saturday 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. It doesn't get any better than this.
Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner & Auction


Wood Badge BeadsThe Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner is Sunday, November 6 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. This annual gathering brings together Wood Badge alumni and participants for an afternoon of fellowship, friendship and great food. The dinner also supports the Council's Wood Badge scholarship fund which helps make Scouting's premier adult leadership training course affordable to all leaders. A key part of the fundraising is the silent auction and we are looking for auction items. If you have anything of value to fellow Wood Badgers that you would like to donate, please contact Ray Moncevicius at

Are you SCOUTStrong? Take the Challenge!


scoutstrongpalaThe Boy Scouts of America and the President's Challenge program have teamed up to help Scouts of all ages and abilities increase their level of physical activity by completing SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by doing activities they enjoy like walking, hiking, playing outside with kids, mowing the lawn, yoga, and more. To achieve SCOUTStrong PALA, your goal is to be active at least five days a week for six out of eight weeks. Are you ready to take on the challenge?  

Northern Tier Unveils New Website


northern tierThe official website of Northern Tier, Scouting's gateway to adventure in the "Great North," has been completely revamped. Visitors to the site can explore the offerings available at Northern Tier's three bases, including millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests, and wetlands in northern Minnesota and Canada.   

Letter to the Editor


(9/9/11) -- I just read the latest e-bulletin and the first paragraph addressed the recent storms that have come through our area here in CT. In it, you welcome stories of how scouts have helped in our neighborhoods. Well, I don't have a heroic scout story per say, but it does speak of the credibility of a Scout.


I am originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and my entire family still lives there; 3 sisters, 2 brothers, mom, dad, nieces & nephews. 3 of my nephews are Eagle Scouts; my 19 year old son is an Eagle Scout and my 16 year old son is soon to be an Eagle Scout (his project is planned for the first weekend in October at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport), and 2 of my sisters were scout masters.  So, you can say that scouting runs deep in our family.  Having said that, N.E. Pennsylvania is currently experiencing flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and my family had to evacuate their homes yesterday for a minimum of 3 days, my oldest nephew and his wife among them.  My nephew is an EMT and a security guard.  So, on facebook yesterday, my nephew's wife is chatting with her mom who asked if they are OK.  Below is the message thread:

"So, my mom asked if Michael and I are prepared for a flood.  Pshh...we are prepared for floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, blizzards, swarms of locusts, and the zombie apocalypse.  We're good mom....we're good."  A friend then replies:

"Note to a boy scout."  To which my niece replies:

"Yes, they are very handy."


I thought this said it all. Scouting prepared him for life. He went into the medical field and continues to help others. He and his wife are at a local community college turned shelter for the flood victims and he is a security guard at the school. Whether he's on duty or off, I can guarantee you that he is helping out at the shelter any way he can.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I just felt compelled to share the story.


Nanette Nunemacher

Scout Mom - Troop 38 Bridgeport


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