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Volunteer e-Bulletin

December 12, 2011

In This Edition
Council Recognition Dinner Jan. 26
Last Chance To Register for Merit Badge College
Stuff Your Stockings with Globetrotters Tickets
Go Big, Get Wild at National Jamboree
Bobby Valentine Video for our Scouts
Still time To Register for YLT
Scouting in the News
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Lou Salute

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 for a special monthly update on ConnJam 2012, our Council-wide Jamboree. Debuting in December, it is designed to give you a regular update of programs and activities, as well as useful information you need to participate with your unit.

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This newsletter is designed to give you a sampling of some of the activities and programs going on around the Council. Browse through, forward along to your friends and let us know what you'd like to see. The Volunteer e-Bulletin is made possible thanks to your support of Friends of Scouting. 
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I like to start these newsletters with some recognition or positive story. We added a new recognition level for our popcorn sales this year and 11 Scouts stepped up to meet it with over $3,000 in sales each. In recognition of their efforts, they were each presented with an iPad 2. Congratulations to Jacob Grimm, Adam Glassman, Zachary Rilling, Chase Gulick, Ben Ratner, Luke Riordan, Ricky Becker, Ryan Sullivan, Nathan Cannata, Andrew Berry, and Matthew Kolotylo, who sold a combined $32,018 of popcorn. You earned it!


When we first began this Volunteer e-Bulletin, part of the plan was that it would not be a primarily fundraising tool for the Council. If your inbox is anything like mine, you receive plenty of solicitations already and, again like mine, probably direct them into your spam or even trash folders. This electronic newsletter was designed to inform volunteers of a menu of activities and initiatives both locally and nationally that can help make a better program for our Scouts. 


But from time to time, there is the need to directly appeal to our families for their help in making our programs operate on a Council-level. As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to let you know about two programs that you can participate in that will make a BIG difference in the kinds of programs we are able to support. 

  1. Friends of Scouting. As you are considering your year-end giving, please keep the Boy Scouts in mind. We don't like to think of ourselves as a charity, but every dollar we spend on programs in this Council is raised locally and a large percentage comes from our families themselves. If you've already made your pledge, we THANK YOU for your support. If you have not, you can visit and make your pledge today. It's 100% tax deductible and is truly an investment that will impact your child's character their whole life through. 
  2. Popcorn for Patriots. We want to thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Military this holiday season with gifts of popcorn, but we need your help. Our Scouts have already helped us get to 72 percent of our goal, and there is still time to help make a difference. You can help in one of two ways: Make a donation to our Popcorn for Patriots campaign yourself, or send send an email to friends, neighbors and co-workers, inviting them to donate to this cause. Your support can make all the difference
Thank you for all that you do, through your volunteer involvement and direct financial support of Scouting. On behalf of the entire staff and Board of Directors of the Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America, I wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays! 


Yours in Scouting, 

Louis D. Salute

Save The Date - Council Recognition Dinner January 26
Scouting programs are great because of the dedicated volunteers and senior Scouts who make them happen. Most do not volunteer or ask for the recognition, but it is certainly appreciated when it comes. The annual Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting is Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the McClinch Family Center in Trumbull. Mark your calendars to join us as we celebrate the past year and recognize some Scouters whose impact has gone a long way toward making Scouting great. 
Last Chance for Merit Badge College Registrations
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The deadline to register for the Merit Badge College is Wednesday, Dec. 14. This is an opportunity for Scouts First Class and above to receive instruction and earn merit badges in subjects where a counselor may not be available through their local units. Complete details for Merit Badge College are on the Council website, but act quickly because registration closes on Wednesday. Payments can be done online or by check, cash or credit card at the Council Resource Center. 
Stuff Your Stockings With Tickets to the Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Bridgeport and bringing a great deal for Scouts. For only $17 (regular price is $25), you can have a ticket to the game in special Scout group seating. Register soon, definitely no later than December 21, to get in on this great opportunity to see the antics of the Globetrotters up close. contact Jon Pleva at for more information. 
Go Big, Get Wild at National Jamboree 2013

Get ready!  The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is coming and it ain't your father's jamboree.  We're talking seriously high adventure, people!  Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, and more - with 50,000 of your closest friends at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in the wilds of West Virginia. Start planning now to be a part of history at the very first jamboree at The Summit -- July 15-July 24, 2013.

'Good Scout' Functions Raise Important $$ for Scouting
Bobby Valentine Accepts Good Scout Award
Bobby Valentine Accepts Good Scout Award
Most families will participate and support Scouting through Friends of Scouting and the popcorn sale. The Council's development staff work year-round to provide opportunities for the business community to support Scouting through our "Good Scout" luncheons and dinners. The most recent event recognized M. Jay Forgotson, CEO of The Bank of New Canaan, Joseph Rucci, Jr., founding partner of Rucci, Burnham & Carta; and Bobby Valentine, Manager of the Red Sox. Through their influence and network, we were able to raise over $75,000 to support Scouting programs in our Council. While the Red Sox scheduled a press conference on the day of the dinner (Dec. 1), Mr. Valentine was able to record a special message for our Scouts and accept the award. We congratulate these and all the honorees from our Good Scout events throughout the year.  
  • For more information on these or other fundraising functions of the Council, please contact Tony Vogl at  
Still Time To Register for Youth Leader Training in January
Got a Scout in your troop who is serving as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, or has the potential of serving in this position? Your son or daughter going to be Crew President? Youth Leadership Training is for them. There is still time to register for Scouting's premier youth leadership training course. The Scouts will leave armed with tools to make their unit programs better and be a stronger leader of their peers. The course is January 5-8 and 13-15, 2012 at Deer Lake. Register by December 15 to take advantage of the early bird registration discount of $20. Contact Course Director Mike Abrahamson at for more information. 
Read All About It - Scouting in the News
Wallingford Troop 4 Gives Back To The Community
WALLINGFORD - Boy Scouts from Troop 4, Wallingford, spent Veterans Day giving back to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, their sponsor, by doing the fall clean up around the church. St. Paul's has sponsored Troop 4 for more than 75 years. Troop 4 also recently participated in the annual Boy Scout "Scouting for Food" community service project, collecting food in Wallingford to donate to Master's Manna to help our local citizens. The boys spent two Saturdays distributing food bags and then collecting donations.

Has your unit been in the news? Email with a link to the article for future publication. 

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